Monday, February 28, 2011

Oscar-nominated films on Kindle, Dvd/Blu-Ray. HarperCollins limits library loans.


Click on the image at the left or on this line to get Amazon's Oscars page.

For books that either inspired or followed Oscar-nominated films, see Kindle Film Reads: 2011 Oscar Nominees and more, on Kindle.   I loved The King's Speech and Colin Firth's performance in it, but for some reason, that particular title is not available on Kindle at this time.

  It's available only in paperback, and the video is to be released April 18 on Blu-Ray and DVD, although there are 114 reviews of the movie when normally we will want to see reviews of the DVD/Blu-Ray quality and any extra features.  People are pre-ordering with a lower-price guarantee.

There are Kindle books for other nominated films though, including The Social Network

Ultimate Movie Quiz, is a recently-released movie trivia game for Kindle, with 10 rounds of questions that increase in difficulty or in a continuous stream, and with a countdown timer if you want a bigger challenge.

New York Times Media Decoder's Julie Bosman reports that while a print book can be checked out of a library countless times, HarperCollins, announced that:
'... it had revised its restrictions for libraries that offer its e-books to patrons."
. . .
HarperCollins said on Friday that ... beginning March 7, its books may be checked out only 26 times before the license expires.

“We believe this change balances the value libraries get from our titles with the need to protect our authors and ensure a presence in public libraries and the communities they serve for years to come,” it said in a statement. The policy does not affect books already licensed by libraries.

Steve Potash, the chief executive of OverDrive, a provider of e-books to public libraries, said HarperCollins was the first publisher to limit how many times an e-book may be checked out.
. . .
While hundreds of publishers make their e-books available to libraries, at least two major publishers, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan, do not.
. . .
Librarians fumed about the limit, complaining that it would require them to pay more for HarperCollins’s books when budgets are being cut.
. . .
Overdrive's Potash said the change would force some libraries, especially those that stock a lot of best sellers, to be more careful about the publishers from which they buy.  “Libraries will have to consider whether they want to invest in titles that, after a year or 18 months or so, they’ll have to replenish or buy additional units,” he said.  “There will be some who may have to be more selective about how they can use their digital book budgets.”

On Sunday, he said that OverDrive would take HarperCollins titles out of its general e-book catalog, which would keep them available but make them less easily accessible. '

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  1. The King's Speech was an original screenplay not an adaptation from a book, so that is why there is no book for it.

  2. Old school publishers continue to not get it. People are not going to pay more for digital formats. Publishers no longer have the costs of making a book like they did in the past. These savings can be passed on to the consumer and the publishers can still get their high profit margin.

    Now, they are really desperate in limiting the library license. Why don't they have a license for current books? The consumer can copy a library book as easily as an ebook, but the majority do not. It is the almighty buck that these publishers are worried about.

    Ebooks are part of a library's future. An appropriate business model for publishers needs to be embraced such that a library is where books are lent to the public as our founding fathers intended. And the libraries should not have to go bankrupt to do it!

  3. Daz, not sure you read the whole blog entry, but I linked to the paperback, as I said - this was published (and is sold by Amazon) in November.

    Also, there's even a Kindle page made for the book by Amazon.

    And, as the owner of a NookColor that I bought for my color magazines and Photoshop books, I bought a copy of this book (written by the son of the King's speech consultant, from the notes left by his father) for my NookColor. It's an interesting book, which is why I linked to the paperback copy when I found Amazon's page for the Kindle book still says "Pricing information not available."

  4. Anonymous,
    Although the 26-loan limit on public library e-books from HarperCollins (owned by Robert Murdoch), note that both Macmillan and Simon & Schuster do not allow ANY public library loaning at all on their e-books.

    When I was looking at how many of my Kindle books were approved by publishers for the Kindle loaning program, the ones that were from Hachette (one of the Big 5 publishers) WERE approved for that but none of my HarperCollins eBooks had been approved for that (at the time -- I haven't checked since the first week of the loan program).

  5. Wow, now I can navigate here for both movies and Kindle.

    I don't think that the writer of the screenplay brought his mother--he is well into his golden years and is the one who quipped something to the effect that he had been told he would be a late bloomer.

    It was the director, Tom Hooper, who brought his mother who had told him after seeing the play that it should be his next film and quipped that the moral of the story is to always listen to your mother.

    As an unapologetic Anglophile I thought the movie was brilliant.

    I recall as a child growing up in Canada that then Princess Elizabeth visited Hamilton, Ontario. It couldn't have been too many months before her father died. My dominant memory of watching her parade go by was that all the statuary on her route had been sanitized of any evidence of pigeon.

  6. My2¢worth,
    At least $2 worth :-)
    Thanks for that correction! Will make it after writing this note.

    I totally agree with you on the movie though I'm no Anglophile.

    Very funny about the pigeon activity erasure :-)

  7. Daz, am correcting my 2nd note to you, thanks to an alert by My2¢worth.

    In the blog article, I also pointed out the Amazon page created "for books that either inspired or followed Oscar-nominated films."

    The film's story was so amazing to me that I wanted to find out how much of it was true, so I did some reading and found the discussions of book by the speech consultant's son.
    Loved that the director mentioned his mother's phoned recommendation of the play to him and that he even brought her to the Oscars.

  8. Daz, and anyone else reading,

    I should have written it's the GRANDson of the speech consultant who has written a book from his grandfather's notes.

    Not the son. Sorry to confuse.

    - Andrys

  9. I have not seen the movie. They say it's really pretty good right? Just read the book yet, but the experience is that the books are always worse than the film versions.


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