Amazon: Friend or Foe?

Andrew AlbaneseAs the US celebrates National Library Week, there’s cause for celebration in the stacks. News from Simon & Schuster details a one-year, pilot e-book lending program with New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queens Library.

Over at the London Book Fair, attendees have argued the future of copyright, and debated the question: “Amazon: Friend or Foe?” Winners at Europe’s premier book publishing event for 2013, says Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer, may not be publishers after all, but authors, given events at the Fair’s Digital Zone.

“From its beginnings in 2009 as a sleepy corridor of Earls Court, the Digital Zone is quickly becoming the pounding heartbeat of the fair,” Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “All of which is likely to have an impact on coming London Book Fairs both in terms of who attends, and who comes to exhibit.”

Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.

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