Category Archives: Digital Rights Management

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, 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 |

Amazon Plans iPad Rival –

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

For ebook devotees, reading is a whole new experience –

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 or the Overdrive blog.  You can also Dan at

Dan’s interview along with 40+ others are available on the NSR interviews page.

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


  • 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