Musings on privacy and ebooks, a personal perspective

I understand there are concerns about ebooks and privacy.  We should certainly consider how privacy will change with this technology, but I have to say, at a local level I feel I have so much more privacy reading books with an e-reader.  Using my ebook reader (Sony) I can buy an ebook or borrow one from the public library and read them anywhere without feeling exposed.

Let’s say I’m having a health issue and I want to borrow a print book from my local library to find out more about it.  If I live in a small town I probably know the librarian.  Do I want her to know about my health issue when I check out the book?  If I read the book on the bus, at work (during lunch of course), at my son’s karate class do I really want all those people to know about my issue?  Even in my own home.  Do I have to hide the print book from my children, my mom?

With an ebook you have privacy.  Nobody knows what you’re reading.

And to be honest, I much prefer privacy at this personal level.  I’m less concerned about whether the FBI knows what I’m reading.

OverDrive Expands International Distribution for eBooks & Audiobooks

From an OverDrive Press Release:

OverDrive Expands International Distribution for eBooks & Audiobooks
Leading booksellers and libraries in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Norway, and the UK join global network

(Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2010) – Consumer Electronics Show – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the global leader in eBook and audiobook distribution, announced today that it recently entered into agreements with top booksellers, publishers, and libraries on five continents. OverDrive will demonstrate its global network and success in enabling access to 400,000 digital books on popular devices, including PC, Mac®, iPod®, iPhone®, Zune®, Sony® Reader™, nook™, and DROID™ by Motorola®, at CES booth #12145 on January 7-10, 2010.
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ebrary PDA pilot extended, PDA survey announced

Glad to see (press release below) that the patron driven model is going well for another e-book aggregator.  Librarians – please take a look at the PDA survey from ebrary.  It’s extensive, detailed, and asks very specific questions about workflow.  The results should be really interesting.  Continue reading ebrary PDA pilot extended, PDA survey announced

American Libraries new website

American Libraries is rolling out a newly redesigned website, tentatively scheduled to appear January 4. The site, which is live now but still carrying the “beta” label, is at www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org. We encourage you to take a look and update your bookmarks and any links to us in your blogs and websites. The AL Online RSS feed will relocate to www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/rss.xml. Making the switch to a new domain could be tricky—we could risk losing readers who are used to our old domain (of course, redirects will be in place, but it’s still going to be a bit confusing), so we wanted to get the word out early. Continue reading American Libraries new website

Survey on Scholarly Book Publishing Practice

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers conducted a survey of academic book publishers policies and practices in online publishing in 2009.  The initial results of that survey are available (released in Oct. 09) with additional results to follow.  More information can be found on the ALPSP site.

From the ALPSP site:  The First Findings Summary (pdf) published on 13 October  2009 draws attention to:

* the size and extent of the forthcoming survey;
* the types of academic publishing currently being undertaken;
* the reported effect on sales of the ‘Look Inside’ function provided by Amazon;
* the number of publishers so far signed up to the Google Book Settlement;
* the proportion of eBooks published by commercial as against non-profit publishers.

Hybrid books – article in Washington Post

Interesting article in the Washington Post on hybrid books – books which contain print, video, links, and other multisensory features.  The article is As books go beyond printed page to multisensory experience – what about reading?

Loss of creativity/imagination is a recurring thought in the article and subsequent comments.   Vooks, as they are called, seem to be aimed at younger audiences.  Are they good for different learning styles??

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