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Free Webinar – eBooks’ real impact on the book publishing market

Digital Book World is offering a free webinar (sponsored by Aptara) next week, September 20th.  More info is below (from the website where you can register)

eBooks are the most dominant force in contemporary publishing, but skyrocketing consumer sales aside, what is their real impact on book publishers’ operations and bottom lines?

In this free WEBcast, we’ll reveal the results, trends, and best practices of eBook publishers as uncovered over the past two years in a three-survey series conducted by Aptara. What works and what doesn’t? From production techniques, preferred file formats and distribution channels, to enhanced eBooks and apps strategies, we’ll discuss how the findings correspond and differ across publishing market segments. In addition to sharing insight collected from over 1,300 publishers, we’ll talk with digital experts from both sides of the Atlantic to understand how digital publishing is evolving in the United States and Europe. Continue reading Free Webinar – eBooks’ real impact on the book publishing market

Articles of Interest

Sorry for the long list, I was out last week and didn’t get to post this.

News: The E-Reader Effect – Inside Higher Ed

Ten must-have iPad apps for readers, by Jane Litte | TeleRead

Kindle/Nook Touch comparison review | TeleRead

E-Readers and the Future of Reading: Notes from Florida

Nook WiFi and Kobo eReader Touch Edition assault the Amazon Kindle fortress: a chart — Engadget

Creating a New University Press « The Scholarly Kitchen

Cambridge University Press to recreate textbooks for iPad | TeleRead

Amazon Makes Move to Join Book Publishing Big Leagues — Tech News and Analysis

Aptara Signs Inkling For Digital Textbooks – eBookNewser

Back to the Future: The Changing Paradigm for College Textbooks and Libraries — Campus Technology

Barnes & Noble goes after Kindle with Nook Simple Touch Reader

E-book report: Nook is up, iPad still catching up – USATODAY.com

What Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) Does and Doesn’t Mean: An FAQ « The Scholarly Kitchen

An Ebook Pilot Project Tests Collaboration of Publishers and Libraries

Overdrive, Evernote now support the NookColor | The Digital Reader

The Kno Textbook App Hits The iPad

Go To Hellman: EPUB Really IS a Container

Google books settlement conference settles on more time to settle | TeleRead

Two studies released – Library Use of eBooks & eBook Impact on Publishers

There have been lots of surveys floating around about eBooks this past year.  Two of those surveys released results in the last couple of weeks.

The first was done by the Primary Research Group, Library Use of Ebooks, 2011 Edition. This is available for purchase ($89) and includes data on library spending and contracts for eBooks from specific vendors, aggregator and consortial purchasing of eBooks, how libraries are teaching patrons to use eBooks, cataloging and MARC records, audio book purchasing, ILL, how specific types/genres of books are used.  There is also significant information on eBook readers and libraries plans to purchase devices.   Respondent libraries are listed (Wright State University being one of them, thus I have a copy of the report), summary of main findings, numeric data from the entire sample, library type, and budget, and comments are all provided in the report. Continue reading Two studies released – Library Use of eBooks & eBook Impact on Publishers

eBooks 102 – From Print to Enhanced eBooks – Webinar

Aptara and Digital Book World are sponsoring a complimentary webinar on November 2nd on the development and production of eBooks.  The description from their website, where you can register,  is:

Enhanced eBooks and apps aren’t simple, natural extensions of their printed counterparts. They require a great deal of careful planning, due to differences in eReader capabilities and implementations, as well as complexities of the original publication.

Join us for a show-and-tell, of sorts, as we walk you through the development and production process from print to enhanced eBooks and apps.

Using a real life book as an example, we’ll review the key planning and execution considerations each step of the way. Continue reading eBooks 102 – From Print to Enhanced eBooks – Webinar

eBooks, apps, and print, – Free Webinar

Aptara and Gilbane Group Present
eBooks, Apps and Print?, How to Effectively Produce it All Together

TUESDAY • SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
11 AM EDT / 4 PM (16:00) GMT

You’ve committed to an eBook strategy for growth. Now what?

One of the most perplexing problems facing publishers is how to master the technology, workflow and format variables required to optimize eBook production, while still producing print and piloting Apps in parallel.  The solution lies in modifying your publishing processes to enable cost-effective, multi-channel output.

In this 60 minute complimentary webinar, eBook and industry experts from Gilbane Group and Aptara describe an approachable single content strategy for achieving production flexibility and monetizing content assets in an explosive, mobile-centric market. Continue reading eBooks, apps, and print, – Free Webinar

Webinar Summary eBooks vs. Apps: Pros, Cons, and Possibilities

I attended the Digital Book World/Aptara webinar today -eBooks vs. Apps:  The Pros, Cons, and Possibilities.  My notes are below, summarizing the content.  Very interesting webinar and some really good content, eye opening for a librarian to see what features are being discussed for enhanced ebooks, brings back memories of interfaces past and present.  Slides are available – definitely look at the comparison chart, discussed below.

Speakers: Eric Freese, Pablo Defendini and Peter Costanzo; Moderator:  Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

enhanced ebooks – are easier to develop because it the preparation of a data file, usually less expensive,  based on a standard,  interoperable because they are built on EPUB, but some vendors will wrap DRM around them making them slightly inoperable.

apps – are programs specifically written for a platform and interoperability cannot be guaranteed; easier for the functionality to be successful by it required custom development expertise. Continue reading Webinar Summary eBooks vs. Apps: Pros, Cons, and Possibilities

Google Editions: What We Know (and Don’t Know)

Eric Freese, and Aptara Solutions Architect, wrote an article for the Digital Book World blog yesterday, “Google Editions:  what we know and don’t know.”  In this article he discusses content, platforms, partners, EPUB, price, and the possibility of a “gpad” type tablet in the future.  Unfortunately, as the title suggests, there is much we don’t know about Google Editions, but the article is still a great summary.

Free WebCast – eBooks vs. Apps: The Pros, the Cons, the Possibilities

eBooks vs. Apps: The Pros, the Cons, the Possibilities – a free webcast sponsored by Aptara, a community partner of Digital Book World.

Between the overwhelming popularity of the iPad and the increased adoption and continuing evolution of ePub, the opportunities and sales channels for digital books have exploded over the past 12 months.  Most publishers agree that some ebook titles justify the extra investment for enhancement, but determining the degree of interactivity and technical approach best-suited to the book and your budget can be daunting.  In this free WEBcast, Ebooks vs. Apps: The Pros, Cons, and Possibilities, we will explore the production and budgetary benefits and pitfalls of developing applications versus enhancing ebooks. Continue reading Free WebCast – eBooks vs. Apps: The Pros, the Cons, the Possibilities

eBook Survey for Publishers

Aptara Corp. conducted a survey recently about eBooks, uncovering their impact on the publishing market.  The results were shared with the community.  They are now offering a 2nd survey on eBooks, documenting the evolving impact of eBooks.  It’s 19 questions for publishers about the type/number of titles produced each year and your involvement in eBook publishing, ROI, file types, eReaders, and more.  If you are interested in participating, the survey is available here. They recommend using IE for best results.

Free Webinar for Publishers/Content Providers

Aptara is sponsoring a complimentary webinar called “Exactly What NOT to do When Making the Move From Print Publishing to New Media.”  It will be held on Thursday, June 17th at 2 p.m. EDT.  Register online.

Key topics include:

  • managing, delivering content more efficiently
  • evaluating XML tools
  • keeping authors happy
  • coming out ahead of digital technology curve
  • making tools work for you

Free eBook webinar – Paving the Way for E-Book Production and Beyond

Aptara is sponsoring a free eBook webinar, “Paving the Way for E-Book Production and Beyond: A Practical Approach to Digital First,” on May 4th at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  More information is available on their website. Here is a brief description of the content. Continue reading Free eBook webinar – Paving the Way for E-Book Production and Beyond

Publishers speak up about eBooks – Aptara Survey Results

Aptara just released the results of a survey to more than 300 publishers about eBooks.  The three most insightful results according to Aptara are:

  • Those who are publishing eBooks are forgoing substantial revenue by vastly limiting their potential readership
  • most publishers are using their own eCommerce sites and not taking advantage of major distribution channels that provide access to the largest available audiences of digitally savvy consumers most publishers are creating
  • eBooks that cannot be read on most mobile devices

Webinar: Tricks of the ‘Trade’ – How to Move to Digital First Content Production

I received an email about an upcoming webinar sponsored by Aptara.  It will be on Thursday, March 11th.  More details are on the Aptara site.  Here is a summary of the webinar taken from the invite:

In today’s digital-centric world, the new market leaders certainly won’t be those offering traditional content products through traditional channels.  From Kindle to iPhone to iPad, eBooks are a path to vastly more effective mobile content delivery.   And whether you produce trade and consumer publications, textbooks, technical white papers, or product user guides − as technology rapidly enables more intelligent, interactive content  − new strategies are required to bring products to market faster, more profitably, and in a way that future-proofs your publishing efforts.

In this interactive 60-minute webinar, content strategist Scott Abel, aka The Content Wrangler, will lead an insightful and lively discussion between intelligent content management maven Ann Rockley and digital publishing innovator Dev Ganesan.  These three industry experts will discuss key challenges and offer practical solutions for implementing intelligent content strategies and optimizing publishing operations.  Learn how to transition from traditional methods to innovate and profit from this new age of digital publishing.

Digital Book 2009: An eBook Stimulus Plan for Publishing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michael Smith Executive Director International Digital Publishing Forum 905-235-4373 msmith@idpf.org

Digital Book 2009: An eBook Stimulus Plan for Publishing

NYC Conference to focus on booming eBook business and winning commercial models

New York, NY April 06, 2009: The Association of American Publishers (AAP) reported last week that eBook sales represent the fastest growing segment of the industry while US book sales are in decline across all major book publishing markets.  To promote eBook commercial success for booksellers, publishers, authors, and distributors the International Digital Publishing Forum (www.IDPF.org) will host its annual spring educational seminar on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City.  Added to this fast-paced “best practices” conference will be a half-day workshop to be held on the afternoon of Monday, May 11, 2009.   Please see www.idpf.org/digitalbook09

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