Category Archives: Textbooks

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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.

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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

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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

Ingram’s Vital Source acquires VPG Integrated Media, specializing in enhanced e-textbooks

From an Ingram Press Release:  Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced that Vital Source has grown its e-textbook offering with the acquisition of VPG Integrated Media (VPG), a leading developer of award-winning enhanced e-textbook applications, interactive learning objects and e-whiteboard content, and state-of-the-art video, audio, and animation production services for educational publishers.

The acquisition of VPG has expanded the ability of Vital Source to further enhance the digital learning experience. Vital Source and VPG, together, present an unmatched e-textbook offering that meets the demands of publishers, educators, and students in this new era of learning opportunities. The joining of VPG’s ability to turn a textbook into an interactive experience, Vital Source’s proven e-textbook platform and its strong relationships with publishers, institutions and students will streamline the creation and distribution of digital books globally. Continue reading Ingram’s Vital Source acquires VPG Integrated Media, specializing in enhanced e-textbooks

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Flaws of Harvard-hosted Digital ‘Public’ Library of America: Too secretive, too oligarchical & not responsive enough | TeleRead

Governor of Florida to promote ereaders in all public schools | TeleRead

News: Pressing Beyond E-Books – Inside Higher Ed

A digital public library we still need, and could build now « Everybody’s Libraries

OverDrive to Streamline Platform and Expand Offerings

New YUDU Research Report Finds That Tablets Are Usurping e-Readers as Reading Device of Choice for Consumers

Smart Bitches looks at Kindle library lending | TeleRead

First location-based book app released — Book Crawler | TeleRead

Is the iPad Ready To Replace the Printed Textbook? — Campus Technology

Apple vs. Amazon: Will Apple boot the Kindle app?

Internet Archive archives digital texts… on paper. WTF. | TeleRead

Digital Textbooks Slow to Catch On – NYTimes.com

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Sorry for the long list, I was out last week and didn’t get to post this.

News: The E-Reader Effect – Inside Higher Ed

Ten must-have iPad apps for readers, by Jane Litte | TeleRead

Kindle/Nook Touch comparison review | TeleRead

E-Readers and the Future of Reading: Notes from Florida

Nook WiFi and Kobo eReader Touch Edition assault the Amazon Kindle fortress: a chart — Engadget

Creating a New University Press « The Scholarly Kitchen

Cambridge University Press to recreate textbooks for iPad | TeleRead

Amazon Makes Move to Join Book Publishing Big Leagues Tech News and Analysis

Aptara Signs Inkling For Digital Textbooks – eBookNewser

Back to the Future: The Changing Paradigm for College Textbooks and Libraries — Campus Technology

Barnes & Noble goes after Kindle with Nook Simple Touch Reader

E-book report: Nook is up, iPad still catching up – USATODAY.com

What Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) Does and Doesn’t Mean: An FAQ « The Scholarly Kitchen

An Ebook Pilot Project Tests Collaboration of Publishers and Libraries

Overdrive, Evernote now support the NookColor | The Digital Reader

The Kno Textbook App Hits The iPad

Go To Hellman: EPUB Really IS a Container

Google books settlement conference settles on more time to settle | TeleRead

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3M announces Cloud Library e-book lending service for ’21st century’ libraries — Engadget

Mobile Reading REALLY Comes of Age An Information-packed Slide Deck Worth Viewing « The Scholarly Kitchen

How To Download eBooks From Your Local Library – eBookNewser

8,000 authors choose Open Access and see direct evidence of the positive impact

Jailbreak Your Kindle for Dead Simple Screensaver Customization – How-To Geek

Cheap isn’t Always the Best Price – eBookNewser

eBooks: Smithsonian Libraries Converts Digital Publications for eReaders; Material is Free To Download « INFOdocket

News: A Hole Lot of Books – Inside Higher Ed

iPad, Tablet Users Prefer Digital Texts — Campus Technology

6 Companies Aiming to Digitize the Textbook Industry

Open Access eBooks, Part 3

From Eric Hellman’s Go To Hellman blog.  Please offer your comments to Eric at the Go To Hellman blog.

Here’s the third section of my draft of a book chapter for a book edited by No Shelf Required‘s Sue Polanka. I previously posted the introduction; and What does Open Access mean for eBooks subsequent posts will cover Open Access E-Books in Libraries. Note that while the blog always uses “ebook” as one word, the book will use the hyphenated form, “e-book”. The comments on the second section prompted me to make significant revisions, which I have posted.

Business Models for Creation of Open Access E-Books
Any model for e-book publishing must have a business model for recouping the expenses of production: reviewing, editing, formatting, design, etc. In this section, we’ll review methods that can be used to support Open Access e-book publishing. Continue reading Open Access eBooks, Part 3

Articles of Interest

Archiving the Web for Scholars – (Internet Archive) Inside Higher Ed

Barnes & Noble to launch next-generation Nook May 24th | TeleRead

News: Picking a Fight – (Amazon and College Book Stores) Inside Higher Ed

Petition against HarperCollins ebook/library policy garners 53,786 signatures | TeleRead

Ereaders fail at education

UK publishers and libraries in talks over e-book lending | TeleRead

University of Washington Kindle Study – Results in

A study of how University of Washington graduate students integrated an Amazon Kindle DX into their course reading provides the first long-term investigation of e-readers in higher education.

Details on the study:
The researchers interviewed 39 first-year graduate students in the UW’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering, 7 women and 32 men, ranging from 21 to 53 years old.

By spring quarter of 2010, seven months into the study, less than 40 percent of the students were regularly doing their academic reading on the Kindle DX. Reasons included the device’s lack of support for taking notes and difficulty in looking up references. (Amazon Corp., which makes the Kindle DX, has since improved some of these features.) Continue reading University of Washington Kindle Study – Results in

Digital Textbooks and Open Educational Resources – Summary of SOCHE Think TV session

On Tuesday, May 3rd I recorded a 15 minute segment for the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education on Think TV, the local public television station in Dayton, Ohio.  My topic was the rise of digital textbooks and options available for students and faculty to access and produce textbooks and learning materials.  Below is a snapshot of my general comments with links to various sources for more information.

Our current textbook system is broken.  We have arrived at $200 textbooks and have students who cannot afford them.  As a result, students try to borrow a textbook from the library or a friend (sometimes the older edition), purchase a used one, or go without.  Neither of these options provides revenue to the publisher, thus resulting in higher price points in an effort to recover the costs or production.   What can we do about this catch 22? Continue reading Digital Textbooks and Open Educational Resources – Summary of SOCHE Think TV session

Articles of Interest

Apologies for the long list, I’ve been away for a week and lots has happened!

Ingram Announces New Library Ebook Access Model and Audiobook Shift

In the era of ebooks, what is a book worth (I)

Is signing with a mainstream publisher now a mistake?

Digital book subscriptions, by Jane Litte

Publishers Weekly: Librarians at the Gate

HathiTrust: A Research Library at Web Scale – from InfoDocket

Reflections on Google Book Search – The Scholarly Kitchen

AcademicPub Opens Custom Textbook-Building to Faculty …

California Bill Would Offer Clear Protection for Digital Reading Records

Six Reasons Google Books Failed by Robert Darnton | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books

Nook Friends is a Shot Across the Bow of eBook Lending Sites – eBookNewser

Sixty Percent of iPad Owners Read eBooks on Their iPad – eBookNewser

Hands on With Sony’s S1, S2 Tablet PCs

News: No Room for Books – Inside Higher Ed

This Week in Libraries: Interview with Sarah Houghton-Jan about ebooks

OnCampus Research: “E-Books, E-Readers Begin to Catch on with College Crowd”

Flat World Knowledge releases Make It Your Own platform

Reprinted in full from Information Today NewsBreaks, by Paula Hane.

Flat World Knowledge, a publisher of free and open college textbooks for students, announced the release of a new platform called MIYO (Make It Your Own). The fully-automated system gives professors greater control over textbook content, and the ability, with one click, to make their modified book available to students free online or in multiple, low-cost digital and print formats.

MIYO (mee-oh) transforms a static textbook into an adaptable learning platform by combining a digital-first architecture with Flat World’s open licensing model that grants faculty the right to revise, remix and share its textbooks. The new system uses familiar drag-and-drop and click features that allow instructors to easily move or delete chapters and sections; upload Word and PDF documents; add notes and exercises; insert video and hyperlinks; edit sentences; and incorporate other content that is free to reuse under a Creative Commons open license. Continue reading Flat World Knowledge releases Make It Your Own platform

Articles of Interest

eBook Tops All Trade Publishing Categories in February – eBookNewser

World Book Mobile Launched

Libraries and E-Content: Toward a More Universal Design

Copyright Office submission to Congress: analysis of digitization and legal framework of the Google case

David Rothman speculates On A Two Part National Digital Library

More Graphic Textbooks from Flat World Knowledge

The End of Content Ownership | Lance Ulanoff | PCMag.com

Could you create an open textbook?

Inkling: Changing the Textbook Industry with the iPad – Tom …

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Forget Netflix. E-book Publishers Need a Hulu: Tech News and …

Streaming or Buying Books: Will Readers Choose a Subscription Model for E-Books?

O’Reilly to Go Print on Demand – eBookNewser

We can surmise that e-book sales may be responsible for the steep downturns in the US and UK – Futurebook

Intel Capital, Condé Nast Owner Invest $30 Million in Kno; Intel to Consult on Student Tablet Hardware

At #LBF11: 24symbols — the Spotify Model for Books

24Symbols to launch ebook subscription service in June

Spanish Start-Up To Launch “Spotify For Books”

Kno secures $30 million in funding, leaves hardware business

Books | Libraries, publishers armed for e-book showdown | Seattle Times Newspaper

Might e-readers replace vanishing libraries?

Google Who? – Inside Higher Ed

Booked! Libraries, eBooks and Their Collections!

OhioLINK receives $750,000 EDUCAUSE grant for multimedia course material

OhioLINK has been named a recipient of a $750,000 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), a new initiative focused on identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to dramatically improve college readiness and completion, especially for low-income young adults. OhioLINK’s winning project will build off of its successful Ohio Digital Bookshelf program by creating multimedia and self-assessment tools to help students succeed in fundamental math and applied engineering courses. OhioLINK’s proposal was one of 29 recipients chosen out of 600 pre-proposals and 50 finalists. Continue reading OhioLINK receives $750,000 EDUCAUSE grant for multimedia course material

Free webinar on open textbooks, April 11th

Spotlight On Innovation:
Attacking High Text Costs While Improving Outcomes

Date: Monday, April 11th, 2011
Time: 3:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm PT
Duration: 50 minutes followed by a live Q&A session

As the high cost of college texts negatively impacts student retention and outcomes, what actions can faculty and institutions take to reverse this trend?

Register now for this no-cost webinar to learn about three of the most exciting initiatives aimed at driving costs down while enhancing innovation and outcomes.

Moderated by Eric FrankPresident and Co-Founder of Flat World Knowledge, this panel will begin with an overview of what open texts are and how they’ve emerged as a force in past years, and then spotlight the innovative work of the University System of Ohio, Washington Open Course Library Project, and Virginia State University.

Join us on April 11th. Click here to register or use the link below:
http://links.mkt3708.com/ctt?kn=5&ms=OTk0ODM4S0&r=OTczNzE1NzE0S0&b=2&j=MjYyMTU4NjMS1&mt=1&rt=0 Continue reading Free webinar on open textbooks, April 11th

Interview with Eric Frank, Flat World Knowledge

Last week while at ACRL, I moderated a session on the role of the academic library with the adoption of digital textbooks.  Eric Frank, Co-Founder and President of Flat World Knowledge, was on the panel.  We had a chance to talk afterward about the Flat World Knowledge product and business model and the future of the digital textbook.

Cengage’s MindTap, an interview with Nader Qaimari

Last Friday I spoke with Nader Qaimari, the Senior VP of Marketing for Cengage Learning, about MindTap (TM).  MindTap is a program of digital products and service, including Cengage content, that engages students via interactivity.  MindTap plans to bring digital textbooks to life.  In the interview, Nader discusses how library resources fit into MindTap.  More information on MindTap, including sample videos is available at cengage.com/mindtap.

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For the week of March 21st

Inkling: Another Digital Textbook Approacheth, But this time, It has Friends: The Scholarly Kitchen

Research Triangle Libraries Get $41K Grant To Explore Consortial Ebook Models

The Vexed Problem of Libraries, Publishers, and E-books ” The …

HarperCollinsGate: Some Thoughts ” The Scholarly Kitchen

Innovation and Longevity in Digital Publishing: Surfing the S Curve – The Scholarly Kitchen

Amazon Appstore for Android is open

E-book pricing hinges on customer perception of value

Google Books Settlement statements of: AAP, Open Book Alliance, Nat. Fed. of the Blind

Judge Rules Against Google Books Settlement