For the week of March 14th:
No Shelf Required II:Â The Use and Management of E-Books is currently underway with ALA Editions.Â The forthcoming book offers a look at digital only libraries, device lending programs, consortial purchasing, eBook access issues (digital divide, accessibility, archiving/preservation, and weeding/updating), digital textbooks, the use of ebook/ereader technology in the classroom, and much much more.Â When complete, it will contain 26 chapters written by 28 contributors, representing school, public, and academic libraries, publishers, consultants, and faculty.
I am pleased to announce that four of the contributors were named 2011 Library Journal Movers and Shakers.Â They are:
Congrats to these and all of the 2011 Library Journal Movers and Shakers!
Cengage Learning recently unveiled MindTapâ„¢, a program of digital products and services, including Cengage content, that engages students through interactivity and offers instructors choice in content, platforms, devices and learning tools.Â Beyond an eBook, course delivery platform or Learning Management System, MindTap is the first in a new category of Personal Learning Experiences (PLEs). MindTap is device agnostic, giving students access to their course materials anytime, anywhere â€“ on their desktops, laptops, tablets or mobile phones.
At the core of MindTap is MindTap Readerâ„¢, which is a new interactive platform that brings digital textbooks to life. Â The MindTap Reader adds significant reading learning activity functionality embedded within the context of text and other elements including video/audio, annotations, activities, applications and instructor source materials, while also preparing existing products to take advantage of future MindTap services. Continue reading Cengage Unveils MindTap, an interactive learning program
According to a survey released last week by Cengage Learning, 87% of students feel that online libraries and databases have had the most significant impact on their overall learning. The survey, entitled “Instructors and Students: Technology Use, Engagement and Learning Outcomes” conducted by Eduventures, identifies a new generation of students and highlights pressures and obstacles hindering student success. The survey was administered to 751 students and 201 instructors across the United States in December 2010. This is the second Cengage Learning/Eduventures survey designed to uncover how educational technology impacts overall student engagement and learning outcomes.Â Some additional library, database and ebook/ereader results are below.
What type of impact have the following technologies had on your overall learning?
- 87% of students believe online libraries and databases have had the most significant impact on their overall learning.
- 62% identify blogs, wikis, and other online authoring tools while 59% identify YouTube and recorded lectures.
- E-books and e-textbooks impact overall learning among 50% of students surveyed, while 42% of students identify online portals. Continue reading 87% students feel online libraries and databases have had significant impact on learning
Jim Fruchterman wants to make the book truly accessible and feels we have a good start, but a long way to go. Bookshare is the largest online library for people with disabilities, they download more than 1 million books per year. His service only serves about 1% of the population, and they turn away so many people who don’t qualify for the free service. Â He feels this is an untapped market for publishers. Â People with disabilities want to buy books, read books, listen to books, etc. Â At bookshare, they do a lot of content conversion to more accessible formats and can offer the content back to the publishers. Â Their main product is the digital text, which is not a commercial quality ebook, thus you won’t find them on pirated sites. If Bookshare finds any of their titles on pirated sites, they contact the client, remove content, etc. Continue reading TOC Keynote, Making the book truly accessible, Jim Fruchterman, Benetech
Panel discussion on eTextbooks in Higher Education: Â Practical Findings to Guide the Industry. Â Panelists included Jade Roth, Curtiss Barnes, Nick Francesco, David McCarthy, Jacob Robinson, and Susan Stites-Doe. Â Panelist names/titles are available on the conference website.
Notes are my own interpretation and my best attempts were made to ensure accuracy.
Some overview data: Â 15% of textbook content is avaiable in digital format, yet only 1 – 3% of higher education sales are digital, sales are across all disciplines, there is no clear winner in the format.
14% of students have purchased digital materials, primarily for cost savings, 18% purchase for features, and 10% for curiosity. Continue reading TOC – Digital Textbooks Panel Summary
This is probably not a surprise to many people, but the 2011 Horizon Report has listed eBooks as a technology that has one year or less to adoption.
From the Horizon Report: Â “Now that they are firmly established in the consumer sector, electronic books are beginning to demonstrateÂ capabilities that challenge the very definition of reading. Audiovisual, interactive, and social elements enhanceÂ the informational content of books and magazines. Social tools extend the readerâ€™s experience into the largerÂ world, connecting readers with one another and enabling deeper, collaborative explorations of the text. TheÂ content of electronic books and the social activities they enable, rather than the device used to access them,Â are the keys to their popularity; nearly everyone carries some device that can function as an electronic reader,Â and more people are engaging with electronic books than ever before.”
Mobile is another one year or less to adoption technology.
Augmented reality and game-based learning are two to three years out, and gesture based computing and learning analytics are four to five years out.
ALA Midwinter 2011: ALCTS Panel Considers the Impact of Patron-Driven Acquisition on Selection and Collections
Amazon Kindle E-Reader Sales Will Keep Growing in 2011: 10 Reasons Why – Mobile and Wireless – News & Reviews – eWeek.com
A new blog focusing on digital textbooks is now available at:Â http://digital-textbooks.blogspot.com/ According to moderator, Gerry McKiernan, Associate Professor and Science and Technology Librarian, Iowa State University Library, “DT is devoted to documenting significant initiatives that relate to any and all aspects of Digital Textbooks, most notably their use in Higher Education. DT will seek to profile major, as well as minor, content as well as current and emerging platforms and technologies.”
Anderson says, “The survey is drawing the wrong conclusion by framing the question in terms of media choice. Itâ€™s not about print versus electronic. Itâ€™s about economics and selection.
Imagine if someone asked you if you wanted to pay more for something and have limited selection. Would you trade a cheaper format with a broader selection for something youâ€™d calculate as more costly and less abundant? Only if youâ€™re a devoted early adopter.
For the vast majority of students, print textbooks are economically superior to e-books simply because thereâ€™s a robust used book market for expensive print textbooks. Buy them new, sell them back. Want them cheaper? Buy them used. The market is much more favorable and robust.” Â end clip
Later in the post, Anderson states, “As an aside, I have yet to find this survey released in any form other than a press release. Thatâ€™s not a good sign. It makes me think the whole thing was about generating the press release.”Â I’ll add to Anderson’s speculation by repeating something I heard at the Charleston Conference last week. Â Can you really trust surveys that boast student’s reliance on the print book which are sponsored by college bookstores?
Jeff Shelstad, Founder and CEO ofÂ FlatWorld Knowledge spoke first.
Jeff provided some stats on higher education:
- 19.1 million students in 2010 in college
- $850 avg spent on textbook
- so, itâ€™s about a 10billion industry
- Cengage, Pearson, McGraw-Hill are the big 3 publishers along with many other small ones
Problem is that the industry has outworn their value proposition and is not willing to pay for the product the industry is offering.Â Affordability is a huge problem.
36% of community college student in a study said that the cost of textbooks had caused them to leave/dropout Continue reading Charleston Conference – Open Textbooks Model & Library Involvement