Amazon Launches Prime Reading in Canada

Amazon Launches Prime Reading in Canada Amazon Launches Prime Reading in Canada “Initially launched in 2016, Prime Reading is a perk of an Amazon Prime subscription that gives you access to a limited selection of content. The service launched in China in April 2018 and then the UK, Austria, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy that summer, and now Amazon is launching Prime Reading in Canada. Amazon announced on Friday that Canadian Prime members can now enjoy reading from a rotating selection of books, comics, and more – at no additional cost. Prime Reading features include: Hundreds of popular Kindle books: Enjoy a diverse selection of titles, including bestsellers Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and over 90 Lonely Planet guides, as well as favourites from Canadian authors like Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen and Room by Emma Donoghue, and titles from Thomas King. Award-winning comics: Dive into popular comics like Star Wars, Batman Vol 1: I am Gotham, Captain Marvel Vol 1 and Black Panther. The service is available through the Kindle apps for iOS and Android, the Kindle, and the Kindle Fire Android tablet.”  ...

Ontario Strengthening System of Collecting Fees to Pay for Parks, Libraries

Ontario Strengthening System of Collecting Fees to Pay for Parks, Libraries   News Release Ontario Strengthening System of Collecting Fees to Pay for Parks, Libraries June 21, 2019 Province Consulting on Community Benefits Charge Regulations TORONTO — On June 6th, our government passed Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 which established a new community benefits approach to ensure that developers pay for community benefits like parks, community centres and libraries. Ontario has launched consultations on the best way to implement this new approach to make sure that vital municipal revenue streams are maintained and to make community benefits more transparent and predictable. Over 140 days of consultation are planned before the end of the year, with the final changes intended to make the upfront costs of new housing more predictable for everyone. The consultation was launched following discussions with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the City of Toronto and municipalities across Ontario. Our government is seeking early feedback from municipalities on the approach to develop the formula associated with community benefits charges.  We are establishing a technical working group with municipalities that will provide advice to our government on the proposed approach and a draft formula. More consultations will occur this fall on the draft formula. “We are consulting on the best way to replace the current system of ‘let’s make a deal planning’ with a system that puts people and communities first. There is a patchwork of complex and confusing ways municipalities set and collect the fees that help pay for services like libraries and community centres,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and...

CULC STATEMENT ON CHANGES TO DIGITAL LOANS FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES

STATEMENT ON CHANGES TO DIGITAL LOANS FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES The Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC) is dismayed with changes announced by Hachette Book Group (HBG) and Blackstone Publishing to their ebook and digital audiobook lending models for libraries. Effective July 1, 2019, HBG, one of the “Big Five” publishers (HBG, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster), will replace its perpetual ownership model for libraries with a two-year access model for ebooks. This means that at the end of a two-year period, libraries will have to re-purchase ebooks that they have already paid for when renewing their access agreements. While HBG announced that it will decrease ebook prices for libraries for the “vast majority” of ebooks by as much as twenty-five percent, the initial “discount” will be eliminated when the library renews its annual access to those titles, and costs will be further increased by the staff time required to review and repurchase expired titles. Also, Blackstone Publishing announced last week that it will be placing a 90-day embargo on digital audiobook titles effective July 1, 2019. This embargo means that libraries will not be able to purchase new in-demand content for 90 days after release, putting library users at a distinct disadvantage accessing new titles. These actions are in direct contrast to the calls to publishers made during the #eContentForLibraries campaign, where 303 libraries participated and engaged Canadians to advocate for fair pricing and access to digital content. Access to digital content is imperative for those who have low literacy or other restrictions that limit their ability to...

CFLA-FCAB welcomes MMIWG report — FCAB-CFLA accueille favorablement le rapport sur les FFADA

CFLA-FCAB welcomes MMIWG report — FCAB-CFLA accueille favorablement le rapport sur les FFADA Bilingual message, please distribute widely. Message bilingue, veuillez le distribuer à volonté. ————– The Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) welcomes the report “Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls”. In support of the report, the CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee – Comité des questions autochtones calls on libraries in Canada to strive to be safe spaces for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. As a committee, we recognize that there have been and continue to be human and Indigenous rights abuses and violations which the Commission defined as a Canadian genocide. Recognizing libraries are sites of both public good and colonial power in Canada we call on libraries to examine structures and processes and commit to enacting the Calls for Justice. In supporting the Calls for Action in the report, we also ask that libraries provide access to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report in print and online to all Canadians and call upon the Government of Canada to ensure there are adequate resources for libraries across Canada to do so. ============ La Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques / Canadian Federation of Library Associations (FCAB-CFLA) accueille favorablement le rapport intitulé « Réclamer notre pouvoir et notre place : le rapport final de l’enquête sur les femmes et les filles autochtones disparues et assassinées ». À l’appui du rapport, le Comité des questions autochtones de la FCAB-CFLA demande aux bibliothèques du Canada de s’efforcer d’être des espaces...