Overdrive conducted a study of public library users of audiobooks, surveying 5 of their busiest sites.Â The results concluded that audiobook listeners were:
- 74% of users are female, between the ages of 30-59.
- Nearly 70% have a college and/or postgraduate degree.
- 60% learned about the download service from the library’s website (if our past blog posts and training sessions weren’t enough to get you to promote on your website, hopefully this is!)
- 87% listen to audiobooks on an MP3 player, 44% of which are iPod users.
- 33% of users own an eBook reader (e.g., Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble nook)
For those who don’t own an eBook reader, 90% stated that compatibility of eBooks from the library is an important factor.
Hat tip to Resource Shelf
Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
The best is what I watched. Love this library video, a spoof on the Old Spice commercial from BYU, despite no mention of eBooks!
I am reproducing this post from the teleread blog, thanks Paul!
Flat World, the publisher of commercial open source college textbooks, had partnered with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers and NACS Media Solutions to distribute their textbooks to over 3,000 college bookstores for the fall semester.
These are pilot programs and will launch in August. The average cost of a Flat Word textbook is $29.95 which, they say, is 75% lower than most conventional textbooks. The bookstores will receive digital files and the college instructors can then remix, reorder and add content. The stores than will use POD to provide paper copies.
(sp) I saw a presentation from FlatWorld at the TOC conference and discussed them in my top 10 takeaways from the conference. They have an interesting business model, I’ll be anxious to see if they find success at the college bookstores.
I’m way behind on posting links to articles I’ve bookmarked in delicious.Â There’s been so much activity in the industry these last few weeks that I can’t keep up.Â So, here is a long list of things I’ve found from the past month.
Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time.Â Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and networkÂ Â about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing.Â 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.Â 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
OverDrive announced today the public beta release of an audiobook app for Blackberry smartphones. This app enables the wireless download of mp3 audiobooks from over 10,000 libraries, barnesandnoble.com, booksonboard.com, or borders.com.Â To download the app, visit http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc.Â The full press release is available on the OverDrive site.
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.
from an OverDrive Press Release:
OverDrive Audiobook App Now Available in Androidâ„¢ Market
Android app enables wireless audiobook downloads from libraries and booksellers
Cleveland, OH â€“ February 11, 2010 â€“ OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of audiobooks and eBooks to libraries and retailers, announced that its audiobook app for Androidâ„¢ is now out of beta and available as a full release. OverDriveâ€™s audiobook app for Android enables users to wirelessly download MP3 audiobooks from more than 10,000 libraries and major online retailers, including Barnesandnoble.com, BooksOnBoard.com, and Borders.com. Major devices, including DROIDâ„¢ by MotorolaÂ®, DROID Erisâ„¢, and Nexus Oneâ„¢, can now be used to access OverDrive-supplied MP3 audiobooks on the go. To install OverDriveÂ® Media Consoleâ„¢ for Android v1.0, visit the Android Market on your device or download directly from http://overdrive.com/software/omc. Continue reading OverDrive Audiobook App Now Available in Android Market
Very cool news from OCLC/NetLibrary.Â Their e-books are now compatible with the Nook as well as the new SONY Daily Edition (they were already compatible with the 4 versions of SONY Readers).Â This is a real benefit for libraries who are looking for more e-reader options.Â It opens up so many potentials for patron downloads and the use of e-readers by libraries (for circulation).Â I hope to see other aggregators and publishers following suit and (fingers crossed) adding more textbooks to the mix.Â The press release from OCLC is below.
NetLibrary eBooks compatible with new Barnes & Noble nook, new ony Daily Edition and other popular eBook readers
140,000 eBook titles available for download to portable devices
Continue reading NetLibrary titles compatible with Nook and SONY Daily Edition
Interesting article in the NYT today about Barnes & Noble’s textbook rental program.Â According to the article, textbooks can be rented from college bookstores for about 42% of the retail price.Â B & N piloted the program last year in a few schools, it has now been expanded to 25 campuses.Â Renting textbooks isn’t a new phenomenon, but it’s picked up in popularity due to federal grants for bookstores to start rental programs (to combat the high cost of textbooks).Â Cengage and Chegg.com are also options.Â Â Are you allowed to highlight and write in the rented books I wonder?Â If this takes off, how might this impact the regularity of new editions?Â Unfortunately, it only offers an option to students, renting.Â It doesn’t get to the heart of the matter, which is the high cost of the book.
Here in Ohio we experimented with leasing e-textbooks from CourseSmart.Â It didn’t work out so well because the program has been canceled.Â Students just aren’t ready to embrace the e-textbook, they want “a real book.”
From an OverDrive Press Release:
OverDrive Expands International Distribution for eBooks & Audiobooks
Leading booksellers and libraries in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Norway, and the UK join global network
(Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2010) â€“ Consumer Electronics Show â€“ OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the global leader in eBook and audiobook distribution, announced today that it recently entered into agreements with top booksellers, publishers, and libraries on five continents. OverDrive will demonstrate its global network and success in enabling access to 400,000 digital books on popular devices, including PC, MacÂ®, iPodÂ®, iPhoneÂ®, ZuneÂ®, SonyÂ® Readerâ„¢, nookâ„¢, and DROIDâ„¢ by MotorolaÂ®, at CES booth #12145 on January 7-10, 2010.
Continue reading OverDrive Expands International Distribution for eBooks & Audiobooks
Attended the Bowker/AAP webinar on consumer book trends for 2009.Â This focused on Q3 numbers in 2009 with a close look at 2 user groups -Â 18 – 29 year old males and 30 – 40 year old females.Â My notes are below, pardon the typos, was typing fast and furious to catch the data.
- Tina Jordan, VP AAP – moderator
- Kelly Gallagher, VP Publishing Services, Bowker – speaker
Bowker announced yesterday that 1/3 Americans cutting down on book purchases Continue reading Webinar Summary- Consumer Book Trends 2009 – Hosted by Bowker & AAP
I attended the Adobe eBook Platform webinar today.Â 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.Â 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
November 30th.Â Barnes & Noble nook – $259.00.Â It looks pretty cool, check out the nook video on the B&N site.Â Here are some cool features:
- runs on 3G network
- wireless download of over 1 million titles
- $9.99 titles
- daily updates of news sources
- full color navigation of titles
- lending titles to friends!!!
In fact, here is the small print about lending titles to friends – “Most eBooks can be lent for up to 14 days at a time. Just choose the book you want to share, then send it to your friend’s reader, cell phone, or computer.Â You can share nook to nook, but it doesn’t stop there. Using the new Barnes & Noble LendMeâ„¢ technology… you will be able to lend to and from any iPhoneâ„¢, iPod touchÂ®, BlackBerryÂ®, PC, or MacÂ®, with the free Barnes and Noble eReader software downloaded on it.”
Rumor has it the B & N eBook reader will launch on October 20th and come with wi-fi access and the ability to lend books.Â See the NYT article from Oct. 9th.
A press release from Overdrive, September 9, 2009
First in a Series of Mobile Apps for Over-the-Air Downloading From Booksellers and Libraries
(Cleveland, OH) – September 9, 2009 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of digital audiobooks and eBooks to libraries and retailers, announced the release of the first in a series of free digital book applications for mobile devices. OverDriveÂ® Media Console(TM) for Windows MobileÂ® (http://overdrive.com/software/omc) enables users with Windows Mobile phones to wirelessly download audiobooks, music, and video to their devices and play the titles with the same superior navigation features of OverDrive’s desktop software. To view a list of supported devices including Sprint Palm Treo(TM), AT&T Samsung Jack(TM), and Verizon HTC Touch Pro(TM), visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/devices/default.mspx.
Continue reading OverDrive Releases Digital Audiobook Application for Windows Mobile(R)