Publishers

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.

Adam’s interview and over 50 others are available on the No Shelf Required interviews page.

 

Open Access eBooks Part Five – Knowledge Unlatched

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day. The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections. If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

Today’s post is about Knowledge Unlatched.

Knowledge Unlatched is not yet an eBook collection, but an initiative to bring open access eBooks to fruition though the collaborative efforts of authors, publishers, and libraries.  It is an idea from Dr. Frances Pinter, Executive Director of Knowledge Unlatched.  I first heard about this initiative two years ago at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference.  I spoke to Frances later and our recorded interview is available on the NSR interviews page. The initiative has grown since then and a three-year pilot project will begin in 2013.

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Open Access eBooks Part Four – CLACSO

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day. The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections. If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

Today’s post is about CLACSO.  This collection was brought to my attention by Dominique Babini.  She said, “CLACSO-Latin America Social Science Council´s open access and interoperable institutional repository offers open access to the full-text of a collection of 692 books published by CLACSO. It is a joint program of the editorial team and library team in CLACSO.   The intitutional repository is built in an open source software platform Greenstone and has a total of 30.000 full-texts.”

From the website:  Due to our firm purpose of contributing to the dissemination of academic production by member centers and programs that make up CLACSO, we have created an Online Libraries Network which operates in a cooperative, decentralized manner, and respectful of the open access philosophy. Such network aims at increasing the impact of said production on education, research, social actors and society as a whole. 


It offers free open access to the following services:

  • Reading Room with full digitized texts of clippings, working documents, books, papers, and thesis published by member centers and programs at CLACSO
  • Multimedia Portal Site (links to audiovisual productions, online radios, audio files, and photographic galleries elaborated by CLACSO’s Member Centers)
  • News and resources : information, handbooks and free software, useful to libraries and/or digital repositories

 

Open Access eBooks Part One – The OAPEN
Open Access eBooks Part Two – SciELO

Open Access eBooks Part Three – DOAB

 

Open Access eBooks: Part Three – DOAB

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day.  The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections.   If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

The Directory of Open Access Books – The DOAB – is a service of the OAPEN Foundation.  As of Monday evening, they provided the metadata for 1217 peer reviewed, academic, open access ebooks from 33 publishers.  I featured the OAPEN on Monday in my open access post.  The difference between these two services is that the DOAB contains only the metadata.  The full-text must be downloaded from various publisher sites (links are provided).  The OAPEN on the other hand, provides the metadata and full-text of the titles.

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Open Access eBooks, Part Two – SciELO Books

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day.  The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections.   If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

I first learned about SciELO Books (Scientific Electronic Library Online) when I traveled to Brazil last month for the SNBU Conference.  This open ebook collection was just launched in March of 2012.  It is based on the successful SciELO open access journal collection.  The website is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

From the website:  “The SciELO Books Portal publishes national and thematic collections of academic books online with the objective of maximizing the visibility, accessibility, use and impact of the research results, essays and studies that are published in them. The books published by SciELO Books are selected by a scientific committee following a peer review process. The digital versions of the books are formatted according to international standards that allow for access and citation controls, and that permit the books to be read on the widest possible variety of ebook readers, tablets, smartphones and internet browsers. Apart from the SciELO Books Portal itself, the books can be found via search engines. They will also become available through other international distribution channels.” Continue reading Open Access eBooks, Part Two – SciELO Books

Open Access eBooks: Part One, the OAPEN

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day.  The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections.   If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

 

The OAPEN
OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The OAPEN Library aims to improve the visibility and usability of high quality academic research by aggregating peer reviewed Open Access publications from across Europe.

Titles are available in English, German, French, Italian, Latin, and other languages.  The peer reviewed titles are submitted by a variety of publishers, including Taylor & Francis, Palgrave, Brill, Berg and a long list of university presses, including Hong Kong, Manchester, Firenze, Amsterdam, and Universitätsverlag Göttingen.   According to the OAPEN September newsletter, they had over 400,000 downloads in the past 12 months. Continue reading Open Access eBooks: Part One, the OAPEN

Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform now offers EPUB and PDF formats for compatible ereaders

Great news from Baker and Taylor.  The blio platform is quite nice, but downloading to one’s personal device in EPUB or PDF is another great addition to the service.  From the press release:

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 8, 2012 – Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment, today released an upgrade to its popular Axis 360 digital media platform. New options allow library patrons to check out ebooks on ereaders compatible with EPUB and PDF formats, such as NOOK, Sony Reader and Kobo devices.

With Axis 360, library patrons can now use virtually any of the top multi-function phones, tablets and ereader devices to find, check out and read digital titles from their local library. Patrons can select the ebook format that works best for them – EPUB or PDF formats, or Blio, the fully-accessible, free ereader app that offers rich features and content, and is available on Apple iOS, Android and Windows devices. Continue reading Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform now offers EPUB and PDF formats for compatible ereaders

DeGruyter White Paper on Patron Driven Acquisition

DeGruyter has released a white paper titled, Patron Driven Acquisition: A Model for Providing Complete Access to Electronic Content While Limiting Costs For Libraries.  It discusses a new business model for electronic content – books, journals, and databases.

DeGruyter White Paper

Below are a couple of snips from the white paper:

“Based upon feedback from its Library Advisory Board, De Gruyter decided to offer its customers a purchase model for digital content that was independent of a single format.
Yet rather than design the new sales model around a conference table, De Gruyter wanted to base the model on empirical data and develop it in active dialogue with customers. In
mid-2011, De Gruyter contracted with three institutions to conduct a PDA trial.” Continue reading DeGruyter White Paper on Patron Driven Acquisition

New BISG Policy Statement Endorses EPUB 3

Board approved Policy Statement supports EPUB 3 as the preferred global standard for multimedia publishing

New York, NY (August 6, 2012) — The Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a leading U.S.-based trade association representing the entire book supply chain, announced today the publication of a new Policy Statement endorsing EPUB 3 as the accepted and preferred standard for representing, packaging, and encoding structured and semantically enhanced Web content — including XHTML, CSS, SVG, images, and other resources — for distribution in a single-file format. BISG member companies, and other industry stakeholders, can visit http://www.bisg.org/what-we-do-4-155-pol-1201-endorsement-of-epub-3.php to download a copy.

Reviewed and approved by BISG’s 36-member Board of Directors (see http://www.bisg.org/about/board.php for a complete list of Directors), BISG Policy Statement POL-1201: Endorsement of EPUB 3 addresses the critical need for the global book publishing industry to rally around a single standard for the creation of digital content in order to impede recent instances of fragmentation beginning to seep into the supply chain. Continue reading New BISG Policy Statement Endorses EPUB 3

Rosen Publishing offers new Interactive eBooks – an interview with Miriam Gilbert and Gina Strazzabosco

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.  Their interview is available on the NSR interviews page.

Lerner Publishing interactive titles now available via Ingram’s ipage

News Release, June 21, 2012
Ingram adds Lerner Interactive Books™ to ipage®

As more libraries look to expand e-book offerings to patrons, publishers like Lerner Publishing Group are choosing Ingram Content Group to supply e-books via Ingram’s ipage® search and order platform.

Public libraries will now have access to more than 200 interactive children’s books from Lerner Digitalâ„¢ through Ingram. Ordering through ipage allows libraries to select and purchase content on a title-by-title basis. Continue reading Lerner Publishing interactive titles now available via Ingram’s ipage

Content will now be wrapped in software – Digital Book World webinar notes

Digital Book World sponsored a webinar today, “Digital Content:  Where are publishers investing and what challenges will they need to overcome?

  • Speaker:  Marc Rubner, VP of Product Marketing at Innodata Consulting; mrubner at innodata dot com
  • Marc presented the results of an Innodata Survey conducted by Digital Book World in April of 2012.

What stuck with me the most was the phrase, “content will now be wrapped in software.” The overall tone of the webinar suggested that content will continue to be developed for direct to consumer consumption, in small packages, designed for mobile devices.  A couple of additional comments Marc made were that publishers need to repurpose content, repurpose technology, and take control of customer facing technologies.  He felt two big hurdles publishers need to cross with rights management were in global rights management and with libraries and the lending of eBooks. The following are my notes from the webinar.

The Online survey tool details –

Bibliotheca to support open source eBook model

Douglas County Libraries makes the news again.  This time, as the motivation for Bibliotheca to adopt an open source platform for econtent delivery (www.bibliotheca.com/ebook).  Here is more from the press release:

Rotkreuz, Switzerland – Tuesday 19th June
Bibliotheca, the leading global developer and supplier of technologies designed to enhance library efficiency and the user experience, is partnering with the library community to facilitate adoption of open source platforms for the delivery of electronic content. The company will build upon the concepts originally designed and developed by the Douglas County Libraries, CO (DCL) to enable libraries, first in North America and then around the globe, to meet the many challenges that the emerging world of eBooks presents.
Monique Sendze, Associate Director of Information Technology at DCL, will be joining Bibliotheca to lead a new Bibliotheca eBook division. “My heart belongs to libraries and I have devoted many of my waking hours over the past two years to making DCL’s eBook solution a reality. I am excited by the opportunity to take what I’ve learned at DCL to make eBooks more affordable and user friendly for libraries and their patrons throughout the world.” Continue reading Bibliotheca to support open source eBook model

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

3M Cloud Library partners with Smashwords and others

Posting this a bit late due to my vacation.  Press release courtesy of Teleread.

3M Library Systems will feature its growing list of offerings for the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service at Book Expo America 2012, to be held June 4-7 at the Javits Center in New York City. Visitors to the 3M Library Systems booth, DZ2417, will learn about 3M Cloud Library’s new partnerships with INscribe Digital, Smashwords, The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group and the National Book Network (NBN) which are increasing the eBook system’s total list of offerings to more than 200,000 titles from over 300 publishers. Continue reading 3M Cloud Library partners with Smashwords and others

Bilbary partners with the State Library of Kansas and Taylor & Francis for ebook sales and lending

Very interesting developments in ebook lending strategies from the State Library of Kansas, who will partner with Bilbary to sell titles to patrons.  According to the press release (in full below), this is a first step in a program that is intended to provide subsidized lending of e-books in the US public library service.

NEW YORK, NY (April 23, 2012) – Due to rapidly changing technology and a greater demand for e-books, the tension in the book industry has grown as all parties attempt to rationalize accessibility and pricing. Now open in the United States, www.Bilbary.com – an internet-based, consumer e-book library and retail bookstore, addresses some of the issues that have risen, while also serving as a conduit for bringing books from authors to readers. Today, Bilbary is proud to announce two separate partnerships that will work toward building stronger relationships, as well as improved accessibility: Taylor & Francis and The State Library of Kansas. Continue reading Bilbary partners with the State Library of Kansas and Taylor & Francis for ebook sales and lending

Douglas County Libraries adds 5 new publishers in eBook ownership model

Great news from Douglas County Libraries today, they have added 5 more publishers to their growing list of direct eBook suppliers.  Douglas County hosts their own eBook content on an Adobe Content Server (ACS) and is able to purchase direct from hundreds of publishers, at a discount.  They are doing amazing things in Colorado.  More information about their program is available at DouglasCountyLibraries.org/content/ebooks-and-DCL or http://evoke.cvlsites.org/.  The full press release is below.

May 7, 2012: Douglas County Libraries’ model for purchasing eBooks directly from publishers is gaining interest from more and larger publishers. DCL has recently added five more publishers to its list of direct eBook suppliers, making thousands more eBooks available to library patrons for borrowing, while maintaining its practice of purchasing content at a discount. Continue reading Douglas County Libraries adds 5 new publishers in eBook ownership model

Palgrave Pivot – scholarly research without format boundaries

My colleague sent this information to me, apparently it was released back in December, 2011.

Palgrave Pivot:  Launching globally in Autumn 2012 and publishing across the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Business, Palgrave Pivot introduces an innovative new format for scholarly research. Liberating scholarship from the straitjacket of traditional formats and business models, Palgrave Pivot offers authors the flexibility of publishing at lengths between the journal article and the conventional monograph. Continue reading Palgrave Pivot – scholarly research without format boundaries

ebrary launches new medical library packs

From an ebrary press release:  ebrary®, a ProQuest business that has developed a new strategic approach to e-book acquisition based on three steps: Transition, Diversify, and Streamline™, today announced a solution specifically for medical libraries that includes new packs in Nursing & Allied Health, Medicine, and Psychology & Social Work. The new, discounted packs include essential e-books from publishers such as Informa Healthcare, F.A. Davis Company, and Oxford University Press that are purchased outright under a perpetual archive model.  By combining the packs with other models including subscription, patron driven acquisition, and short-term loan, medical libraries can achieve the greatest return on their e-book investment. Continue reading ebrary launches new medical library packs

ebrary adds titles from Wiley and 50 new publishers to Academic Complete

From an ebrary press release:

April 16, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA, USA –  Publishers that distribute e-books to libraries under subscription in addition to other models will receive the greatest value, according to ebrary®, a ProQuest business.  ebrary today announced that Wiley along with over 50 newly signed publishers such as American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Leuven University Press, and University of Illinois Press will distribute e-books in Academic Complete™ as well as other models including perpetual archive, patron driven acquisition, and short-term loan.  Academic Complete subscribers will soon benefit from a growing selection of more than 75,000 quality e-books – including 1,800 new titles from Wiley – from over 500 participating publishers.

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