Some interesting articles and blog posts these past couple weeks on e-books.Â The New Yorker article on the iPad, the Kindle and the future of e-books is particularly good.
There is an interesting article by Rob Reynolds from the Xplanation blog analyzing the future of digital textbook sales.Â With a current market share of 1%, digital textbook sales are projected to have 18% market share by 2014, according to Reynolds.Â He summarizes the influences and trends for this change as such:
Within the general publishing and education markets, the growth of digital textbook sales will be influenced by the following factors: Continue reading U. S. Digital Textbook Sales To Rise Dramatically
Blackboard and O’Donnell & Associates have released their final report, “Streamlining Content Adoption Workflows: A Report on Content Use in U.S. Higher Education.”Â The report discusses the use of digital content in higher education focusing on the ease of access and challenges presented for distributors of content.Â The full report is available online.
I am reproducing this post from the teleread blog, thanks Paul!
Flat World, the publisher of commercial open source college textbooks, had partnered with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers and NACS Media Solutions to distribute their textbooks to over 3,000 college bookstores for the fall semester.
These are pilot programs and will launch in August. The average cost of a Flat Word textbook is $29.95 which, they say, is 75% lower than most conventional textbooks. The bookstores will receive digital files and the college instructors can then remix, reorder and add content. The stores than will use POD to provide paper copies.
(sp) I saw a presentation from FlatWorld at the TOC conference and discussed them in my top 10 takeaways from the conference. They have an interesting business model, I’ll be anxious to see if they find success at the college bookstores.
Seton Hill, a private Catholic University in PA,Â has found an interesting way to recruit new students – a free iPad and MacBook for incoming first year students in Fall 2010.Â Called the Griffin Technology Advantage, the program is designed to provide top notch technology to students for 24 hour learning opportunities in order to “think outside of the classroom.” Â Students will be given a new laptop after 2 years, one they can keep after graduating.Â Interesting that theÂ announcement made no mention of eBooks or textbooks.Â Hopefully they are part of the master plan!
I’m way behind on posting links to articles I’ve bookmarked in delicious.Â There’s been so much activity in the industry these last few weeks that I can’t keep up.Â So, here is a long list of things I’ve found from the past month.
Focusing on WorldCat, OCLC Sells NetLibrary to EBSCO, Thins FirstSearch – 3/17/2010 – Library Journal
Expect to find print on demand textbooks and other academic and trade titles available for POD in college bookstores very soon.Â From a press release, “NACS Media Solutions (NMS), a
subsidiary of the National Association of College Stores (NACS) and On Demand Books LLC (ODB), the maker of the Espresso Book MachineÂ® (EBM), have entered into a joint agreement
whereby NMS will market the EBM to the collegiate marketplace and permission academic content for distribution throughout the worldwide network of EBMs.”Â No word on pricing.Â Thanks to Teleread for the info.
Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time.Â Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and networkÂ Â about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing.Â While much of the information presented was for the publishing industry, I did manage to find several great ideas and concepts that relate to libraries.Â I’d like to share these with you, in no apparent order. Continue reading 10 Takeaways from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference for Librarians
Tools of Change Conference – Future of Digital Textbooks, Feb. 23 10:45- 11:30
Speakers: Â John Warren (Moderator) , Eric Frank, Flatworld Knowledge; Frank Lyman, CourseSmart; Nicholas Smith, Agile Mind; and Neeru Khosle, CK12 Foundation
- What is your company doing?
- What challenge or problem are you trying to solve?
- Give an example of a successful business model and conversely, ones that don’t work.
- How will digital textbooks be consumed?
Continue reading Tools of Change – Future of Digital Textbooks