Institutional Subscriptions to Google BooksÂ with Advertising? Google Wonâ€™t Rule It Out – 10/12/2009 – Library Journal
From TelereadÂ Â By David Rothman
6 Lessons One Campus Learned about E-Textbooks is the headline over Jeffrey R. Youngâ€™s article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. But perhaps it should read instead, â€œE-textbooks not ready for college students yet, at least in many cases.â€
Northwestern Missouri State University used the Sony Reader in a pilot study and, according to Young, found that students demanded printed books instead because of navigation problems with E.
Mind you, this wasnâ€™t with the new PRS-700, which lets you use a stylus to move around. So maybe the results would have been different. Continue reading E-textbooks not ready for college students yet?
From the TeleRead blog:
OverDrive: â€˜Much more content without DRMâ€™ promised for libraries in â€˜09
By David Rothman
â€œOverDrive is the leader in bringing downloadable MP3 audiobooks to libraries. [It] is leading the library market in bringing all formats of digital media to readersâ€”including much more content without DRM during 2009.â€
I hope that includes copyrighted e-books, too, not just MP3. Like Steve, Iâ€™m keen on writers and publishers getting paid, and there are ways for this to happen without DRM. For now, Iâ€™ll regard the above statement as indicating at least some flexibility.
Meanwhile check out other comments in the LJ piece, headlined Appleâ€™s DRM News said to have little effect on libraries for now.
(Thanks to Ed Klopek.)