I received an email about an upcoming webinar sponsored by Aptara.Â It will be on Thursday, March 11th.Â More details are on the Aptara site.Â Here is a summary of the webinar taken from the invite:
In todayâ€™s digital-centric world, the new market leaders certainly wonâ€™t be those offering traditional content products through traditional channels.Â From Kindle to iPhone to iPad, eBooks are a path to vastly more effective mobile content delivery.Â Â And whether you produce trade and consumer publications, textbooks, technical white papers, or product user guides âˆ’ as technology rapidly enables more intelligent, interactive contentÂ âˆ’ 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.Â These three industry experts will discuss key challenges and offer practical solutions for implementing intelligent content strategies and optimizing publishing operations.Â Learn how to transition from traditional methods to innovate and profit from this new age of digital publishing.
I received the following Press Release concerning the DOD and audiobooks.Â I’m glad to see government agencies making the leap to electronic books.
Department of Defense offers downloadable audiobooks through MyiLibrary
La VERGNE, TN â€“ 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 MyiLibraryÂ®, Ingramâ€™s market leading online e-content aggregation platform.Â Â Continue reading DOD offers audiobooks
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
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 â€“ February 11, 2010 â€“ OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of audiobooks and eBooks to libraries and retailers, announced that its audiobook app for Androidâ„¢ is now out of beta and available as a full release. OverDriveâ€™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 DROIDâ„¢ by MotorolaÂ®, DROID Erisâ„¢, and Nexus Oneâ„¢, can now be used to access OverDrive-supplied MP3 audiobooks on the go. To install OverDriveÂ® Media Consoleâ„¢ 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
**Note, this was recorded** Â info below. Â This Wednesday, Feb. 10th from 2PM â€“ 3PM EST, Copyright Clearance Centerâ€™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:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Andrew Albanese, features editor at Publishers Weekly;
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sara Nelson, Books Editor, â€œOâ€ Magazine;
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Brian Oâ€™Leary, Founder & Principal, Magellan Media Partners; and
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 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/
Article in the NYTimes today about Amazon purchasing the start up company, Touchco, based in NY. Â Touchco’s touch screen technology is cheaper than the iPad/iPhone technology and is said to recognize an unlimited number of simultaneous Â touch points. Â Looks like Amazon is drawing the big guns. Â Rumor has it they have finally open up the Kindle to development for applications – about time. Â I’m thrilled with all of these new devices and technologies. Â 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.
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 â€œConversationâ€
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 todayâ€™s deluge of digital data.
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For the last 7 years the New Media consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have collaborated on the Horizon Report.Â The report identifies key trends in higher education, critical challenges, and selects 6 technologies to watch.Â Ebooks have made the top 6 technologies, in the mid-term horizon, which means 2 – 3 years for widespread adoption.Â Â 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.Â Â 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.