France to Digitize and Sell Half a Million Out of Print Books
The French government has passed a law to digitize and make available half a million books written and published before 2001 that are out of print and no longer available. France’s Bibliothèque nationale is compiling the list of ebooks to be sold online.
Scholastic Books, the renowned children’s publisher, is working on their own ereading app called Storia, featuring about 1300 ebooks and 250 “enhanced offerings that are available to teachers and parents who purchase books through the Scholastic Book Clubs and other Scholastic sales channels. It is currently in the beta version, with plans for the full release in fall 2012.
The popular online pay site, PayPal, recently ruffled some e-feathers, when it demanded that the self-publisher, Smashwords, take down all the ebooks that it deemed “obscene.” Smashwords has worked out some breathing room time, as it tries to decide what to do about this.
ABFFE Joins the Fray
As things begin to heat up with PayPal and Smashwords butting heads, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has stepped in, joining with the National Coalition Against Censorship to protest this move by PayPal.