Category Archives: Digital Rights Management

New OverDrive app eliminates Adobe authorization step

Dear Library Partner,

We’re pleased to announce that a new version of the OverDrive app for Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), and Windows 8 is here!

This update features the long-awaited elimination of the Adobe Authorization step from the app installation processone of your most frequently requested enhancements! We expect this change will significantly reduce library support questions and provide excellent benefits to users like syncing reading progress across multiple devices and saving libraries and common searches. Continue reading New OverDrive app eliminates Adobe authorization step

Book Snatching, the most violent act in the history of reading

Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox, Ltd. sent me this story he wrote about snatching ebooks.  I think it’s a clever tale showing us the sad state of ebook borrowing in many of our libraries.  He gave me permission to post it here.

Book Snatching

Or

Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading

by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO, Total Boox Ltd.

Its 5:20 PM. My wife should be home in about half an hour. I promised I’d do the dishes and have the place looking decent when she returns. I have 47 pages to go with my book, and I’m dying to complete it. Yes, I can complete it before it expires and evaporates from my device at 5:46, but then, the dishes. The sink looks like a railroad crash on a rainy day. Continue reading Book Snatching, the most violent act in the history of reading

Interview with Adam Chesler from Business Expert Press and Momentum Press

Last week at the Charleston Conference I had a chance to chat with Adam Chesler.  Adam is the Director of Library Relations for two start-up presses, Business Expert Press and Momentum Press.  During our interview we discussed the business models of eBooks, DRM, and SERU and the user friendly business models of the presses Adam represents.

Tor/Forge ebook titles to go DRM Free

From the press release:

Tom Doherty Associates, publishers of Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen, today announced that by early July 2012, their entire list of e-books will be available DRM-free.

“Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time,” said president and publisher Tom Doherty. “They’re a technically sophisticated bunch, and DRM is a constant annoyance to them. It prevents them from using legitimately-purchased e-books in perfectly legal ways, like moving them from one kind of e-reader to another.”

DRM-free titles from Tom Doherty Associates will be available from the same range of retailers that currently sell their e-books. In addition, the company expects to begin selling titles through retailers that sell only DRM-free books. Continue reading Tor/Forge ebook titles to go DRM Free

Articles of Interest

E-Books Drive Revenue Growth Across Book Trade in January 2012 – Digital Book World

JK Rowling’s Pottermore Breaks eBook Lockdown, Might Change eBooks Forever – Huffington Post

LG Begins Mass Production of first flexible , plastic eInk displays – Extreme Tech

An Academic Spring – American Libraries

A Look at Students using eTextbooks (Infographic) – eBOOKNEWSER

Bringing up a Young Reader on E-Books – New York Times

Will Hatchette Be The First Big-6 Publisher toDrop DRM on E-books? – paidcontent.org

Going Digital Does Not Lower Textbook Prices – Inside Higher Education

Articles of Interest: Pottermore version

Great reads today about the launch of e-book sales from Pottermore.

Pottermore Shop (for ebooks, U.S. site)

Announcements:  Potter Available on Nook and Kindle – Digital Book World

You Can Buy the Harry Potter E-Books Now – Here’s What You Need to Know – paidcontent.org

Harry Potter Digital Checkouts Start Thursday – Digital Shift

Why Pottermore Could Change Everything – Digital Book World

What’s the greater fear for publishers? Amazon or Piracy? The Shatzkin Files

Confirmed:  Harry Potter eBooks Are NOT DRM-Free in Kindle Format (or any other bookstore) – The Digital Reader

Bookshare celebrates 10 years of providing eBooks to those with print disabilities

March 12, 2012 — Palo Alto, CA — Bookshare, the global leader in providing digital accessible books to people with print disabilities, today announced its 10th anniversary. Throughout the last ten years, Bookshare has been at the forefront of the digital book revolution, applying Silicon Valley technology to pioneer an innovative new approach to a library for individuals with print disabilities.

Jim Fruchterman, the CEO and founder of the nonprofit Benetech, the parent organization of Bookshare, envisioned a library of eBooks formed by volunteers digitizing and legally sharing them over the Internet with others with qualified print disabilities (such as blindness, low vision, physical disabilities, or severe learning disabilities). A former rocket scientist and 2006 MacArthur Fellow, Fruchterman acted on his vision and launched Bookshare, introducing an innovative new approach to reading for an underserved population. Continue reading Bookshare celebrates 10 years of providing eBooks to those with print disabilities

Articles of Interest – What you’ve missed the last two weeks

Many of you have been away on holiday the last two weeks, so here is a list of interesting articles you may have missed:

Go To Hellman: 2011: The Year the eBook Wars Broke Out


Five Big Publishing Stories of 2011 That Will Bleed into 2012 – DigitalBookWorld

Five things we learned about publishing in 2011| O’Reilly Radar

A few future sources of ebook innovation| FutureBook

Kindle Fire On Track For Hundreds Of Impressions TechCrunch

Amazon has over 65,000 ebooks in Kindle Owners Lending Library| publiclibraries.com

Online pirates threaten Kindle profits| Dailymail.co.uk

eReader Shipments Grow 108% in 2011 Mediabistro

How much should an ebook cost? The Domino Project

Seth Godin sees bare-bones future of books thanks to long tail   Teleread

Publishing Insiders Reveal Price-Fixing… The Digital Reader

Parliament looks into UK’s 20% VAT

We must, we must, make VAT dust | FutureBook

UNESCO Launches Global Portal to Track Open Access sspnet.org

Open Educational Resources: The Bridge…EDUCAUSE

Open-Textbook Idea Is Gaining Steam -…Chronicle of Higher Education

A Dialogue on Patron-Driven Acquisitions| Scholarly Kitchen

Articles of Interest – Public Libraries & OverDrive, DRM, and fixed pricing

The E-book Investigations: Are Publishers And Apple Breaking The Law? | paidContent

FEATURE: Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries

OverDrive Has Different eBook Catalogs for Different Libraries

theanalogdivide » Blog Archive » It’s Not Just Overdrive.

Library Wars: Amazon and Publishers Vie for Control of E-Book Rentals – Peter Osnos – Entertainment – The Atlantic

The Exodus Begins — Kansas Library Consortium Has left OverDrive – The Digital Reader

Leaked Document: Hachette Explains Why Publishers Are Relevant | Digital Book World

Justice Department confirms investigation of e-book industry – latimes.com

BISG Press Release | Official BISG Policy Statement on Best Practices for Identifying Digital Products Now Available

Wisconsin Public Library Consortium » Kindle disclaimer on OverDrive downloads

Amazon Tempts Kindle Self-Publishers With $6 Million Fund

Public Library E-Book Lending Must Change to Survive « Copyright and Technology

Another View of DRM for Publishers « The Scholarly Kitchen

Publishers’ insistance on DRM allows Amazon to lock them in to its garden | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Why Christmas Day Will Soon Be the Biggest Online Shopping Day Each Year, and Why It Changes Everything | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Articles of Interest – Penguin/OverDrive edition

A flurry of blog posts and news articles are appearing related to the Penguin announcement to suspend library lending of titles. Here are a few articles of interest:

OverDrive Suspends Access to New Penguin eBook Titles, “Get For Kindle” Access Also Shutdown « INFOdocket

Penguin Group USA to No Longer Allow Library Lending of New Ebook Titles The Digital Shift

This Deal Is Getting Worse All the Time | Library Renewal

Penguin Pulls eBooks From Public Libraries Dropping it Down to 1 of the Big 6 Publishers Playing Nice With Libraries | Librarian by Day

Why Might A Publisher Pull Its E-Books From Libraries? by Laura Hazard Owen « INFOdocket

Why Penguin is worried about the role of Amazon’s Kindle in libraries – CSMonitor.com

Internet Librarian – Ebooks: Putting the Issues on the Table

Internet Librarian Conference 2011 – Ebooks:  Putting the Issues on the Table

Presenters: Bobbi L. Newman – Learning Consultant and author Librarian by Day blog,  Sarah Houghton – Asst. Director San Rafael Public Library and author LibrarianInBack.net, Amy Affelt – Director of Database Research Compass Lexecon, and Faith Ward – Librarian Garrison Forest School

These notes are my interpretation of the presentation.  Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.

Bobbi Newman – small percent of the US population owns an eReader according to Pew Internet Research study. Digital divide – not just about having an eReader to read eBooks – must have internet access at home and a computer capable of hosting Adobe Digital Editions.  2,000 titles is not an opening day collection – you need more titles and a long term plan for eBooks.  Kindle library borrowing – very happy about the smooth transition to getting books onto devices. We got a bad deal – Amazon has access to lots of statistics and they are not sharing those with us. Continue reading Internet Librarian – Ebooks: Putting the Issues on the Table

Articles of Interest

Online textbooks moving into schools – The Washington Post

Public Library eBooks on the Amazon Kindle — We Got Screwed | Librarian by Day

Amazon Kindle Fire: Tablet Product Strategy Done Right | Forrester Blogs

Mental Graffiti: Will Amazon Offer Purchasing and/or Donation Options for Library-Owed E-Books?

Ebook Summit 2011: “Don’t Buy Ebooks”

bepress CEO Thanking Subscribers – full text of letter « INFOdocket

Nottinghamshire library to charge for ebooks | TeleRead

The Pick Your Kindle Flowchart Helps You Decide Which Is the Perfect Kindle for You

iPad-enabled students get performance boost, says ACU study | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Digitizing Community « PW

eBook Ecosystem 2016: State of the Art, Five Years On – Summary of Program

Ebook Ecosystem 2016: State of the Art, Five Years On

For the second consecutive year, YBP sponsored a special meeting of academic library consortia and publishers at the ALA Annual Conference.  They invited select representatives of each community to discuss the special issues regarding the creation, distribution, models and formats of ebooks in consortia.   Below is a summary of the presentations and discussion from the program.  Mark Kendall and Ann-Marie Breaux from YBP took notes, other commentary is from Michael Zeoli.

Patron-Driven Acquisitions have exploded and many consortia have organized pilot programs; there have been many developments among publishers in terms of making front list titles available electronically and offering new collection options; and the vendors have been developing in tandem with libraries and publishers to support new collecting channels and services, integrating these with traditional ones. Continue reading eBook Ecosystem 2016: State of the Art, Five Years On – Summary of Program

Articles of Interest – ALA Annual eBook Wrap-up version

Archive of the 2011 ALA Annual Tech Wrapup | ALA TechSource

Ebook Developments Were HOT at ALA – Information Today

eBook Tip Sheets – ALA OITP – Anne Behler

eBook FAQs. 36 Most Common Questions Answered by the OITP eBook Task Force | Librarian by Day

Go To Hellman: 3M’s eBook Cloud Library Didn’t Come Out of Nowhere!

Ebook Vendors at #ALA11 | David Lee King

ALA and post ALA eBook News Wrap Up #ala11 | Librarian by Day

ALA Annual 2011: Ebooks: New Strategy Required, Now | In the Bookroom

ALA Annual 2011: Louisiana Deep-Fried Angst | In the Bookroom

Articles of Interest

Cambridge University Press expands ebook platform to include other academic publishers | TeleRead

E-Book Readers, Netbooks Have Most to Fear From Tablets | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Amazon Plans iPad Rival – WSJ.com

Apple bringing media apps into compliance with in-app purchase guidelines | TeleRead

For ebook devotees, reading is a whole new experience – USATODAY.com

24symbols’ ebook subscription service is now live | TeleRead

Tiny Spanish company launches book-sharing site | Reuters

LibraryLaw Blog: What libraries can do when they buy an ebook

New Jersey eBook Summit Summary – part two

Please note that the part two blog post has now been added to the New Jersey eBook Summit Summary.

Today the NJ State Library, LinbraryLinkNJ- The NJ Library Cooperative, NJ Library Association and the NJLA Reference Section sponsored an E-book Summit in Eatontown, New Jersey.  The line-up of speakers included:

  • Eli Neiburger, Ann Arbor District Library
  • Sue Polanka, Wright State University Library & No Shelf Required
  • Robert Miller, Director of Books, Internet Archive
  • Mary Minow, Attorney, Consultant, and Former Librarian
  • Joseph Sanchez, University of Colorado – Denver Continue reading New Jersey eBook Summit Summary – part two

OverDrive announces DRM-free eBooks

From the OverDrive blog:  For the past few months, OverDrive has been beta testing DRM-free eBook distribution in libraries. Today, we’re excited to announce that all OverDrive-powered libraries can now add DRM-free eBooks to their digital collections.

To coincide with the launch of this new functionality, we would also like to welcome new publishers who are providing DRM-free eBooks to libraries in OverDrive’s global network:

  • AMG
  • Bold Strokes Books
  • Books to Go Now
  • Carina Press
  • Gideon Informatics
  • Joe Konrath
  • KBS
  • Microsoft Press
  • O’Reilly Media
  • Rock Nook
  • Romance Divine LLC
  • Rosenfeld Media
  • Sher Music
  • Simonelli Editore
  • TidBITS
  • University Press of Colorado
  • Wildside Press

Continue reading OverDrive announces DRM-free eBooks

New interview with OverDrive’s Dan Stasiewski about the WIN Platform

During the ALA Conference I interviewed Dan Stasiewski, Public Relations Manager at OverDrive.  Dan and I discussed the new WIN platform and the enhanced OverDrive Help which will launch in a few months.  Dan provides some details on DRM, formats, patron-driven acquisition, and simultaneous use titles.

For more information, visit Overdrive.com or the Overdrive blog.  You can also Dan at dan@overdrive.com

Medical eBook Publishing Trends Webinar Summary

Today I attended the MLA webinar on e-books, 2011 Medical eBook Publishing Trends, sponsored by Ovid. My notes are below.

Moderator, Mark Funk, Weill Cornell Medical Library

Panelists:

  • Deb Blecic, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Liz Lorbeer, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences
  • Jennie Stewart, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Dan Doody, Doody Enterprises

The current environment – Mark set the stage with some statistics on the popularity of eBooks. He discussed the digitization Waves in libraires, citing ebooks as the 4th wave.  abs/ins, ref tools, ejournals were the first 3 waves.

Why are ebooks more difficult?  Mark believes it’s in the final deliverable product.  The final product is much more complex to produce than a journal article.  It has more editing, illustrations, authors are paid, and individual sales to students are important to publishers for revenue.  All of these factors lead to a higher cost for the ebook than a journal article. Continue reading Medical eBook Publishing Trends Webinar Summary

OverDrive to provide DRM-free eBook titles from O’Reilly Media

This announcement from OverDrive to offer 1500 DRM free eBook titles from O’Reilly is in relation to the new WIN platform.  Great news!

More from the press release:  OverDrive announced today that booksellers, libraries, and schools in its global network will soon have access to DRM-free eBook titles from O’Reilly Media. The publisher’s entire eBook catalog will be available to OverDrive’s channel partners, including those in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and dozens of other territories worldwide. Bestselling eBooks on computer technologies available through the distribution agreement will include: “iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Second Edition,” “Head First Java, Second Edition,” and “Windows 7:Up & Running,” as well as O’Reilly’s legendary ‘animal books’ like “Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript.” Continue reading OverDrive to provide DRM-free eBook titles from O’Reilly Media