I attended the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and have several updates on eBook vendor offerings, initiatives, and activities.Â Vendors and initiatives are listed in alphabetical order.Â This information will also be presented at the ALA TechSource conference wrap-up webinar, held July 8th.Â The recording of that session is available at http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2013/07/archive-of-the-2013-ala-annual-tech-wrapup.html. I also want to take a moment to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new ALA publication edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic (both NSR contributors).Â A free preview issue is now available for download.
This post has new content (7/8/2013 2:00 p.m.) Continue reading NSR’s eBook vendor updates from the ALA annual conference
Ingram announced several new initiatives at the ALA Annual Conference this past week.Â I’ve linked to the individual press releases below.Â I’m particularly excited about the POD available for out-of-copyright titles from the National Library of France – over 65,000 titles.
Ingram Content Group and Hachette Livre Offer Titles from the BibliothÃ¨que nationale de France in Print for First-Time
Ingram Grows Colour POD Options for Publishers
Ingram Grows its MyiLibraryÂ® E-book Platform with 50,000 Additional Titles and New Functionality
The French Ministry of Culture and Communication released the findings of a study they commissioned for ebooks.Â IDATA conducted the study and collected data from June 2012 to February 2013 through interviews with nearly forty experts and professionals from selected countries (U.S., Canada, Germany, Spain, UK, Sweden, Netherlands).Â The full report (in French) can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/ZMlVLE.Â Â Â The Ministry also published a short summary in English, available here.Â Continue reading French Ministry of Culture and Communication releases ebook study
Last week Ingram announced a new program called Life Print.Â This service manages the complete lifecycle of print materials. Today, they are announcing another new program called IngramSpark.Â This program offers independent publishers access to Ingram’s distribution network for print and ebook content.Â The platform is due to launch in July of this year.Â More information below from the press release:
IngramSpark Service Offers New, Simple Path to Publishing – Publish On Demand SM platform to launch in July
NASHVILLE, TN â€“ Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced plans to launch its IngramSparkSM offering, a new Publish On DemandSM platform. The easy-to-use, online publishing tool provides independent publishers with simple, cost-effective access to Ingramâ€™s global distribution network for print titles and e-book content. Continue reading IngramSpark, Ingram’s publish on demand platform, to launch in July
Cengage Learning has announced some restructuring plans this week.Â Below is a summary of articles and blog posts highlighting the news.Â Later this week, NSR’s Mirela Roncevic will post her article on Gale (part of Cengage Learning) and their recent partnerships.Â The article includes an interview withÂ Jim Draper,Â Vice President and General Manager for Gale.
Cengage Learning investor site: this site includes annual and quarterly reports
Industry articles and blog posts:
Inside Higher Ed:Â Cengage publisher could file bankruptcy
Bloomberg News: Cengage CEO seeking restructuring
INFODocket: Cengage CEO seeking restructuringÂ This includes the Bloomberg news article, embeds some documents and provides additional resource links.
This is fabulous news.Â Way to go De Gruyter!Â I’m so pleased to see publishers working direct with Unglue.it.
Berlin, 2 April 2013 â€“ Starting today, the academic publisher De Gruyter will be offering 100 titles from its e-dition series at the crowdfunding platform Unglue.it. Each individual title that raises 2,100 dollars at the site will be made available worldwide as open access content.
Unglue.it is an innovative service provider that is making ebooks free and universally accessible to libraries and book lovers alike. How it works: users contribute an amount of their choosing to the book titles offered at the platform by publishers. If the minimum funding amount is achieved, the publisher will release the book under Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND. Continue reading De Gruyter and Unglue.it partner to expand open access titles
A colleague forwarded this interesting blog post to me about Flipboard.Â The author, Mathew Ingram, discusses Flipboard’s new release features.Â He discusses the ability for advertisers and readers to now become publishers.
Here is a snip from the post:Â
“Flipboardâ€™s new version is more than just an evolution, itâ€™s a significant departure from what the service was all about. Until now, it has been about making it easy to discover and consume content from multiple sources, but the new features are all about turning readers into publishers â€” by giving them curation tools like those used by Flipboardâ€™s own editors.”
“The idea that advertisers now have many of the same tools as publishers and traditional media companies do, and that readers and consumers of content also have much more power over that content than they used to, are two pretty inescapable facts about the new media landscape â€” and Flipboard has just staked a claim to some significant territory on both of those fronts.”
This is very similar to an article I read last week from Mike Shatzkin’s blog, The Shatzkin Files.Â In his post on “atomization” he discusses publishing as a function rather than an industry.Â It’s a very interesting read.
De Gruyter acquires two academic publishers, plans to digitize collections.Â More from the press release:
De Gruyter Purchases Two Academic Publishers: Oldenbourg and Akademie
Berlin, February 26, 2013 â€“ De Gruyter is proud to announce the acquisition of two academic publishers with a long and rich tradition: Akademie Verlag, based in Berlin, and Oldenburg Wissenschaftsverlag, based in Munich. Both companies were acquired retroactively as of 1 January 2013 from Franz Cornelsen Bildungsgruppe, which is seeking to streamline its business. Continue reading De Gruyter acquires Oldenbourg and Akademie publishers
I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. Â While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Â Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports. Â First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models: Â A Scorecard for Public Libraries.Â Â Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition). Â The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference
Below is a press release from SAGE regarding the author fees for SAGE Open.Â They are lowering them to $99 per article from $395 in 2012.Â This is great news for social science and humanities researchers.Â When asked why the fee was lowered, SAGE sources said:
SAGE has been a passionate champion of the social sciences since its founding. As supporters of social science research, it is very important to us that scholars within the humanities and social science sector (HSS) are able to publish their work. Our decision to discount the price of SAGE Open to $99 has been made to better support OA publishing in HSS at this early stage of adoption, by making high quality, peer reviewed open access publishing a more accessible option for researchers. Continue reading SAGE Open author publication fee discounted to $99 per article