Stress Test for a Healthy Ebook

Michael Pastore at Epublishers Weekly blog posted a stress test for ebooks.  His test gives points to ebooks for the ability to complete tasks, like sharing with friends, converting, and printing.  The full test is on the blog, check it out.

Here’s the intro material:  How healthy is your ebook? … Is your ebook free, flexible, strong (long lasting) and brimming with useful features? … Or is your ebook feature-challenged, a hapless prisoner of one specific device, format, or content protection system?

There is much debate about ebook pricing; there should be much more talk about ebook value. A free and healthy ebook is worth much more than a feature-reduced ebook.

Webinar – 21st Century Reference Collections

Reference Books Bulletin (Booklist) will host a webinar on the 21st century reference collection on January 12th.  Register online for this free event.

Here is the description of the event:

Reference collections are changing, driven by technology and new patterns of use. Join Booklist’s Mary Ellen Quinn, Editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a group of library and publishing experts as they talk about how the traditional reference collection is being transformed. Panelists include David A. Tyckoson, Associate Dean, California State University Henry Madden Library; and representatives from Encyclopaedia Britannica, M. E. Sharpe, World Book, and ABC-CLIO.

Webinar Summary- Consumer Book Trends 2009 – Hosted by Bowker & AAP

Attended the Bowker/AAP webinar on consumer book trends for 2009.  This focused on Q3 numbers in 2009 with a close look at 2 user groups -  18 – 29 year old males and 30 – 40 year old females.  My notes are below, pardon the typos, was typing fast and furious to catch the data.

the Speakers:

  • Tina Jordan, VP AAP – moderator
  • Kelly Gallagher, VP Publishing Services, Bowker – speaker

Bowker announced yesterday that 1/3 Americans cutting down on book purchases Continue reading Webinar Summary- Consumer Book Trends 2009 – Hosted by Bowker & AAP

Gale Announces New iPhone Application

From a Gale/Cengage Press Release:

Gale Announces New iPhone Application
Library research? There’s an application for that!

Farmington Hills, Mich., Dec. 16, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of the AccessMyLibrary (AML) mobile application for the iPhone – making access to library research just a click away on a mobile phone.  Continue reading Gale Announces New iPhone Application

New Articles of Interest

Bill Clinton Pens New Britannica Article on Dayton Accords

IDPF elections: Faster e-book standards-making expected—given BOTH presidential candidates’ platforms

Springer Group, Second-Leading STM Publisher, Sold by/to Private Equity Firms – 12/11/2009 – Library Journal

Canadian Private School Switches to Sony e-Readers   – 12/9/2009 8:28:00 AM – Publishers Weekly

Baker & Taylor Acquires Blackwell North America, Will Merge into YBP – 12/7/2009 – Library Journal

DailyLit now completely FREE

Just saw this news on one of my RSS feeds, so I went to the DailyLit site to verify.  Sure enough, it’s free.  Thanks Susan!  The press release is below.  If you aren’t familiar with DailyLit, I did a post about them a while back and also interviewed Susan Danziger, the CEO back in of 2008.

Continue reading DailyLit now completely FREE

AAP/Bowker Webinar on Consumer Book Buying – Dec. 16th

Wednesday, December 16th from 2 – 3 p.m. EST, AAP and Bowker will host a webinar on consumer book buying.  I attended a webinar back in October moderated and presented by Tina Jordan and Kelly Gallagher and it was really informative and well organized, both were excellent speakers.  The details of the webinar are below and registration is online. Continue reading AAP/Bowker Webinar on Consumer Book Buying – Dec. 16th

Patron Driven Purchasing Usage Study – Results Here

Jason Price and John McDonald from the Claremont University Libraries presented “Beguiled by Bananas: a retrospective study of the usage and breadth of patron vs. library acquired ebook collections” at the Charleston Conference this past November.  Some of the main points from the study were:

Are user-selected ebooks used less often than pre-selected ebooks?
No. User-selected ebooks are used ≈2-5x more often
Do user-selected ebooks have a narrower audience?
No. User-selected ebooks are used by ≈2-3x more unique users
Are user-selected collections less balanced by subject?
No.  User selected collections are similarly balanced.

The complete presentation, in pdf is here. If you’d like to see the notes, then click on this one instead.  Jason and John will also discuss their study in the Proceedings of the 29th Annual Charleston Conference.

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