DOJ Response to the Google Book Settlement

Lots of news and blog sites are reporting on the Dept. of Justice response to the Google Book Settlement.

Teleread has a simple summary, referring folks to the 32 page DOJ official response, Resource Shelf summarizes a variety of news sources, and for a simple overview, see the DOJ Press Release.   The DOJ suggests the parties involved consider several changes to the agreement including:

  • imposing limitations on the most open-ended provisions for future licensing,
  • eliminating potential conflicts among class members,
  • providing additional protections for unknown rights holders,
  • addressing the concerns of foreign authors and publishers,
  • eliminating the joint-pricing mechanisms among publishers and authors, and,
  • whatever the settlement’s ultimate scope, providing some mechanism by which Google’s competitors can gain comparable access.

50 Benefits of eBooks

Michael Pastore of Zorba Press has released a revised edition of his benefits of eBooks title.  The new title – 50 Benefits of Ebooks – is available now in .pdf form and soon in EPUB and paperback for the very small price of $2.00.

I like benefit #13 – Ebooks Are Cheaper to Buy

In this entry, Michael predicts “Ebook prices will plummet! Or I will eat this ebook”   I hope so Michael.  But if they don’t, what condiment will you put on those bits and bytes?       gulp. Continue reading 50 Benefits of eBooks

Credo Reference adds new content

From a Credo Reference press release:

Hundreds of encyclopedias added to Credo’s award-winning reference platform this year.  Enhanced platform provides even more value for researchers

Boston and Oxford, (September 16, 2009) — It’s been a year since Credo Reference, the award winning online reference library, released its new platform, raising the standard for how online reference services should work for libraries. Since then, Credo has substantially expanded the academic content available on the platform, all at no additional cost for Credo Unlimited customers. Continue reading Credo Reference adds new content

Recent Articles

Academics, ProQuest, Networks Object to Google Settlement – 9/10/2009 – Library Journal

At Congressional Hearing, Register of Copyrights Slams Google Settlement – 9/10/2009 – Library Journal

So, Can Google Use OCLC Records? Yes, But – 9/10/2009 – Library Journal

This Could Be the Year of Digital Textbooks, if Students Accept Them

The Last Library Is Greater than Google | Peer to Peer Review – 9/3/2009 – Library Journal

When Every Student Has a Kindle | From the Bell Tower – 9/3/2009 – Library Journal

Google, “The Last Library,” and Millions of Metadata Mistakes – 9/3/2009 – Library Journal

Library Groups Step Up Criticism of Google Settlement; Some Academic Institutions Support It – 9/3/2009 – Library Journal

10 most pirated ebooks – not what you think!

The Daily Utah Chronicle – Student association urges U to put more textbooks online

OverDrive Releases Digital Audiobook Application for Windows Mobile(R)

A press release from Overdrive, September 9, 2009

First in a Series of Mobile Apps for Over-the-Air Downloading From Booksellers and Libraries

(Cleveland, OH) – September 9, 2009 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of digital audiobooks and eBooks to libraries and retailers, announced the release of the first in a series of free digital book applications for mobile devices. OverDrive® Media Console(TM) for Windows Mobile® (http://overdrive.com/software/omc) enables users with Windows Mobile phones to wirelessly download audiobooks, music, and video to their devices and play the titles with the same superior navigation features of OverDrive’s desktop software. To view a list of supported devices including Sprint Palm Treo(TM), AT&T Samsung Jack(TM), and Verizon HTC Touch Pro(TM), visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/devices/default.mspx.
Continue reading OverDrive Releases Digital Audiobook Application for Windows Mobile(R)

Interview with Erik Christopher, Blackwell

Spoke with Erik Christopher, Digital Services Sales Manager at Blackwell about their Collection Manager System for eBooks.  Blackwell is partnered with EBL, ebrary, and Ingram Digital.

For more information on this product, I’ve attached a pdf of Blackwell’s Collection Manager.  The top of the first page is white, so keep scrolling.

Charleston Conference – eBook preconference program

Here is an update on the eBook preconference planned for the Charleston Conference on November 4th.

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

eBooks: Not Just Another Binding

Cost: $125

Speakers: Lisa Sibert, Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, The UC Irvine Libraries; Lindsey Schell, University of Texas – Austin, Anne Behler, Information Literacy Librarian, Penn State University; Cynthia Cleto, Global eProduct Manager, eBooks, Springer Science+Business Media, eProduct Management+Innovation; Mike Morgan, President and CoFounder, Morgan Claypool; Emilie Delique and Randy Petway, Publishers Communication Group, Rich Rosy, Ingram Digital, Anh Bui, Highwire Press.

eBooks are not just another binding. As with any new technology, librarians and publishers are discovering many challenges in implementing eBooks. This full day pre-conference will explore several of these challenges including: eBook standards, including epub, DRM, interface features, and archiving; eBook readers and their use by aggregators and libraries; workflow issues in libraries like approval plans, catalog records; eBook economics including business models and transitioning from P to E; and the issues surrounding discoverability and visibility of eBooks..

Comments on Google Book Search Settlement Coming to a Head (Again)

Ah, it is the beginning of September when thoughts turn to going back to school, the days turn a little colder (in the northern hemisphere) and the smell of lawsuit briefs is in the air. Well, okay the latter might not be what you expect, but this is a special September, after all. Postponed from MayL1, the deadline for filing comments in the Google Book Search settlement is coming up. And everyone is weighing in (“again” for some) on the details of the settlement. A couple of highlights.

The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)L2 again offered its support for the settlement, if only the court would promise to extend vigorous oversight of pricing and privacy practices of Google and the Books Rights Registry. This came in the form of a supplemental filingL3 to the briefL4 the three organizations filed in MayL5 (just prior to the first comment deadline). Continue reading Comments on Google Book Search Settlement Coming to a Head (Again)

New ABC-CLIO/Greenwood eBook Interface

Got a chance to beta test the new ABC-CLIO/Greenwood interface this week – Digital Collections.  It’s a nice looking interface, easy to navigate with pleasant layout, colors, fonts, etc.  Basic/advanced/browse searching of over 6,200 titles.  They have some cool features too – cite this source ( I still need to check the citations against versions of MLA – 7th and APA – 6th), bookmarks, notes, user profile, RSS feeds, institutional branding, and an admin module.  I really like the self serve MARC record download.  Did a quick glance at the MARC records which look pretty good – didn’t see the blatant errors that some publishers are dolling out with their “free” MARC records.  Printing and emailing available, but number of pages or total content to be printed was not consistent for each title.  Although, I don’t think any eBook interface has gotten this one right yet 😉 ABC-CLIO still has several features in the works for integration in a later release which include:  collection and order management tools, statistics tracking, printing upgrades, image searching, and jumping to specific pages.  I asked for a “back to search results” option and a “permalink” for the persistent url.  They have persistent url’s in place for titles and some chapters/articles, but you currently have to copy/paste the url from the address bar.  Another cool feature is the easy click to increase/decrease font size.  Those of you who are Greenwood Digital Collection customers should see the automatic switchover to the new interface on September 17th.    See the press release below for more info. Continue reading New ABC-CLIO/Greenwood eBook Interface

The Google Book Scanning Project: Issues and Updates – EDUCAUSE Webinar Summary

Sat in on the EDUCAUSE webinar on the Google Book scanning project.  The speakers were

Jonathan Band
Counsel, Library Copyright Alliance
Dan Clancy
Engineering Director, Google Book Search Continue reading The Google Book Scanning Project: Issues and Updates – EDUCAUSE Webinar Summary

AMA eBook Strategy

In an August 25th press release the American Medical Association announced it’s eBook strategy.  They launched an eBook portal, hosted on iPublishCentral from Impelsys.  The platform will allow publishers to provide both formats – e and p to users.  Apparently the platform will have the look/feel of the traditional pages of the print book, but with value added features like access anywhere, searching, bookmarking, and “user personalization.”

New articles of interest

The Daily Utah Chronicle – Student association urges U to put more textbooks online

Open Book Alliance, ULC, Others Want Changes in Google Settlement – 8/27/2009 – Library Journal

Sony releases Mac eBook Library Software

Google book scanning project gains three major tech opponents — latimes.com

Public library e-book survey tells why OverDrive is on top

E-textbook Mania Strikes Higher Ed | From the Bell Tower – 8/20/2009 – Library Journal

Some numbers on popularity of ereaders

Infobase Publishing Acquires World Almanac Brand

Infobase Publishing Acquires Iconic World Almanac Brand

New York, NY (September 1, 2009)Infobase Publishing announced today that it has acquired the World Almanac imprint from Weekly Reader Publishing Group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

World Almanac’s long and storied history as a publisher of award-winning reference titles dates back to 1868. Most notably, The World Almanac and Book of Facts® has become the best- selling American reference book of all time with more than 80 million copies sold. The imprint also includes such popular and best-selling titles as The World Almanac for Kids® and The World Almanac Book of Records®. Continue reading Infobase Publishing Acquires World Almanac Brand

Libraries, are you feeling the love?

As was reported earlier, Sony and Overdrive have partnered to promote library e-book collections.  Sony seems to be embracing the library world as its competitive edge.  Why would one want to buy a Kindle and then have to buy content when you can buy a Sony and borrow much content for free?

It’s unlikely that Amazon will be interested in integrating the Kindle with library e-book collections, since the purpose of the Kindle is  to act as a mobile storefront.

It’s been interesting to read blog comments related to the announcement.  There’s a lot of love out there for libraries, and, it seems, a lot of potential customers who are interested in the remote use of library e-collections.

A large part of the integration of Sony and Overdrive is the “Library Finder” feature linked from the Sony Ebook Store.  I’m rather disappointed in the execution of the service.  Instead of being able to search for a title and see which libraries have it, which you can do from the Overdrive site, you first have to search for a local library and then search for a title.

I’m hoping for a Sony integration partner on the academic market side.  There are academic e-book vendors who support the epub format who would be a natural fit for Sony integration.  In the library where I work we’re planning to circulate Sony Readers to support our EBook Library collection.

The Sony press conference was held at New York Public Library.  I’m still trying to figure out if the partnership with NYPL goes beyond the use of the Overdrive collection.  If any NSR readers have some insight please post a comment.

eReference Platforms – The good and bad features

I spent Monday with several librarians in a discussion on the future eReference platform.  I’m referring to products like Credo, GVRL, Sage Reference Online, Oxford Scholarship Online, etc.  Our discussion revolved around platform features, good features and not so good features.  I’m going to list some highlights of the discussion below, but would really like to have input from others about features you and your end users want and expect. Continue reading eReference Platforms – The good and bad features

Swetswise Webinar Summary

I attended a Swets webinar about efficiently acquiring R & D eBooks for the library.  I got a quick glance at the Swets interface, due to launch this January.  They will have eBook title metadata and TOC loaded with ISBNs (and ISBN13) from a variety of publishers (no list available just yet).  Search features look simple enough (quick/advanced) as do the ordering features (shopping cart).  Vendors for particular titles and/or collections were listed with a set price for “one-off” purchases (title by title) and collections.  They offered concurrent user purchases (3, 8, 10, etc.) with a set price for each option which is quite nice.   A participant asked about archiving/perpetual access to eBooks she purchases.  Swets answer – publishers decide if books are available as a subscription or perpetual access.  Those that offer perpetual access, the publisher will host the eBooks perpetually. Can you get a copy for yourself or for a 3rd party to host? – that’s up to the publisher.  Doesn’t sound like Swets will be in the archiving business, but then they aren’t hosting the content, the publishers are.  I asked about MARC records, mentioning the lack of quality of freely available MARC records provided with eBook purchases.  Again, that is the publishers, they provide the MARC records from a variety of sources……let’s just hope the publishers follow the existing MARC standards. Continue reading Swetswise Webinar Summary

Notebooks preferred to Readers for eTextbooks, highlights of the EDUCAUSE webinar on eTextbooks at NWMSU

I sat in on the EDUCAUSE webinar today on the eTextbook pilot project at NW Missouri State University.  Some background:

NWMS University has been purchasing textbooks for their students for the last 100 years!  They also provide notebook PC’s to students for a rather small fee.  Testing the eTextbook plan with the SONY Reader was the logical next step.  The pilot was last Fall.  The campus library is a separate function on campus, they were not involved in this project.  The presenters will be speaking at the EDUCAUSE conference in Denver this fall. Continue reading Notebooks preferred to Readers for eTextbooks, highlights of the EDUCAUSE webinar on eTextbooks at NWMSU

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