Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time. Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and network about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing. While much of the information presented was for the publishing industry, I did manage to find several great ideas and concepts that relate to libraries. I’d like to share these with you, in no apparent order. Continue reading 10 Takeaways from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference for Librarians
TOC – Wednesday keynote – Who Needs You, Big Publishing? How Authors Can Own Al Rights and Make More Monday – Scott Sigler
- every word he’s every published is completely free, unabridged, everything – the whole story, he puts the decision process on the consumer to decide if his content is good enough for them to purchase
- he has his own website, facebook, twitter, mySpace, etc. – all with a good number of followers; constant connection with his audience which he can stay in front of
- His book ANCESTOR – put out in April of 2007
- he had already given it away for free, but it was now for sale online by a small Canadian publisher
- he topped the charts in his genre on Amazon
- this success has led to more books, more paperbacks, hardcovers, etc. Continue reading TOC- Who Needs You, Big Publishing?
Tools of Change – Lessons Learned from the Failure of Ebooks in 2000, and What They Mean to the Future of Electronic Publishing – Feb. 23
Michael Mace, Rubicon Consulting – firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t fall in love with the way you do business today because that will change.
- Barriers to eBook adoption
- Printed books may be the last things to get converted
- Economic structure of traditional publishing is unstable
- Be prepared Continue reading TOC – Lessons Learned from the Failure of Ebooks in 2000
**Note, this was recorded** info below. This Wednesday, Feb. 10th from 2PM — 3PM EST, Copyright Clearance Center’s Chris Kenneally will be hosting a special Beyond the Book live podcast (http://beyondthebookcast.com/live-webcast/) examining the eBook Wars, which are taking shape with MacMillan challenging Amazon and the rise of eReaders and the iPad. During the podcast, Chris and his panelists will look at all sides of the e-book story and what future battles may bring to the print and digital marketplace. The podcast will air live on BlogTalkRadio: http://bit.ly/drJipN
Joining Chris are:
· Andrew Albanese, features editor at Publishers Weekly;
· Sara Nelson, Books Editor, “O” Magazine;
· Brian O’Leary, Founder & Principal, Magellan Media Partners; and
· Mike Shatzkin, Founder & CEO, The Idea Logical Company, Inc.,
During the podcast, Chris will also be taking phone calls at 646-378-1949.
Yes it was recorded, you can listen here:http://beyondthebookcast.com/from-the-frontlines-of-the-ebook-wars/
Article in the NYTimes today about Amazon purchasing the start up company, Touchco, based in NY. Touchco’s touch screen technology is cheaper than the iPad/iPhone technology and is said to recognize an unlimited number of simultaneous touch points. Looks like Amazon is drawing the big guns. Rumor has it they have finally open up the Kindle to development for applications – about time. I’m thrilled with all of these new devices and technologies. First generation readers just didn’t do anything for my taste, so I’m very excited to see how the device of the future unfolds.
Wow, lots of good stuff going on these last couple of weeks.
Open Book Alliance Calls for Scrapping Google Settlement, with Public Guardian – 1/19/2010 – Library Journal
ALA 2010 Midwinter Meeting: Top Tech Trends Panel Focuses on End Users and Ebooks – 1/19/2010 – Library Journal
The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers conducted a survey of academic book publishers policies and practices in online publishing in 2009. The initial results of that survey are available (released in Oct. 09) with additional results to follow. More information can be found on the ALPSP site.
From the ALPSP site: The First Findings Summary (pdf) published on 13 October 2009 draws attention to:
* the size and extent of the forthcoming survey;
* the types of academic publishing currently being undertaken;
* the reported effect on sales of the ‘Look Inside’ function provided by Amazon;
* the number of publishers so far signed up to the Google Book Settlement;
* the proportion of eBooks published by commercial as against non-profit publishers.
I attended the Adobe eBook Platform webinar today. Some notes and thoughts are below:
Dave Dickson, Product Manager, was the primary speaker
Publishers want to produce eBooks in a single file format, but consumers want to purchase the eBook in the format of their choice
Adobe’s role – to be an enabler. Publishers author in either pdf or epub, use adobe’s content server 4 (pdf,epub) and deliver in either adobe digital editions or the reader mobile software for multiple devices. Continue reading Adobe eBook Platform Webinar
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)
Sat in on the EDUCAUSE webinar on the Google Book scanning project. The speakers were
Counsel, Library Copyright Alliance
Engineering Director, Google Book Search Continue reading The Google Book Scanning Project: Issues and Updates – EDUCAUSE Webinar Summary
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.
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
Articles linked from my delicious account this week include:
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
Is this fuel for the anti DRM fire or what?
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
These articles are all linked on the NSR home page in the delicious links.
I’ve bookmarked the following articles relating to eBooks on my delicious account. These are displayed on the NSR homepage as well.
Hotdog, someone has started a much needed plan to get eBooks part of the ILL program. According to a 6/10/09 LJ article, BYU Library has a pilot program wth 3 Kindles. They are circulating these kindles with a variety of very new titles, too new for ILL. Verbal permission was given from Amazon, nothing in writing. Highly recommended to speak with Amazon before you delve into loaning out Kindles. Check out the article for more details.