10 Takeaways from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference for Librarians

Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time.  Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and network   about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing.  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.  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

OverDrive releases Blackberry Audiobook App

OverDrive announced today the public beta release of an audiobook app for Blackberry smartphones. This app enables the wireless download of mp3 audiobooks from over 10,000 libraries, barnesandnoble.com, booksonboard.com, or borders.com.  To download the app, visit http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc.  The full press release is available on the OverDrive site.

PubFactory

During the TOC Conference I got a demo of iFactory’s new platform, PubFactory from Tom Beyer, Director of Publishing at iFactory.

PubFactory is an online publishing platform for publishers or libraries that is xml based, and supports ePub, DocBook, TEI, and NLM Journal formats.  They also support ONIX and RDF for metadata and PDF (metadata and full text searching/viewing).  Continue reading PubFactory

TOC – Rethinking the Role and Funding of Academic Book Publishing

TOC - Rethinking The Role and Funding of Academic Book Publishing – Frances Pinter (Bloomsbury Academic), Feb. 24

Creating quality content is not without cost.  Frances discussed publishing monographs in academia, which is an endangered species.  print runs for academic books have been on a major decline. She focused on the SS and H (Social Science and Humanities) where the book form is still preferred over journal articles (unlike the sciences).  She offered a very interesting proposition to support an open access model for academic monograph publishing, supported by library budgets.  I hope Frances presents this to library audiences, because it’s worth thinking about and considering.  Libraries want open access, have declining budgets, and like to collaborate.  Her model addresses all of these factors. I’ll try to get her slides or check with her about an audio interview. Continue reading TOC – Rethinking the Role and Funding of Academic Book Publishing

TOC- Who Needs You, Big Publishing?

TOC – Wednesday keynote - Who Needs You, Big Publishing?  How Authors Can Own Al Rights and Make More Monday – Scott Sigler

  • every word he’s every published is completely free, unabridged, everything – the whole story, he puts the decision process on the consumer to decide if his content is good enough for them to purchase
  • he has his own website, facebook, twitter, mySpace, etc.  – all with a good number of followers; constant connection with his audience which he can stay in front of
  • His book ANCESTOR – put out in April of 2007
  • he had already given it away for free, but it was now for sale online by a small Canadian publisher
  • he topped the charts in his genre on Amazon
  • this success has led to more books, more paperbacks, hardcovers, etc. Continue reading TOC- Who Needs You, Big Publishing?

TOC – Augmented Reality

TOC – Augmented Reality and You, Christine Perey, Perey Research and Consulting, Feb. 24

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AR is often confused with visual search like google goggles or Nokia point & find, Ricoh iCandy, or kooaba interactive print. (i.e.google goggles, it’s confused b/c a person can take a a picture of a book cover and then the search engine actually brought back results. The publisher didn’t do anything in this instance).

What is AR? Continue reading TOC – Augmented Reality

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