NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), and OverDrive, the leading eBook platform for libraries, today announced a new partnership to enable public libraries to provide readers with access to hundreds of the most popular digital magazines and newspapers from the NOOK NewsstandÂ®. Utilizing OverDrive platforms integrated with library catalogs, library patrons in the U.S. and U.K. will be able to discover, access and read a huge selection of NOOK Newsstand titles on their NOOK tablet device and on tablets, smartphones and PCs via the suite of Free NOOK Reading Appsâ„¢. The new service is expected to roll out to customers in the coming months. Continue reading Nook and OverDrive partner to provide digital magazines and newspapers to libraries
Apple’s new in-app selling rules are in effect, requiring retailers to give Apple 30% of revenues from book sales.Â As a result, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Google Books have stopped selling books through their apps.Â SONY’s app was rejected back in February for the same reasons.Â There’s lots of news coverage, a few are linked below:
Sorry for the long list, I was out last week and didn’t get to post this.
On Tuesday, May 3rd I recorded a 15 minute segment for the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education on Think TV, the local public television station in Dayton, Ohio.Â My topic was the rise of digital textbooks and options available for students and faculty to access and produce textbooks and learning materials.Â Below is a snapshot of my general comments with links to various sources for more information.
Our current textbook system is broken.Â We have arrived at $200 textbooks and have students who cannot afford them.Â As a result, students try to borrow a textbook from the library or a friend (sometimes the older edition), purchase a used one, or go without.Â Neither of these options provides revenue to the publisher, thus resulting in higher price points in an effort to recover the costs or production.Â Â What can we do about this catch 22? Continue reading Digital Textbooks and Open Educational Resources – Summary of SOCHE Think TV session
Reprinted in full from PAFA.net – http://www.pafa.net/archives/3129
Lendle.me, one of the new and very popular ebook lending services, was shut down today. Amazon has pulled the plug on them. The API that connects them to the Amazon database has been revoked. According the a@lendleapp tweet, Amazon said Lendle doesnâ€™t â€œserve the principal purpose of driving sales of products and services on the Amazon site.â€ Other lending sites have also had their API pulled according to thisÂ statement from Lendle. Continue reading Amazon Pulls Plug on Lendle.me
From their press release:Â Springer eBooks can now also be purchased via Googleâ€™s eBookstore. Google currently holds the biggest collection of Springer eBooks with more than 52,000 books, which is a combination of physically scanned books published prior to 2006 and PDF file submissions since 2006. Springer adds 4,000 newly published titles per year.
Springer eBooks are also available on Amazon for the Kindle, and in the near future Barnes & Noble for the NookStudy.com platform, Kobo Books, B&T BLIO, Entourage and Appleâ€™s iBooks, which is now receiving books in the free and open ebook format ePub. Springer will soon also deliver books in ePub format to Amazon for the Kindle. Continue reading Springer eBooks now also available in the Google eBookstore
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
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.
Amazon Kindle E-Reader Sales Will Keep Growing in 2011: 10 Reasons Why – Mobile and Wireless – News & Reviews – eWeek.com
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
Barnes and Noble unveiled the nook color at their press conference today.Â The website has all the details on the $249.00 device.
Hot reads this week.Â Here’s a list of some good ones:
New from Bowker: Selection of Statistics from Consumer-Focused Research Report for Book Industry Â« ResourceShelf
The Book Industry Study Group, along with a variety of corporate sponsors, launched a study in late 2009 about consumer attitudes toward e-book reading.Â Consumers were asked a series of questions in Nov. 2009, Jan. 2010 and again in July 2010.Â Some initial results were released during a twitter #followreader discussion hosted by O’Reilly TOC.Â The following is an excerpt from the TOC post:Â (note that “library” is reported for 7% of ebook downloads) (after original post found out that Kelly from BISG said that library downloads are so much in their infancy they don’t have a large enough sample.Â They hope to do a survey soon regarding this.) Continue reading BISG Study – 7% of eBook downloads are from a library
Barnes & Noble’s nook study is now available for download for both PC’s and MACs.Â It’s a free software to assist with studying and comes with 50% off list price for digital textbooks, 1 millions eBooks and eTextbooks, 7 day free trial on ebooks.
Barnes and Noble for Sale.Â Â There’s a ton of articles on this already.Â Here are a few:
What will become of the nook?Â I think this right here is a perfect example of why libraries are still skeptical of ebooks. They fear that companies will go out of business and that books purchased will either not be available (if web based) or the device they’ve invested in disappears.