Michael Pastore from Zorba Press compiled this very thorough guide to free ebooks.Â It lists hundreds of possibilities under various categories like – free ebook websites, ebook directories, childrens ebooks, audio books, scholarly offerings, non-fiction, and more.Â Pastore plans to update the guide each January and June.
I understand there are concerns about ebooks and privacy.Â 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.Â 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.Â If I live in a small town I probably know the librarian.Â Do I want her to know about my health issue when I check out the book?Â 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?Â Even in my own home.Â Do I have to hide the print book from my children, my mom?
With an ebook you have privacy.Â Nobody knows what you’re reading.
And to be honest, I much prefer privacy at this personal level.Â I’m less concerned about whether the FBI knows what I’m reading.
The strange case of academic libraries and e-books nobody reads -a very good read (sp)
Some interesting eBook white papers, surveys and reports:
Springer eBook white papers
ebrary ebook survey results
Colleagues from the University of California, Irvine Libraries have shared with me their chart (PDA Vendor Chart) for evaluating the patron driven offerings from e-book aggregators.Â Please have a look and use if you can.Â If you have any questions about the chart please contact Tony Lin at the UCI Libraries.
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) â€“ Consumer Electronics Show â€“ 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, MacÂ®, iPodÂ®, iPhoneÂ®, ZuneÂ®, SonyÂ® Readerâ„¢, nookâ„¢, and DROIDâ„¢ by MotorolaÂ®, at CES booth #12145 on January 7-10, 2010.
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Glad to see (press release below) that the patron driven model is going well for another e-book aggregator.Â Librarians – please take a look at the PDA survey from ebrary.Â It’s extensive, detailed, and asks very specific questions about workflow.Â The results should be really interesting.Â Continue reading ebrary PDA pilot extended, PDA survey announced
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 â€œbetaâ€ 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 trickyâ€”we could risk losing readers who are used to our old domain (of course, redirects will be in place, but itâ€™s still going to be a bit confusing), so we wanted to get the word out early. Continue reading American Libraries new website
The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers conducted a survey of academic book publishers policies and practices in online publishing in 2009.Â The initial results of that survey are available (released in Oct. 09) with additional results to follow.Â More information can be found on the ALPSP site.
From the ALPSP site:Â The First Findings Summary (pdf) published on 13 OctoberÂ 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.