Symposium on Economics of Sustaining Digital Information

Received this information from an OCLC Press Release:

Blue Ribbon Task Force to Host Symposium on Economics of Sustaining Digital Information

Government, Industry, Academic Leaders Featured in Public “Conversation”
April 1, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access (BRTF-SDPA) will hold a one-day symposium convening a diverse group of speakers from the academic, private, and public sectors to discuss one of the most pressing issues of the Information Age: identifying practical solutions to the economic challenges of preserving today’s deluge of digital data.

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2010 Horizon Report – eBooks top technology

For the last 7 years the New Media consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have collaborated on the Horizon Report.  The report identifies key trends in higher education, critical challenges, and selects 6 technologies to watch.  Ebooks have made the top 6 technologies, in the mid-term horizon, which means 2 – 3 years for widespread adoption.   The study indicates that 3 obstacles to ebook adoption in higher education are now falling away – availability of titles, capability of readers, and problematic publishing models.   According to the report, more publishers are releasing textbook content electronically, ebook readers now have the ability to display graphics, bookmark, annotate, and more, and business models are changing to allow the purchase of the e without the p (and e is simultaneously being released with p).

The report sites several examples of ebooks in practice including the Penn State SONY project, Darden’s KINDLE project, DeepDyve, and Sophie.

New Articles of Interest

Apple is Up to Something Publishers May Not Like

Erik Christopher follows up on “The strange case of academic libraries and e-books nobody reads”

Elsevier Introduces New Features For Online Health-Science Textbooks – Wired News – CHE

Four Universities Settle Suit over Accessibility to Kindle for the Blind – 1/28/2010 – Library Journal

Apple’s new $499-and-up iPad includes NY Times, Bookstore

Ebooks and Higher Ed – Platforms, an overview from inside, Part 2 by Erik Christopher

Credo Reference adds National Gallery Images

From a Credo Press Release:

Credo Reference adds prestigious National Gallery images to its reference collection

Oxford and Boston, January 26, 2010 – Credo Reference, the award winning online reference library, has signed an agreement to include National Gallery, London images and information in the Credo General Reference Collection.
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New Audio Interview with Patrick Moore of Ingram Digital

Just posted a new interview with Patrick Moore from Ingram Digital on the interviews page. Patrick and I discussed Ingram’s audio-book program.  One slight correction in the interview – Patrick states that Ingram is adding approximately 100 titles per day.  The statement should have been “approximately 100 titles per week.” For more information on Ingram Digital see the following:

MyiLibrary Audio Information – product information – http://www.ingramlibrary.com/myilibrary

Ingram Library Services – public and K-12 libraries – http://www.ingramlibrary.com

Coutts Information Services – academic libraries – http://couttsinformationservices.com

Ingram Content Group – http://www.ingramcontent.com

The new iPad, it sounds like a dream date

Been watching the twits about the iPad – “extraordinary,”  “a dream to type on,” “much more intimate than a laptop,” “the best browsing experience you’ve ever had.”  Sounds like they are describing a dream date (sans the laptop and browsing). Oh wait, now they are talking about pinching folders, ouch.

Seriously – it appears to be a bigger and better iPod Touch.  Multimedia viewing, full keyboard, pictures, email, ebooks, music, google maps, existing apps, yadda yadda.  I’m sure I’ll own one soon, but it doesn’t sound like they’ve introduced anything we haven’t seen in other devices – it will just be better of course because it’s Apple.

Not too much on ebooks thus far and nothing on textbooks.  Anxious to find out more about that.

added later – just read a nice post on teleread about the ebook options on the new ipad.   iBooks – EPUB…this really is a dream date!

New Articles of Interest

Wow, lots of good stuff going on these last couple of weeks.

Forty-nine percent of surveyed consumers unlikely to buy dedicated e-book readers

Before E-book Experimentation, How About A Little Back to Basics?

Ebooks and Higher Ed – Platforms, an overview from inside by Erik Christopher

How to: The archaic art of printing e-books from home

Amazon Opens Kindle to App Developers

Open Book Alliance Calls for Scrapping Google Settlement, with Public Guardian – 1/19/2010 – Library Journal

ALA 2010 Midwinter Meeting: Top Tech Trends Panel Focuses on End Users and Ebooks – 1/19/2010 – Library Journal

Amazon Annouces new 70% Royalty Option for Kindle Publishing

Woman’s Day to Launch Digital ‘Cookvook’

The Making of an eBook: Part 1

Have you heard about blio?

Have you heard about blio reader, the free ebook reader from Baker & Taylor?  I got a demo of it last week at the American Library Association conference in Boston.  It’s pretty cool, offering full color and audio for any open system – MAC, PC, iPhone, netbook, etc.  Blio was developed by a gamer – very cool and wise decision in my opinion.  Even children’s books looked and sounded good on this reader.  Some cool features I saw included:

  • full color
  • text 2 speech (TTS) – which sounded pretty good
  • track audio down to the word, start reading again at the exact word
  • embedded multimedia
  • page turning
  • highlight word and get a definition
  • reflowable text
  • change font
  • some titles were narrated, depends on publisher
  • publishers can edit/control the voice for text 2 speech reading – change gender, tone, speed, etc.

blio will be available for the retail market in February with access to over 1 million free ebooks and a large selection of trade/childrens titles for purchase, through the online bookstore.  B & T plans to expand to the library market in the summer of 2010.  The website offers a comparison chart of various ereaders.  Check it out.

2010 Dartmouth Medal Winners

The Dartmouth Medal, honoring a reference work of outstanding quality and significance, is awarded each year by the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.  This year, 3 titles were honored, one as the Dartmouth Medal winner and two for Honorable Mention.  All 3 multivolume titles are available in ebook format through the publisher’s reference platform.

Winners for 2010 include:

Honorable Mention –

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