New Articles of Interest

eBook and Audiobook Download Websites for Libraries See Record Growth in 2009 — OverDrive

“Blindness Organizations And ASU Settle Amazon Kindle DX Discrimination Suit” By Robin Wauters

TBI Research claims Amazon currently sells 90% of all e-books

The Kindle vs. the Nook

Mortgaging the future of universities the e-book package way

think | The Digital Divide (Kindle project at Case Western)

NetLibrary titles compatible with Nook and SONY Daily Edition

Very cool news from OCLC/NetLibrary.  Their e-books are now compatible with the Nook as well as the new SONY Daily Edition (they were already compatible with the 4 versions of SONY Readers).  This is a real benefit for libraries who are looking for more e-reader options.  It opens up so many potentials for patron downloads and the use of e-readers by libraries (for circulation).  I hope to see other aggregators and publishers following suit and (fingers crossed) adding more textbooks to the mix.  The press release from OCLC is below.

NetLibrary eBooks compatible with new Barnes & Noble nook, new ony Daily Edition and other popular eBook readers

140,000 eBook titles available for download to portable devices
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Oxford University Press chooses PubFactory for Oxford Dictionaries Online

Excited to see that OUP is working with iFactory, and their new platform, PubFactory.  I haven’t seen PubFactory since beta, so I’m anxious to try it out.  Am hoping to get a grand tour via webinar this month, so look for an informal PubFactory review on NSR soon.   Here’s the press release:

iFactory chosen for superior fusion of design and technology,
continues long-standing relationship with OUP

BOSTON – January 14, 2010 — iFactory, an award-winning web design and development firm, today announced that Oxford University Press (OUP) has chosen iFactory’s new online publishing development platform, PubFactory, to develop Oxford Dictionaries Online, a new global modern English dictionary and language reference service. OUP, a major provider of online reference and scholarly content to libraries, turned to iFactory for this project because of its unique focus on design and custom development capabilities.
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Interactive Online Reference Article

I’ve had several posts in the last 3 months about interactive online reference – a survey, link to a Charleston Presentation, and now a link to the “Off The Shelf” column in Booklist which highlights interactive online reference (and summarizes the survey and the presentation from Charleston).  The article is available at Booklist Online and is also linked from the NSR articles page, along with the other Off The Shelf columns.  Happy reading.

Rent your textbook

Interesting article in the NYT today about Barnes & Noble’s textbook rental program.  According to the article, textbooks can be rented from college bookstores for about 42% of the retail price.  B & N piloted the program last year in a few schools, it has now been expanded to 25 campuses.  Renting textbooks isn’t a new phenomenon, but it’s picked up in popularity due to federal grants for bookstores to start rental programs (to combat the high cost of textbooks).  Cengage and Chegg.com are also options.   Are you allowed to highlight and write in the rented books I wonder?  If this takes off, how might this impact the regularity of new editions?  Unfortunately, it only offers an option to students, renting.  It doesn’t get to the heart of the matter, which is the high cost of the book.

Here in Ohio we experimented with leasing e-textbooks from CourseSmart.  It didn’t work out so well because the program has been canceled.  Students just aren’t ready to embrace the e-textbook, they want “a real book.”

ebrary announced DASH – Data Sharing, Fast

Subscribers to ebrary’s Academic Complete now have the ability to upload and share their own PDF documents.  It’s all part of a new service called DASH – (Data Sharing, Fast).  Those attending the ALAMW meeting in Boston next week can check it out.  The complete press release is below.

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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.

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