A few weeks ago, NSR Director Mirela Roncevic talked with Leanpub about her Free Reading Zones efforts and explained the experience of turning an entire country into an open virtual library as a way of showing the potential of ebooks and digital content to democratize the written word, transform the publishing industry, and envision a future in which libraries serve people beyond the confines of their buildings and assigned zip codes. She has written about it in her Lessons from Croatia Reads series on NSR (the Sponsor of the countrywide initiative in Croatia to spread free reading) and is in the midst of writing a lengthy case study/report on the project, to be published in October 2017. Continue reading Leanpub Interview with Mirela Roncevic on Free Reading Zones
Navigating Rosen Publishing’s 2014 catalog of digital content may at first seem a bit overwhelming: it impresses both as a vibrant presentation of the company’s wide array of digital offerings but it also reminds us of just how “digital” K–12 publishing has become. Or at the very least, it makes those of us still tempted to think of Rosen as merely a “publisher” realize it has now transformed into a multifaceted media company.
Perhaps more than any other independent publisher of K–12 resources on the market today, Rosen has become synonymous with high-quality, always in-demand, constantly evolving interactive content. It has also become synonymous with digital learning solutions, produced to be fully aligned with state, national, STEM, and Common Core standards. Indeed, taking a closer look at Rosen’s offerings today, it’s clear that despite the versatility of its content, Rosen has become a passionate advocate of STEM learning. And they’ve been releasing products to prove it, too. Continue reading Interview with Roger Rosen: On embracing technology selectively and holistically
Total Boox is an ebook service for libraries. It gives library patrons access to thousands of ebooks in a wide range of categories, which can be downloaded to Android or iOs tablets. The reading is metered, with the library paying for pages read by their patrons. Multiple patrons are able to download ebooks simultaneously. Pages cost a proportion of the price of each book. If your patron reads ten percent of a book, your library only pays ten percent of the book’s full price. But your library never pays for the download itselfonly for what the patron reads within each book.
Sound intriguing? Hear more about Total Boox, the model, partnerships with libraries, and plans for the future in this audio interview with Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO and Udi Arad, Chairman and Head of Business Development for Total Boox. A previous NSR post with links to articles and press releases about Total Boox partnerships with libraries is also available. Continue reading Total Boox, pay per page ebook service, an interview with Yoav Lorch and Udi Arad
Last January, ProQuest announced plans to acquire EBL and merge the service with ebrary. Kari Paulson and Kevin Sayer spoke with me right after the announcement about the acquisition and plans for integrating the two platforms. In May of 2013, the process was complete. Since that time, staff at ProQuest have been very busy with the integration of the platforms. Kathy Masnik, Vice President of product management for ebooks at ProQuest, is leading the charge for integration. It’s a monumental task, but Kathy took a break from her Gantt chart to tell me about the process in an interview. We discussed how Kathy and her team are approaching the integration, how librarians, publishers, and end users and involved, and some of the short term changes happening with the EBL interface.
Last week at the ALA conference I held an interview with Mitch Davis, the Founder and Chief Business Officer of Bibliolabs. We discussed BiblioBoard and BiblioBoard Creator in detail. Mitch provided me with a brief description of the products below and is offering a 30 day free trial to any No Shelf Required readers (information below).
Continue reading BiblioLabs, curating multimedia digital anthologies, an interview with Mitch Davis
Earlier this week Byron Shattuck, Director of Business Development for Emery-Pratt, stopped by Wright State to visit with us. I was able to have a quick interview with him to discuss the ebook offerings available from Emery-Pratt and discuss the implications of a used ebook market and the most popular business models in our industry.
More on Emery-Pratt:
- book distributors since 1873
- over 9 million titles in print/e formats in the Emery-Pratt catalog
- work with ebrary, EBL, and MyiLibrary platforms or individual publishers
- multiple business models available, including patron driven
- public, academic, and hospital library content
SIPX, Inc., a company providing web based service for digital copyright management and delivery, announced today several new library and publishing partners. SIPX (pronounced SIP-ex) developed from a research project at Stanford university just nine months ago. It appears they are off to a great start. The press release about the new partners is below. If you’d like a more first hand, personal account of SIPX, then I encourage you to listen to the interview I had with Franny Lee, a SIPX Co-Founder and VP of University Relations and Product Development. Franny and I discussed the services, business model, and benefits of SIPX for libraries, MOOCs, and publishers.
Continue reading SIPX offers web based digital copyright services, an interview with Franny Lee, Co-Founder
Library vendors bringing e-content to libraries have in recent years taken different routes to draw attention to their long-term business strategies. Some have aggressively pursued new publishing initiatives — releasing more original content and adding it to their e-offerings; others have focused on perfecting the functionalities of the digital products already available to libraries. Gale’s mission has been distinct its own right and deserves a closer look, namely owing to the series of announcements in the last year pointing to the company’s newly formed alliances with some of the world’s most reputable organizations, including The National Geographic, the Smithsonian, and, as of April 2013, the Associated Press.
Just what is the ultimate long-term goal behind these partnerships for a library vendor already known for a robust list of library-oriented products and services? Is Gale’s main mission moving forward to cement its role as the preeminent distributor of the world’s journalistic and historical content? Can we expect more partnerships in the future? NSR reached out to Jim Draper, VP and General Manager for Gale (part of Cengage Learning), to shed light on what these partnerships mean for the future of Gale, its partners, and the wider research community.
Note: This interview does not include any discussion of the recent “restructuring news,” as Gale is currently not providing information beyond what’s already been released to the public last week. Per CEO Michael Hansen’s prepared remarks, we can “expect to see a real shift to a user-and sales-led culture [at Gale] that is focused on delivering innovative customer solutions. We have placed an emphasis on coordinated speed across the organization to accelerate innovation.”–MR
Open Access ebook collections are on the rise. One of the newer collections is SciELO (pronounced like the initials C-L-O). The SciELO ebooks operation began in March of 2012 and officially announced itself to the international community last month. I interviewed Nicholas Cop, President of Nicholas Cop Consulting and principle consultant of the SciELO program this week. The interview is in English. Those needing more information about SciELO in Spanish or Portuguese are asked to visit the website at http://books.scielo.org. Continue reading SciELO open access ebooks, an interview with Nicholas Cop
Last week, ProQuest announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL. I had a chance to interview two of the primary individuals involved in this acquisition, Kari Paulson, President of EBL, and Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President of ProQuest. Kari and Kevin discussed with me how the acquisition plans developed, what customers can expect in the next 18 months, and how customers can relay feedback to both companies.
Last week I spoke with Rachel Gut, the Outreach Service Manager at the Dayton Metro Library. Rachel and her colleagues launched an eReader lending program for homebound patrons. The program started due to the lack of large print titles. Rachel offers an overview of the program, details on the readers, and suggestions for funding.
Visit the DML website for Lifelong Learners.
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.
Last week, I posted a press release from Third Iron, a company founded by a librarian, John Seguin. Third Iron released an iPad app called BrowZine. This app allows patrons the ability to browse open access journals and library subscription journals (library subscription required) and keep track of articles on individual devices. As was stated in the Press Release, “BrowZine combines articles from databases to create full journals, organizes them on shelves arranged by subject, and delivers a reading experience optimized for the iPad. With BrowZine, users can easily find journals made available by their library, browse titles of interest, and read individual articles or the complete journal.”
I spoke to John to get more information on how BrowZine works, which you can listen to in our interview. Continue reading Interview with John Seguin, President & Chief Librarian of Third Iron, who recently released the iPad app, BrowZine
Rosen Publishing will be launching a new series of interactive eBooks this August. There are 120 books ranging in subjects that meet the needs of the common core and support transliteracy skills. I spoke with Miriam Gilbert, Director, Rosen Digital and Gina Strazzabosco, Vice President, Rosen Publishing, this past weekend to find out more about the program.
Libraries Thriving is a Collaborative Space for e-Resource Innovation and Information Literacy Promotion. Thinking and doing. I had the chance to speak with Laura Warren, Solutions Associate for Credo Reference (a supporter of Libraries Thriving) about the program. Listen to the interview here.
Here is more information about Libraries Thriving:
With low usage and shrinking budgets, libraries are challenged to justify resource investments now more than ever. At the same time, information users are ill prepared to navigate the amount and quality of content on the web. This creates a tremendous opportunity for libraries to show that they are well equipped to help users navigate information resources and for users to benefit from this guidance. Continue reading Libraries Thriving Collaborative Space, an interview with Laura Warren of Credo Reference
Yesterday I had the chance to speak with Matt Tempelis, Cloud Library Global Business Manager, about the 3M Cloud Library. Matt and I discussed why 3M got into the ebook lending business, the unique features of the 3M Cloud Library, and what the future will bring to the program. 3M recently announced an integration with the Polaris ILS system. Meredith Schwartz wrote a nice article about it in Library Journal.
Last week while roaming the exhibit hall at the ALAMW conference in Dallas, Texas, I discovered Mediasurfer. Mediasurfer offers self-checkout machines for iPads (and other tablet devices in the near future). Users swipe a library card to borrow the iPad. Upon return, the devices are returned to original settings.
If you’d like to know more about Mediasurfer, listen to the interview with Gary Kirk, President of Mediasurfer, and Jim Nelson, COO of Mediasurfer. They provide many more details on the software, hardware, and services offered.
Yesterday I had a great conversation with the Digital Team from YBP Library Services. We discussed the services they offer to libraries for print and eBook purchasing, including their new demand-driven model for individual libraries and consortia. More information on the program is available in the digital services section of the YBP site.
The YBP Digital Team members are:
- Kris Baker, Director Digital Sales
- Matt Nauman, Academic Digital Product Manager
- Barbara Kawecki, Senior Digital Sales Manager, Western US and Canada
- Steve Sutton, Senior Digital Sales Manager, Eastern US and Canada
Earlier this week I had a chance to interview David Swords, VP of Sales and Marketing for EBL. David is also the Editor of a new DeGruyter/Saur title, Patron Driven Acquistions: History and Best Practices. In the interview David discusses the content of the book and inserts specific examples of PDA programs in libraries today.
Here is some additional information for Patron Driven Acquistions: History and Best Practices
- PDA is now practical largely due to the spread of the eBook
- PDA allows enormous savings for libraries (p.e. a cost of $ 32,000 allows access to the equivalent of $ 3,700,000 in monographs)
- The first book-length analysis of PDA: a must for virtually every academic library Continue reading Interview with David Swords, Editor of Patron Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices