Aptara just released the results of a survey to more than 300 publishers about eBooks.Â The three most insightful results according to Aptara are:
Those who are publishing eBooks are forgoing substantial revenue by vastly limiting their potential readership
most publishers are using their own eCommerce sites and not taking advantage of major distribution channels that provide access to the largest available audiences of digitally savvy consumers most publishers are creating
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Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time.Â Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and networkÂ Â about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing.Â While much of the information presented was for the publishing industry, I did manage to find several great ideas and concepts that relate to libraries.Â I’d like to share these with you, in no apparent order. Continue reading 10 Takeaways from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference for Librarians→
OverDrive announced today the public beta release of an audiobook app for Blackberry smartphones. This app enables the wireless download of mp3 audiobooks from over 10,000 libraries, barnesandnoble.com, booksonboard.com, or borders.com.Â To download the app, visit http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc.Â The full press release is available on the OverDrive site.
PubFactory is an online publishing platform for publishers or libraries that is xml based, and supports ePub, DocBook, TEI, and NLM Journal formats.Â They also support ONIX and RDF for metadata and PDF (metadata and full text searching/viewing).Â Continue reading PubFactory→
Your job as a publisher is to do things for authors that they can’t do for themselves.
Remember what you really do, it may not be the cool/sexy stuff, it’s the boring stuff and you have to be good at those things in this era. Â If not, someone else will take your place. Continue reading TOC – Tim O’Reilly Keynote→
TOC -Â Rethinking The Role and Funding of Academic Book Publishing – Frances Pinter (Bloomsbury Academic), Feb. 24
Creating quality content is not without cost. Â Frances discussed publishing monographs in academia, which is an endangered species. Â print runs for academic books have been on a major decline. She focused on the SS and H (Social Science and Humanities) where the book form is still preferred over journal articles (unlike the sciences). Â She offered a very interesting proposition to support an open access model for academic monograph publishing, supported by library budgets. Â I hope Frances presents this to library audiences, because it’s worth thinking about and considering. Â Libraries want open access, have declining budgets, and like to collaborate. Â Her model addresses all of these factors. I’ll try to get her slides or check with her about an audio interview. Continue reading TOC – Rethinking the Role and Funding of Academic Book Publishing→
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