The Future of the Book – From One Perspective

Britannica’s Michael Ross (also on the NSR Advisory Board), has an interesting blog post of the future of the book.  It is a summary of his thoughts and impressions from attending two book related conferences “down under.”  The article appears on the Britannica blog.  Michael discusses some eBook readers and devices, copyright, green thinking, and the overall impressions of younger Australians towards eBooks.

Side note, I love the “steal this widget” tactic on Britannica’s blog.  Widgets are in.

UM to sell digitized books on Amazon

First Google, now Amazon, UM has certainly got connections.  They announced this week a plan to offer book reprints for sale on Amazon as reprints on demand.  According to their press release,”The University of Michigan will make thousands of books that are no longer in copyright — including rare and one-of-a-kind titles — available as reprints on demand under a new agreement with BookSurge, part of the Amazon.com group of companies.  The agreement gives the public a unique opportunity to buy reprints of a wide range of titles in the U-M Library for as little as a few dollars. As individual copies are sold on Amazon.com, BookSurge will print and bind the books in soft-cover form.” Continue reading UM to sell digitized books on Amazon

Infobase Publishing Launches Widgets

Infobase Publishing (Facts on File, Chelsea House, Ferguson Publishing) has just launched search widgets for their eBook platform.  See the press release here.

The widgets search only the eBook content that your institution has access to.  From the press release, “Infobase Publishing is pleased to
announce the launch of our new account-specific eBook Search Widgets, designed to expand access and promote usage within your institution. These customized Search
Widgets will allow users to search all the eBooks to which you have access from Infobase Publishing.”

Amazon yanks content

Is this fuel for the anti DRM fire or what?

Teleread.org – You really DON’T own your Amazon ebooks

Posted: 17 Jul 2009 06:43 AM PDT

Got this email from John Hagewood and it just had to be shared with you:

Weirdness in Kindle-land:

this morning I got an email from Amazon saying:

We’re writing to confirm that we have processed your refund for
$0.99 for the above-referenced order.

The total refund amount will be credited to your credit card in
3-5 business days.

The following is the breakdown of your refund:
Animal Farm by George Orwell. Published by MobileReference (mobi)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Continue reading Amazon yanks content

Charleston Conference – eBook preconference program

The Charleston Conference has announced their pre-conference program. There is one on eBooks – Wednesday, November 4th.

eBooks: Not Just Another Binding

Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $125

Speakers: Keith Powell, Head of Acquisitions, The UC Irvine Libraries ; Lisa Sibert, Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, The UC Irvine Libraries; and Holly Tomren, Electronic Resources and Metadata Cataloger and Interim Head, Monograph Cataloging, The UC Irvine Libraries; Other speakers TBA – but will include representatives from Springer,Ingram Digital, and the Publishers Communication Group. Continue reading Charleston Conference – eBook preconference program

ISTC – International Standard Text Code

Last Friday at the NISO/BISG forum on changing standards I heard a presentation by Andy Weissberg at Bowker on the ISTC standard.  This standard was adopted in March of 2009 and according to an ISTC press release, “The ISTC system provides a means of uniquely and persistently identifying textual works in information systems, and facilitates the exchange of information about such works between publishers, authors and authors associations, collective management organizations, libraries, search engines and others on an international level. The ISTC makes it possible to group products containing the same content, or even in some cases, different content with the same origins, together, optimizing their discoverability in search engines, retail and library cataloging systems. Continue reading ISTC – International Standard Text Code

eBook Standards – summary of NISO/BISG program

Last Friday at ALA I was part of a NISO/BISG panel on the changing standards landscape.  There were many speakers, each discussing various aspects of eBook standards like business models, ISBNs, epub, DRM, and the standards and features needed by librarians (which was my part).  I’ve summarized my presentation here and would welcome additional suggestions and ideas from librarians.  Sue Continue reading eBook Standards – summary of NISO/BISG program

Grzimek’s transformed to interactive, media-rich online product


A press release from Gale concerning Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia is below.  I suspect this transformation from multi-volume print sources to interactive subscription based “databases” will be the norm from here on.  I really hope they have animal sounds, you never know when you might need to have lions roaring in your office.

Farmington Hills, Mich., July 10, 2009 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the transformation of Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia into an interactive, media-rich online interface. This new digital version will be available this fall. Continue reading Grzimek’s transformed to interactive, media-rich online product

Booklist launches new reference blog

CHICAGOBooklist Online announces the addition of Points of Reference to its growing family of blogs. Mary Ellen Quinn and a team of front-line experts from academic, public and school libraries post about reference sources and trends in reference publishing and services. Continue reading Booklist launches new reference blog

New articles of interest

These articles are all linked on the NSR home page in the delicious links.

Espresso Book Machines: Lurch winning friends at Northshire Bookstore—whats next?

Michael Nielsen ” Is scientific publishing about to be disrupted?

The e-book wars: Google vs. Amazon vs. Apple—and how they may duke it out

Springer leaps ahead in academic e-book market

Arizona State Sued Over Kindle E-Textbook Usage – 7/2/2009 – Library Journal

Gale’s PowerSearch 2.0 launched with several new features


Farmington Hills, Mich., June 24, 2009 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of PowerSearch 2.0, an enhanced version of the original PowerSearch platform which provides the library community comprehensive access to authoritative reference, periodical and primary source information, providing greater “power to the user.”

PowerSearch 2.0 simplifies browsing through Gale’s more than 20,000 publications, providing the ability to search across more than 150 million documents. The new interface provides users a Web-like experience and includes added features that will appeal to and empower library patrons, students and other researchers. Continue reading Gale’s PowerSearch 2.0 launched with several new features

eBook Fair – 2 million free eBooks

The World eBook Fair runs from July 4th to August 4th, 2009.  The goal of the fair is to provide FREE public access to 2 million eBooks for one month.  Sponsors include Project Gutenberg, World Public Library, Ask.com, Internet Archive, and more. After the fair, readers may continue to access about 1/2 million ebooks for a small monthly fee, a subscription to the World Public Library.

Sage Handbooks Available on Sage Reference Online

Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, and Washington DC (June 29, 2009)SAGE announced today that the new SAGE Reference Online Handbook Collection, a set of 80 of its highest rated handbooks, digitized and hosted on the award-winning SAGE Reference Online platform, is now available for libraries worldwide. The first demos of the Handbook Collection will be given to attendees of the American Libraries Association meeting in Chicago, July 11-13. Continue reading Sage Handbooks Available on Sage Reference Online

ebrary offers new COUNTER compliant usage stats


June 29, 2009–Palo Alto, CA, USA–ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, today announced that it has developed new COUNTER-compliant usage statistics that make it easier for customers to view and analyze how e-books and other electronic materials are being used.  ebrary will showcase its new granular reports at ALA Annual (booth #5124), and anyone interested may sign up for a web demonstration at http://tinyurl.com/njoh9a .

Continue reading ebrary offers new COUNTER compliant usage stats

NSR blog off to Hong Kong

Greetings loyal (and first time) readers.  I’ll be in Hong Kong for the next couple of weeks vacationing and visiting libraries.  I hope to share information from my visits here on the NSR blog.  So, for the next couple of weeks please enjoy the brief tangent from eBooks and excuse the lack of eBook posts from me.  Everybody needs a vacation, right!

If you find eBook news you want to share, please email me at sue.polanka@wright.edu

Springer’s MyCopy Launches!

Pilot project successfully completed / Library users in the USA and Canada can order soft cover copies of Springer eBooks

Way to go Springer!  I loved this idea as a pilot, and love it even more now.  This is fantastic news for eBooks and end users.  I’ve never met an end user who didn’t want to push the print button on an eBook.  I wish you much success. sp Continue reading Springer’s MyCopy Launches!

Kirtas teams with OCLC to ease access to digital content

From Teleread.org

By Paul Biba

Picture 2.pngStill another digital deal being done. The more the merrier! From a press release I received from Kirtas:

Kirtas Technologies, the worldwide leader in bound-book digitization, and OCLC, a global online library service and research organization; have signed an agreement that will enable streamlined access to the ever-increasing numbers of digitized books to users of OCLC’s WorldCat and Kirtasbooks.com. Continue reading Kirtas teams with OCLC to ease access to digital content

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