New Articles of Interest

Wow, e-book talk has exploded.  There are so many good stories from the past week.  Have a look at some.

Tech Change: The library’s changing approach to ebooks and technology! By Tony Bandy

Some Thoughts on Free Textbooks

It Takes a Consortium to Support Open Textbooks

The eBook Wars: Agency & Winners

Two studies on e-library economics

Hurtling Toward the Finish Line: Should the Google Books Settlement Be Approved?: California Digital Library

E-Library Economics – Inside Higher Ed

Electronic Frontier Foundation discusses digital books and your rights

iPad for Kids Coming from Mattel

Apple to wrap digital books in FairPlay copy protection [Clarified]

Webinar: Tricks of the ‘Trade’ – How to Move to Digital First Content Production

I received an email about an upcoming webinar sponsored by Aptara.  It will be on Thursday, March 11th.  More details are on the Aptara site.  Here is a summary of the webinar taken from the invite:

In today’s digital-centric world, the new market leaders certainly won’t be those offering traditional content products through traditional channels.  From Kindle to iPhone to iPad, eBooks are a path to vastly more effective mobile content delivery.   And whether you produce trade and consumer publications, textbooks, technical white papers, or product user guides − as technology rapidly enables more intelligent, interactive content  − new strategies are required to bring products to market faster, more profitably, and in a way that future-proofs your publishing efforts.

In this interactive 60-minute webinar, content strategist Scott Abel, aka The Content Wrangler, will lead an insightful and lively discussion between intelligent content management maven Ann Rockley and digital publishing innovator Dev Ganesan.  These three industry experts will discuss key challenges and offer practical solutions for implementing intelligent content strategies and optimizing publishing operations.  Learn how to transition from traditional methods to innovate and profit from this new age of digital publishing.

DOD offers audiobooks

I received the following Press Release concerning the DOD and audiobooks.  I’m glad to see government agencies making the leap to electronic books.

Department of Defense offers downloadable audiobooks through MyiLibrary

La VERGNE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc. announced today an agreement with the US Department of Defense (DOD) to offer downloadable digital audiobooks to military service members, their dependents, and National Guard members through MyiLibrary®, Ingram’s market leading online e-content aggregation platform.    Continue reading DOD offers audiobooks

Blackwell Reference Online Now Accessible through Reference Universe

From a Paratext Press Release:

Blackwell Reference Online Now Accessible through Reference Universe

AUSTIN, Texas (February 11, 2010)-Paratext announces the addition of links to 450 e-titles within Blackwell Reference Online from the Reference Universe platform.
Blackwell Reference Online brings together Wiley–Blackwell’s critically acclaimed Blackwell Companions and Handbooks, as well as major encyclopedias, including the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology and the International Encyclopedia of Communication. Continue reading Blackwell Reference Online Now Accessible through Reference Universe

OverDrive Audiobook App Now Available in Android Market

from an OverDrive Press Release:

OverDrive Audiobook App Now Available in Androidâ„¢ Market
Android app enables wireless audiobook downloads from libraries and booksellers

Cleveland, OH – February 11, 2010 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of audiobooks and eBooks to libraries and retailers, announced that its audiobook app for Android™ is now out of beta and available as a full release. OverDrive’s audiobook app for Android enables users to wirelessly download MP3 audiobooks from more than 10,000 libraries and major online retailers, including Barnesandnoble.com, BooksOnBoard.com, and Borders.com. Major devices, including DROID™ by Motorola®, DROID Eris™, and Nexus One™, can now be used to access OverDrive-supplied MP3 audiobooks on the go. To install OverDrive® Media Console™ for Android v1.0, visit the Android Market on your device or download directly from http://overdrive.com/software/omc. Continue reading OverDrive Audiobook App Now Available in Android Market

eBook Wars – a live podcast this Wednesday

**Note, this was recorded**  info below.  This Wednesday, Feb. 10th from 2PM – 3PM EST, Copyright Clearance Center’s Chris Kenneally will be hosting a special Beyond the Book live podcast (http://beyondthebookcast.com/live-webcast/) examining the eBook Wars, which are taking shape with MacMillan challenging Amazon and the rise of eReaders and the iPad. During the podcast, Chris and his panelists will look at all sides of the e-book story and what future battles may bring to the print and digital marketplace. The podcast will air live on BlogTalkRadio: http://bit.ly/drJipN

Joining Chris are:

·         Andrew Albanese, features editor at Publishers Weekly;

·         Sara Nelson, Books Editor, “O” Magazine;

·         Brian O’Leary, Founder & Principal, Magellan Media Partners; and

·         Mike Shatzkin, Founder & CEO, The Idea Logical Company, Inc.,

During the podcast, Chris will also be taking phone calls at 646-378-1949.

Yes it was recorded, you can listen here:http://beyondthebookcast.com/from-the-frontlines-of-the-ebook-wars/

New Articles of Interest

SPIE launches digital library

Authors Guild responds to Justice Department’s comments

Department of Justice objects to revised Google Books settlement

Textbook companies to partner with ScrollMotion to put content on iPad

Macmillan’s Amazon Beatdown Proves Content Is King

Future of eReading might not be iPad, but Blio

Apple unveils iPad. Your move, Amazon

The iPad to Ruin the Book Publishing Industry?

Steve Jobs Reveals Apple’s eBook Pricing

The Future of the Book Market, Part 3: Publishers Content Providers

FT.com / Media – Walls close in on e-book garden

Revised Google Books settlement pleases few

Amazon buys touch screen start up company

Article in the NYTimes today about Amazon purchasing the start up company, Touchco, based in NY.  Touchco’s touch screen technology is cheaper than the iPad/iPhone technology and is said to recognize an unlimited number of simultaneous  touch points.  Looks like Amazon is drawing the big guns.  Rumor has it they have finally open up the Kindle to development for applications – about time.   I’m thrilled with all of these new devices and technologies.  First generation readers just didn’t do anything for my taste, so I’m very excited to see how the device of the future unfolds.

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