Textbooks

Ingram launches Android App for VitalSource e-textbook platform

From an Ingram Press Release:  As students look for more ways to interact with digital textbooks, they are increasingly turning to smartphones and tablets powered by the Android® operating system. To meet this demand, VitalSource®, the most-used e-textbook platform in the industry today announced the expansion of its mobile footprint with the addition of an e-textbook app for Android.

“We are significantly expanding our mobile capabilities with our new Android app,” said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies Inc. “As a result, more content from the leaders in education publishing will reach more readers worldwide. Every student has a device and/or operating system preference, and we know that Android smart phones and tablets are becoming an important option.” Continue reading Ingram launches Android App for VitalSource e-textbook platform

Ohio high school issues iPads for 2012-13 students

Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, Ohio recently announced that every student in Mercy’s Class of 2016 (entering this fall) will be issued their very own iPad as part of the school’s techKNOWLEDGEy program.  I am particularly excited to report this news as I am a graduate of Mother of Mercy High School.

The school has done a great deal of research and preparation for the iPad launch.  Teachers were issued iPads at the start of this school year, they have run pilot programs with teachers and students, and made use of an iPad cart (30 devices for classroom use).  According to their website:

In preparation for our iPad-enhanced techknowledgey program, Mercy has already taken several key steps in preparing for a solid launch in the fall of 2012: Continue reading Ohio high school issues iPads for 2012-13 students

Ingram’s Vital Source e-textbook platform available through Blackboard Learn

From a Feb. 14th press release:  Ingram’s Vital Source is now providing access to its leading e-textbook platform through Blackboard Learn™, one of the most used learning management systems. The Blackboard Building Block™ for VitalSource gives institutions a comprehensive tool to implement digital textbooks for students in mobile, online and offline environments.

“We are pleased the VitalSource platform will be available to all Blackboard Learn users worldwide, providing anytime, anywhere access to the content that educators and students use most,” said Kent Freeman, Chief Content Officer, Vital Source Technologies, Inc. “The integration of Ingram’s VitalSource platform into one of the most-used learning management systems will improve the experiences of millions of students worldwide.” Continue reading Ingram’s Vital Source e-textbook platform available through Blackboard Learn

Articles of Interest

Why Might A Publisher Pull Its E-Books From Libraries? by Laura Hazard Owen « INFOdocket
Which E-Books Are Most Borrowed From Libraries, And Why? | paidContent
So you want to start a Kindle lending program | code4lib
How to add public domain books to the Kindle, by Piotr Kowalczyk | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
Kobo has 10x increase in readers over holidays; top ebooks by country | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
Full Text Article: The Evolution of E-books and Interlibrary Loan in Academic Libraries « INFOdocket
Seven Advantages Barnes & Noble Has in the Bookseller Wars | Digital Book World
Barnes & Noble May Spin Off Nook Business
Turn WebPages into Kindle, Epub eBooks with dotEpub – eBookNewser
Baen Webscriptions is now BaenEbooks.com | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
The Association of American Publishers – Publishers Applaud “Research Works Act,”Bipartisan Legislation To End Government Mandates on Private-Sector Scholarly Publishing
My Argument for Public Access to Research Reports « The Scholarly Kitchen
House takes Senate’s bad Internet censorship bill, tries making it worse
More Than a Million eReaders Were Given Away in the UK This Christmas Season – eBookNewser
E-Textbooks Saved Many Students Only $1 – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education
If Libraries Didn’t Exist, Would Publishers Be Trying To Kill Book Lending? | Techdirt

Articles of Interest – What you’ve missed the last two weeks

Many of you have been away on holiday the last two weeks, so here is a list of interesting articles you may have missed:

Go To Hellman: 2011: The Year the eBook Wars Broke Out


Five Big Publishing Stories of 2011 That Will Bleed into 2012 – DigitalBookWorld

Five things we learned about publishing in 2011| O’Reilly Radar

A few future sources of ebook innovation| FutureBook

Kindle Fire On Track For Hundreds Of Impressions TechCrunch

Amazon has over 65,000 ebooks in Kindle Owners Lending Library| publiclibraries.com

Online pirates threaten Kindle profits| Dailymail.co.uk

eReader Shipments Grow 108% in 2011 Mediabistro

How much should an ebook cost? The Domino Project

Seth Godin sees bare-bones future of books thanks to long tail   Teleread

Publishing Insiders Reveal Price-Fixing… The Digital Reader

Parliament looks into UK’s 20% VAT

We must, we must, make VAT dust | FutureBook

UNESCO Launches Global Portal to Track Open Access sspnet.org

Open Educational Resources: The Bridge…EDUCAUSE

Open-Textbook Idea Is Gaining Steam -…Chronicle of Higher Education

A Dialogue on Patron-Driven Acquisitions| Scholarly Kitchen

Articles of Interest – SOPA, Amazon & Local Bookstores, Digital Textbooks

Go To Hellman: Book Lending Ignorance

Go To Hellman: SOPA Could Put Common Library Software in the Soup

More controversy over Amazon price-checking versus independent bookstores | TeleRead

Amazon Doesn’t Care About Your Local Bookstore | Epicenter | Wired.com

Stop Treating $9.99 As The Magic E-Book Price | paidContent

E-Book Readers Face Sticker Shock – WSJ.com

New Mobile Connectivity Options at the Hillsborough Library | NJ.com

Libraries launching Chromebook check-out programs | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad | PCWorld

Kno Giving Away $10 Million in Free eTextbooks — The Digital Shift

The Broader Context of Patron-Driven Acquisitions « The Scholarly Kitchen

Education Department releases new data on academic libraries | Inside Higher Ed

Articles of Interest

Kindle Fire to Ship with Amazon Appstore, Access to Several Thousand Apps – eBookNewser

Wake Forest and Odigia collaborate on textbook alternative | TeleRead

All 50 State Librarians Vote to Form Alliance With Internet Archive’s Open Library — The Digital Shift

BISG Press Release | More Than a Passing Fancy: Ongoing BISG Study Reveals E-Book Buyers Deepening Commitment to Digital Formats

Paying for first

How to Extend the Due Date of Your Library eBook on the Kindle | Librarian by Day

Ebrary Ebook Downloads: the First Time | Academic Librarian

Library With Free Online College Textbooks Makes Debut — The Digital Shift

Major Medical Library Closing Its Doors to Patrons and Moving to Digital Model — The Digital Shift

Can Amazon and Apple Peacefully Coexist? Probably, But As for Google… « The Scholarly Kitchen

Advocates say public money for open educational resources is smart investment | Inside Higher Ed

Self-Published Authors Need Success to Begin – WSJ.com

Douglas County Libraries Strikes New Deals With Publishers to Own Ebooks

No Shelf Required’s two new publications

No Shelf Required has been busy this past year exploring the many topics of eBooks and libraries.  Very soon, two new publications will be available from ALA Publishing which share the No Shelf Required name.  These new publications contain completely new content, expanding upon No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries, ALA Editions, 2011. Details are below.  For a complete list of NSR publications, please visit our publications page.

The first publication will be the No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing.  This guide will appear in the November/December (v. 47 n. 8)  issue of Library Technology Reports (direct URL coming soon).  Chapters and contributors in this double issue include: Continue reading No Shelf Required’s two new publications

Shutting Down Open Resources (OERs)

Interesting article in today’s Inside Higher Ed about open educational resources.  Here’s a clip from the article, written by Libby A. Nelson.

” It’s been less than a month since the U.S. Labor Department announced $500 million in grants for community colleges to develop job-training programs and make them free for other institutions to use, but the program is already facing a threat to its existence.

A provision in the proposed House of Representatives budget for fiscal year 2012 would stop the federal government from using grant programs to develop new courses, learning materials or other related projects unless the labor secretary verifies that similar programs are not already available for purchase or “under development.” Continue reading Shutting Down Open Resources (OERs)

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

Articles of Interest

UNC Announces Launch of Digital Innovation Lab

New Swedish ebook platform – Platify – opens | TeleRead

Which is the best format for ebooks? | Ask Jack | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Will Amazon’s ‘Digital Library’ Kill the Physical One? Let’s Hope Not – Technology Review

School Libraries Struggle with E-Book Loans | MindShift

JibJab Lets Your Kid Star In eBook App – eBookNewser

E-Book Prices Prop Up Traditional Print Books – WSJ.com

Back to School: Rethinking the Textbook « The Scholarly Kitchen

The lobbying behind publishing and textbooks – A First Street report

First Street, a new political intelligence product from CQ Press, a division of SAGE Inc., offers a look into the relationships between legislators, lobbyists, and others influencing policy making in the US.  The product launched earlier this year.  They have been releasing topical reports, highlighting the lobbying in the topic area as well as the features of the First Street database.  Alex Bronstein-Moffly, Online Content Manager with First Street recently author a report titled, The Lobbying Behind Publishing and Textbooks.  This report takes a look at the lobbying of the Association of American Publisher’s (AAP) and the National Association of College Stores NACS); issues lobbied in the last few years; and textbook legislation lobbying.

For more information on First Street: Information Today Newsbreak about CQ Press’ First Street

Articles of Interest

Joe Wikert’s Publishing 2020 Blog: Interview with Inkling Founder/CEO Matt MacInnis on Reinventing the Publishing Industry

Why an ebook still needs an index – O’Reilly Radar

Data Monday: eReaders & eBooks

Digital Public Library of America “Beta Sprint” Walkthrough…09.06.11 « The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian’s Weblog

More and more, college students go buy the e-books – Boston.com

Reader’s Choice: E-Textbook Devices Compared | Product Reviews | Wired.com

E-books’ popularity is rewriting the sales story – USATODAY.com

The Huffington Post Gets Into eBook Business – eBookNewser

Bookstreamâ„¢: a new cloud-based library to deliver ebooks | TeleRead

Articles of Interest

Amazon Coming to Spain Next Week – Kindle Store to follow? – eBookNewser

Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Is Very Real. I’ve Seen It, Played With It. | TechCrunch

Hybrid Books: ‘Illuminations’ And The Future of the eReader

On the evilness of the emerging ebook app ecosystem …

We Ask Ken Wissoker: Do We Need to Rethink Academic Publishing?

New ebook format from Amazon | TeleRead

With Digital Up 140% at B&N, Sales Rise, Loss Falls

Uninformed, Unhinged, and Unfair — The Monbiot Rant « The Scholarly Kitchen

George Monbiot – The Lairds of Learning – How did academic publishers acquire these feudal powers?

New ebook format from Amazon | TeleRead

iPad, I Saw, I Waited: The State of E-Textbooks | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

The death of books has been greatly exaggerated | Books | guardian.co.uk

Seniors, Women Embracing Tablets, E-Readers | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

New Pew study on Higher Education and the Digital Revolution anticipates digital textbooks

Picked up a tweet today from @goodtokno about this new Pew report, The Digital Revolution and Higher Education.  Some snippets of the study are listed below, taken from the Pew study website.  It’s pretty clear from the results that digital content will be necessary to support higher education. Of particular interest is the estimate on digital textbooks – Nearly two-thirds of college presidents (62%) anticipate that 10 years from now, more than half of the textbooks used by their undergraduate students will be entirely digital. Continue reading New Pew study on Higher Education and the Digital Revolution anticipates digital textbooks

Articles of Interest

Exclusive: What Electronic Textbook Provider Has The Biggest Library?

Why Print Can Exist in Harmony with Digital | Apartment Therapy Unplggd

The Laboratorium: Google Books Settlement, 2008-2011

Next Steps in the eReader Journey: The Nook Simple Touch « The Unquiet Librarian

Digital Public Library of America announces “Beta Sprint” | TeleRead

Court of Appeals kills any possibility of Google Books settlement | TeleRead

Apple and the Big Six publishers face another class action price-fixing lawsuit | TeleRead

Kno adds interactive digital features to iPad textbook app | TeleRead

Will Facebook become an ebook publisher? | TeleRead

Booktrack adds soundtracks to e-books…but does anyone really want them? | TeleRead

Court Rules First Sale Doctrine Only Applies to Works Manufactured in U.S.

Digital Textbooks Go Global, Go Multimedia, Go Mainstream | Publishing Perspectives

What Students Don’t Know – Inside Higher Ed

Articles of Interest

Amazon Student app lets students buy and resell textbooks, other items | TeleRead

The Centered Librarian: Readable college textbooks on Facebook

GenCon panel: Michael Stackpole on self-publishing in a post-paper world | TeleRead

Will print and ebook publishers ultimately be doing the same books? – The Shatzkin Files

Kno Taking Electronic Textbooks to Web, Facebook – Ina Fried – Mobile – AllThingsD

The Ticklish Problem of Pricing E-books for Libraries ” The …

Prezi on downloading OverDrive eBooks

Adult Learners, Libraries, and Digital Literacy – One family’s experience with eReaders

Stage Five Book Publishing

Open Educational Resources (OER) Background and Action Report for Bilateral and Multilateral Agencies project.

Articles of Interest

Vook Explains Why $3, $4, or even $9.99 Isn’t Always the Best Price for an eBook – eBookNewser

Do e-Textbooks Help Students Save Money?

E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital — Campus Technology

Time for book publishers to fight dirty – chicagotribune.com

Inkling Raises $17M for Digital Textbooks – Liz Gannes – Media – AllThingsD

Internet Public Library – eReader Resources

Project MUSE® – Project MUSE E-Mail Announcement Archive

Many people really don’t know what to do with ebooks | Christina’s LIS Rant

This Is Why We’ll Never Have Innovative E-Books | Epicenter | Wired.com

Why Did Facebook Buy an e-Book Publisher? – NYTimes.com

Ebooks now 15% of Simon & Schuster revenue – The Digital Reader

Mass Digitization: Aptara Digitizing 730,000 Pages of Content for SAGE’s New eBook Platform” « INFOdocket

The Good, the Bad, and the Sexy: Our Espresso Book Machine Experience « The Scholarly Kitchen

Kobo found a way around Apple’s rules – The Digital Reader

Direct-to-consumer – it’s the way to go | FutureBook

More signs that Sony is about to launch a new ereader model | TeleRead

Articles of Interest

Textbook Rentals Come to the Kindle: Probably Not a Money-Saver

E-books, Young Professionals, and Reinventing ALA | American Libraries Magazine

Amazon confirms Harry Potter e-books to be available for Kindle | TeleRead

Library of Alexandria makes 19,000 titles available on the Espresso Book Machine | TeleRead

Borders’ liquidation: Winners and losers – The Week

Japanese company shows off ebook vending machine | TeleRead

“School Libraries: What Next?” Ebook Project – Virtual Dave

Don’t blame ebooks for Borders’ demise | TeleRead

LJ And SLJ Announce Keynoter for Virtual Conference on Ebooks | The Digital Shift

Judge pressures writers, Google to settle books case – The Globe and Mail

What Borders Closure Means To Your Kobo Account – eBookNewser

Ebooks and libraries – a missed opportunity to evolve – FUMSI Article