New articles of interest

OCLC study on characteristics of books in the public domain

Elgan: 7 reasons why e-book readers make lousy gifts this year

Will textbooks be the biggest e-reader market in five years?

Revised Google Book Search Settlement from a Library Perspective | Disruptive Library Technology Jester

HathiTrust offers full-text search of millions of digitized books and journals

eBook ISBN Survey

The International ISBN Agency is asking folks to take a 4 question survey about ISBN’s and their relation to eBooks.  For more information, visit the agency’s website. A document from Brian Green, the Executive Director, explaining the need for the survey is linked from the Resource Shelf blog.  Not sure why is wasn’t prominently on the International ISBN website.  Here is a brief statement about the survey with a link.

“Requirements for separate identification of different e-book versions
The International ISBN Agency is trying to establish requirements and the simple 4-question survey is designed to assess both the real needs of users and the ability of publishers to satisfy them.  We would be grateful for your response.”

Brian Green
International ISBN Agency

EBL’s new patron interface ready for testing

From an EBL press release:

ImageEBL’s new patron interface is now ready for it’s final stages of testing. We’ve created a preview account where we encourage customers to login, test the new interface, and email all feedback to . The interface will be going live December 15th, 2009.

As well as a fresh, clean, brand new look, you’ll notice that the new EBL Patron Interface also has the following new features:

  • * Bookshelf: access current loans, collections, and recently accessed titles from a centralized location.
  • * Collections: add and organise titles in “My Collections”.
  • * Bookmarks: access and export patron ebook notes without having to enter the ebook itself, and bookmark ebooks at page level.
  • * Search Result Filtering: filter down search results at the click of a button, by Publication Date, Publisher, Category or Language.
  • * Metadata Hyperlinking: link to similar titles in the EBL catalog using LCCH, Dewey, LCCN, Author or Category hyperlinking.

As this is a beta testing period, please keep in mind you may notice further enhancements, fixes and tweaks to the interface while testing is in progress. Also, during this testing period, we’ve disabled the “Help/Feedback” function while we finalise functionality and assess just how intuitive the patron experience is. Continue reading EBL’s new patron interface ready for testing

Professional/Scholarly ebooks account for more than 3 times the rest of the US ebook market combined

PSP’s Scholarly Kitchen blog posted the results of a study done by Al Greco, Professor of Marketing at Forham’s School of Business.

“According to Greco, book publishing (print and electronic) in the US is a $35 billion dollar industry. This year, he forecasts that ebooks will account for 5% of that revenue, or $1.76 billion. Of that $1.76 billion, trade books account for 8.6%, or $151 million; K-12 accounts for 8.1% ($143 million); higher education accounts for 6.9% ($122 million); and university presses account for 0.4% ($7.7 million). Professional and scholarly publishing titles represent 75.9% of the US ebook market, or $1.33 billion.” The full story can be read at Scholarly Kitchen.

Interactive Online Reference – Survey Results & Charleston Presentation

Last month I posted a link to a survey about interactive online reference features.  The survey was used to gauge the interest in 30 different interface features, ranging from video and sound to course packs, Web 2.0 features, and sharing materials.  The results of the survey were used during a presentation at the Charleston Conference on November 6, 2009.  The presentation was titled “Interactive Online Reference” and was presented by Tom Beyer from iFactory and myself.  The slides from our presentation are available here, and do include the results of the survey.  Overall, the respondents favored all 30 features, as everything received greater than 50% approval.  But, there were definite favorites, which are listed.  During our presentation, we used audience response systems to tally the interest of the attendees.  The results of those impromptu surveys are also included in the slides.

The January 2010 Booklist will include a summary of the presentation and survey in my Off The Shelf column (which I will post of course), and the full paper will be available in the 29th Annual Charleston Conference Proceedings sometime in 2010.   If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


SpringerMaterials to launch this month

Received this press release via email.

Springer launches SpringerMaterials at London Online Information 2009
New database for material scientists, physicists, chemists and engineers will encompass all 400 volumes of Landolt-Börnstein

Springer Science+Business Media has announced the launch of SpringerMaterials – The Landolt-Börnstein Database ( It is the world’s largest content platform of selected and critically assessed data in all areas of physical sciences and engineering. The breadth and depth of information is exhaustive: 91,000 online documents, 165,000 substances and materials systems, 3,000 properties and more than one million literature references. SpringerMaterials is the most comprehensive and timely resource of data in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering on the market.
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new blog interview with authors of ARL Spec Kit on eBooks

Today I had a great conversation with Cathy Anson, Director of Sponsored Research and Ruth Connell, Head Collection Management and Systems Administration, Grasselli Library at John Carroll University.  They are the researchers behind the ARL Spec Kit 313 – E-book Collections.  Cathy and Ruth discussed the survey findings, including the biggest surprises and some notable quotes.  Publishers and vendors, I highly recommend listening to the interview, and reading the Spec Kit.

You can find the blog interview on the NSR interviews page.

New articles of interest

Here’s one in the NYT – Cell Phone Apps Challenge the Rise of eReaders

Publishing Point meeting with Michael Healy, Executive Director, Book Rights Registry

Trial of e-textbook business models to start in UK

Samuelson Says She Has Same Pricing, Privacy Concerns About Google Settlement – 11/18/2009 – Library Journal

E-books go to college, but books still rule the campus, not Kindle — DailyFinance

Universities Boycott Amazon’s Kindle DX

Press Review+: Google Book Search Revised Settlement (2.0) Released; What About Libraries? « ResourceShelf

4 Principles for E-book Discovery & Visability

Here is another blog post from Sylvia Miller, Director of “Publishing the Civil Rights Movement” at the University of North Carolina Press, summarizing a Charleston Conference presentation.  It is reprinted with permission.  (Thanks Sylvia, you are making my job easy!)

At the Charleston Conference, I attended an all-day preconference workshop on e-books organized by Sue Polanka of Wright State University (who runs the blog No Shelf Required), Carolyn Morris of Coutts Information Services, and Janet Fischer of Publishers Communication Group, Inc. I was especially impressed with the final talk of the day, given by Anh Bui of HighWire Press, Stanford University–probably because she said things that support the ideas in our Long Civil Rights Movement online pilot!
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eBook Readers and Standards, where to next? webinar summary

I attended the eBook Readers and Standards, where to next? webinar today.  My notes (done real time, please excuse typos) are below.

Speakers:  SarahRotman Epps, Forrester Analyst and Michael Smith, IDPF Executive Director Continue reading eBook Readers and Standards, where to next? webinar summary

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