Summary of Tools of Change session, reprinted in full from Teleread.com by Paul Biba
Bill Godfrey (Elsevier), Rich Rothstein (HarperCollins Publishers), Andrew Savikas (Oâ€™Reilly Media, Inc.)Moderated by: Abe Murray (Google, Inc. )
Savikas: first foray in 1987. Stared with cd books and online books in 2001, which was first substantial digital presence. Wish is that Amazon would adopt epub as their standard. Digital is now about a decade for Oâ€™Reilly, and one of the biggest changes is that there are many more markets for digital products. Canâ€™t imaging what it will be like in 10 years. Book will not go away â€“ neither the package nor the long form narrative type of content. There will be a whole new category of new media that probably canâ€™t be called books any more. Over the last 100 years more and more layers built up between publishers and consumers and web is bringing us back to a more direct relationship. In his experience the interest in enhanced ebooks seems to come from the publishers more than it does from the reader. Now that books can know that they are being read this can lead to enhanced opportunities. Databases are prime examples for turning into enhanced books. Not convinced that advertising will be as much of the future of newspapers and magazines it has been in the passed. Newspapers have lost the monopoly of being a source of local information. There is what value and need for what newspapers provide, but the package is obsolete. Publishers should be taking a stronger role in advocating with the retailers and device makers. Big piece of the epub 3 revision is to support dynamic delivery to different devices. Continue reading TOC – Publisher CTO Panel, the future of ebook technology, TeleRead
Reprinted in full from One Librarian’s Perspective, by Tim Kambitsch, Director of the Dayton Metro Library.
It is fashionable to declared Digital Rights Management (DRM) dead. And maybe in the world of music it is. For eBooks in the library marketplace, however, DRM is alive and well. The book publishers who may be more conservative than the music industry in trying to protect their intellectual property are willing to stymie sales in electronic formats to maximize their sense of security.
In the ideal open-yet-market-driven eBook environment there won’t be DRM, but regardless of whether DRM lives on, the closed vertically integrated world of eBooks sales to libraries presents a bigger problem; it is that environment that needs to change. For libraries to both offer electronic collections and maintain their role of building collections for the long term we need a layered environment where the purchase of materials is separated from the where those purchased materials are hosted. Further, library patrons deserve distinct choices for the programs and devices they use for readings. Continue reading Opening the eBook Market
Very interesting blog post at ireaderreview.com on why Amazon will never work with libraries. Â The blog is not an official Kindle site, and the writer is portraying his views from a big business perspective, so keep this in mind before you shoot through the roof with anger, librarians. Â The comments are colorful as well, and worth a look. Â Let’s say this IS true, and Amazon will never work with libraries. Â Does this change your attitude toward loaning Kindles and buying content from Amazon to support the Kindles? Â If nook, SONY, Kobo, and others are better suited for library content, would you rather buy, loan and promote these devices in your library? I would.
My friend and colleague, Erik Christopher (@eBookNoir), recently wrote a two part article on lending eBooks for Publishing Perspectives. Â Cleverly titled, “Friends Romans, Librarians: Â Lend Me Your eBooks” (parts 1 and 2), Christopher discusses lending issues with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and OverDrive.
Friends, Romans, Librarians: Lend Me Your E-book (Part 1)
Last week I posted a very brief announcement about JSTOR and eBooks.Â I’ve since been emailed this more thorough press release.
January 11, 2011 â€“ New York, NY â€“ Five of the nationâ€™s leading university presses â€“ Chicago, Minnesota, North Carolina, Princeton, and Yale â€“ are at the forefront of a new effort to publish scholarly books online as part of the non-profit service JSTOR.Â Their books, representing ground-breaking scholarship across the humanistic, social, and scientific disciplines, are expected to be available in 2012. Continue reading “Books at JSTOR”
I attended this fabulous and informative session during the Charleston Conference on building an eReader collection by Aisha Harvey, Nancy Gibbs, and Natalie Sommerville of Duke University Libraries.Â I wanted to run my notes past the presenters first, to ensure accuracy, thus the tardiness of this post.
First and foremost, according to the librarians, the eReader lending program is a team approach and impacts every aspect of the way we build collections in libraries – access, selection, cataloging, ref, circ, etc.
Aisha Harvey, head of collections spoke first and provided an overview of the program. Â Details: Â began circ of kindles in January of this year, began with 18 kindles and then added 6 addition ones and 15 nooks. Â Kindle has 1:6 title distribution on the kindle. Â So, they call 6 kindles a “pod” and purchase multiple pods. Â Pay $10 per title and share with 6 devices, average of $2.00 per title. Continue reading Building an eReader Collection, the Duke University Library experience