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
From an Overdrive press release:
(Cleveland, OH) – August 12, 2009 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global digital distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries, announced today a joint marketing agreement with Sony Electronics, Inc., developer of the Sony Reader Digital Book (www.sony.com/reader). OverDrive and Sony will cross-market OverDrive’s library network and the Reader, the leading eBook device that is compatible with industry standard eBook formats offered by libraries. Continue reading Overdrive and Sony to cross-market
Short notice, but this one looks good and it’s FREE – EDUCAUSE E-Readers and E- Textbooks: Current Reality and Future Possibilities. Speakers include Jon T. Rickman and Roger Von Holzen from Northwest Missouri State University. Hopefully they will go into more detail on their pilot program, which was in an EduCause article earlier this year.
Abstract: This seminar will initially address the current state of e-reader devices and their functionality as platforms for the delivery of e-textbooks, as experienced by Northwest Missouri State University in its 2008–2009 pilot study. The presenters will then explore the full capabilities of e-textbooks for online, blended, and face-to-face classes, along with key practical considerations with respect to costs, infrastructure, and academic issues.
I recently posted about the ebrary 50% off ebook title sale, which included a few publishers. We’ll it’s grown now to include many more publishers. See the press release below and use the real-time link of publishers for the most accurate list. Continue reading 50% off ebook titles – more publishers added
An IDPF Press Release:
IDPF Launches EPUB Standards Maintenance Work
The EPUB standards are open and living specifications, rapidly gaining momentum. The members of the working group are committed to assisting with corrections and improvements to the EPUB standards that will lead to wider adoption and greater accessibility.
Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) August 16, 2009 — The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the standards and trade association for digital publishing, announced that the maintenance activities associated with the EPUB standards will start this month. The DAISY Consortium has stepped forward to provide leadership and resources to assist in the maintenance for the EPUB standards. The working group charter was unanimously approved by the IDPF membership. Continue reading EPUB maintenance to begin this month
Those of you with Blackwell Services, or interested in Blackwell Services, may want to consider attending one of their webinars on connecting electronic resources to ebook aggregators like ebrary, EBL, and Myilibrary. They have a webinar this Wednesday, August 19th to demonstrate the Infotools option in ebrary, at 11:00 PDT. Please contact Erik Christopher for more information or to set up a webinar on one of the other ebook platforms. Erik Christopher, Blackwell Digital Services Sales Manager 800-525-7964 email@example.com
I’ve resisted posting information about sales and specials from various publishers and aggregators for fear of favoritism, but this eBook deal is pretty good, crosses many publishers, and could save libraries lots of money (which is the main reason I’ll post it). If other aggregators have similar announcements, I’ll be glad to post those in order to be fair. Here are the details: Continue reading Attention Libraries – Discounted eBooks – backlist titles 50% off
Swets FREE Webinar- Finding your Way through the Maze of eBooks
As the eBooks world continues to expand to new levels, how can you be sure you are making the right resource choices for your library – and getting the best value? With so many purchase models and content to choose from, more budget constraints and far less time, Swets can help with your library’s eBook process.
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Be sure to tune in to the first of a series of FREE Swets informative Web sessions on SwetsWise eBooks, Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at 3 pm EST. Continue reading Free eBook Webinar
The IDPF released May statistics on eBook sales. They are up $197%, approximately 23 million in revenues. See the IDPF site for the detailed stats.
Have you tried out DailyLit? It’s a great ebook site that sends daily installments of books via email or RSS feed. Here are some tips and tricks they suggest. TIPS AND TRICKS ON DAILYLIT
Here are some useful tips you may not know that can help make DailyLit even easier to use:
Customize: You can completely customize the delivery date, time, format (HTML or plain-text), and length (normal, 2X, or 4X) of your installments. Click on “Advanced” while you’re signing up for a book or click on the “Manage Your Book Settings” link at the end of any installmentthen click on “More” next to the name of the book you want to edit.
Continue reading DailyLit Tips and Tricks
NYTimes article on Sony cutting eBook prices from 11.99 to 9.99.This is my favorite section: “Regarding the price cut for digital books, Mr. Haber said: “We have to offer value. It’s clear e-books should be less expensive than regular books, with the savings on printing and logistics getting passed on to the consumer.”and this is the worrisome part: “Book publishers will still retain their traditional cut of every e-book sale about half the hardcover retail list price. But they are concerned that as online retailers like Amazon and Sony gain market power, they will eventually tire of losing money on e-book sales and ask publishers for lower wholesale prices, a move that would cut into their profit margins.” To me this says less publishers and more publishing control by Amazon and Sony. Toss Google in that mix and we’ve got ourselves quite a trifecta.
Swets Charleston Conference Scholarship
Swets North America is pleased to announce it is offering a $1,000 scholarship to attend the 2009 XXIX Annual Charleston Conference, taking place November 4-7, 2009.
Please complete an essay of no more than 1,000 words on the following topic:
“Figuring out the eBooks Equation: Please describe the most important service or solution missing from current eBook models. What are the potential benefits of this solution?” Continue reading Scholarship for Charleston Conference? Write an eBook essay
Nicolas Baker, famous within libraries for Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper (2001), has written an article about the Kindle for the New Yorker. Not much surprising, general kvetching: the Kindle doesn’t work well with images, text to speach is not an audiobook, not every book is available, etc. but I think it is interesting to see ebooks capturing such a large part of the popular culture’s attention.
The only part I think Mr. Baker missed the mark was in the reader chat forum. A reader asks:
“Do you see e-readers, including the Kindle or even iPod, playing any role in libraries? Or perhaps can you foresee libraries having a role in providing content to such devices? Librarians have played a huge role in my reading life and I’m not ready to cede that role over to Amazon or bn.com at the moment.”
In his response, Mr. Baker mentions print on demand machines and then adds, “but if all books become electronic, the task of big research libraries remains the samekeep what’s published in the form in which it appeared.”
Library = warehouse
Listened in on a Kindle Loan program at the Handheld Librarian conference today. Panelists from university and public libraries discussed their current Kindle loan programs. Some highlights included:
- Each school had between 4 and 8 Kindles for loan, mostly Kindle 1 and 2
- Circulation staff handled the loan/fines and the downloading of titles
- Program started as an ILL service, asking patrons with ILL requests if they were open to using the Kindle/ebook (about 1/2 were willing to during the pilot) Continue reading Loaning Kindles
Great article in the EduCause Quarterly “A Campus-Wide E-textbook Initiative.” Authors, Jon T. Rickman, Roger Von Holzen, Paul G. Klute, and Teri Tobin describes the process that Northwest Missouri State University followed to transition from a textbook rental program to an eTextbook rental program. eBook Readers, Laptops, and the NMSU implementation plan are discussed in detail. Continue reading eTextbook Article from EduCause Quarterly
Attended a virtual conference today, “The Handheld Librarian.” There were two presentations on ebooks, one related to Kindles in libraries and the other on ebook devices. The latter, presented by Charlotte Johnson of Southern Illinois University, highlighted the resourceful LibGuide she has developed on ebook reading devices. It is available from the SIU Edwardsville site. She has a section for each major device including Sony Reader, Kindle, Apple iTouch/iPhone, Plastic Logic, iRex, and Augmented Reality.
iFactory is an web development company in Boston. They have developed Sage Reference Online, Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness, and several Oxford University Press products. NSR got to talk with Tom Beyer, Director of Publishing at iFactory about eBook interfaces and the future of eBooks.
NSR has a great new interview posted with Andy Weissberg, VP of Identifier Services and Corporate Marketing at Bowker. One of Andy’s tasks at Bowker is the ISTC, the International Standard Text Code. This interview discusses the ISTC, ISBN, and other standards which relate to the publishing industry (for ordering/selling/tracking) and for libraries. It’s a long interview, but well worth the time. Caution, lots of Acroynms 😉 During the interview Andy mentions his ALA presentation, which you can see here. For more information on the ISTC see their website.