From an Ingram Press Release:Â As students look for more ways to interact with digital textbooks, they are increasingly turning to smartphones and tablets powered by the AndroidÂ® operating system. To meet this demand, VitalSourceÂ®, the most-used e-textbook platform in the industry today announced the expansion of its mobile footprint with the addition of an e-textbook app for Android.
â€œWe are significantly expanding our mobile capabilities with our new Android app,â€ said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies Inc. â€œAs a result, more content from the leaders in education publishing will reach more readers worldwide. Every student has a device and/or operating system preference, and we know that Android smart phones and tablets are becoming an important option.â€ Continue reading Ingram launches Android App for VitalSource e-textbook platform
From a Feb. 14th press release:Â Ingramâ€™s Vital Source is now providing access to its leading e-textbook platform through Blackboard Learnâ„¢, one of the most used learning management systems. The Blackboard Building Blockâ„¢ for VitalSource gives institutions a comprehensive tool to implement digital textbooks for students in mobile, online and offline environments.
â€œWe are pleased the VitalSource platform will be available to all Blackboard Learn users worldwide, providing anytime, anywhere access to the content that educators and students use most,â€ said Kent Freeman, Chief Content Officer, Vital Source Technologies, Inc. â€œThe integration of Ingramâ€™s VitalSource platform into one of the most-used learning management systems will improve the experiences of millions of students worldwide.â€ Continue reading Ingram’s Vital Source e-textbook platform available through Blackboard Learn
This panel discussion was moderated by Dick Kaser from Information Today. Â Speakers included Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing, Leslie Lees, ebrary, Bob Nardini, Ingram, and Mike Shontz, OverDrive.
Each panelist had 5 minutes to discuss who they serve and business models they offer.
Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing
Inventory on Demand in the Digital Age
Panelists: Â Laura Baldwin, O’Reilly Media and Phil Ollila, Ingram
Laura – reality of our biz, print and retail is still the bulk of the business. Print erosion cost, shipping costs, printing expenses, safety stock, operating capital are all factors in the profit/loss of publishers.
Strategically they wanted to deplete the amount of inventory and instead, make content available anywhere/anytime in a variety of formats. People expect faster cycle times (and not only in production).
Freedom plan – determine how to spend the capital. Â Offset/digital short run (much smaller print runs, focused on shelf space awareness), back it up with print-to-order, combined with great forecasting tools. Continue reading TOC – Inventory on Demand in the Digital Age
As we prepare for a long holiday weekend here in the States, I thought I’d provide you with some fun facts about eBooks and other electronic content (just in case you need to impress the relatives).Â These are things I collected from articles, blog posts, and by contacting vendors directly.Â I use these factoids when I do presentations, something to entertain the group during breaks.Â Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
all of the factoids are in the file linked above, but here are a couple of teasers:
- $519.48 – what you’d spend on ebooks if you bought one per week at $9.99.
- 167,334 serials titles digitized in HathiTrust
- 114 million pounds of merchandise shipped by Ingram in 2009
- 66% of U.S. public libraries offer eBooks
Yesterday, I joined a panel of publishers, aggregators, and archiving agencies to discuss the issue of eBook archiving. Â I had to set the stage for libraries, which was quite easy – we are in fear of losing our content to which we no longer have control of since it is housed on someone else’s server in another part of the country/world. Â How do we guarantee that the content we purchased will remain accessible to us and our end users? We need to work on a solution….and fast.
Rebecca Seger from Oxford University Press presented the publishers perspective, highlighting things OUP has done, and challenges facing publishers.
- OUP has journals archiving in place with portico, CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS.Â OUPâ€™s first trigger event happened in 2009.Â Their policy is publicly available on the OUP site.
- Ebook archiving at OUP is done via publisher archiving and a dark archive.Â They keep a repository in PDF format.Â But, OUP cannot archive the proprietary versions created by the aggregator partners like ebrary, EBL, Ingram, EBSCO.
- OUP feels the obligation to preserve the Oxford Scholarship Online version for library customers.Â They also offer the option of providing XML data to purchaser for local archiving (as she described was being done at OhioLINK.)
- Some challenges:Â Archiving options are limited for ebooks as not everything available for journals is available for ebooks, yet.Â Additionally, defining the trigger events has proven to be much more difficult. Continue reading Charleston Conference – eBook Archiving
Ingram Content Group Inc. and Springer announced a new integrated distribution services model that combines traditional physical book fulfillment with single-copy print-on-demand solutions for Springerâ€™s entire Americas publishing program.Â According to PR sources for Ingram, the Springer $24.95 My Copy program will continue with this partnership.
From the press release:
Starting in the first quarter of 2011, Ingram Content Group will fully manage warehousing, fulfillment and print-on-demand for Springer using the new model. Ingram will hold Springerâ€™s entire US inventory and as it sells down, Ingram will transition titles to print-on-demand when it makes the most economic sense. All fulfillment will come through Ingram.
As the need to invest in the future of content in its many forms becomes increasingly important, publishers are facing resource decisions unlike any before. They are exploring new ways to operate and shift investments once used for the cost of warehousing and returns to developing the most innovative content. By strategically combining traditional print publishing with virtual inventory and print on demand, Springer can concentrate its energy and resources on the future success of its company while assuring its authors and readers that its high quality content will always be widely available, also in print.
ebrary announced today the launch of the much awaited patron driven acquisition model.Â It’s been a couple of years in the making, received considerable testing, and was grown from librarian demand and suggestions.Â A brief history:
ALAMW Conference, 2009.Â ebrary hosted a session to discuss patron driven acquisitions and many librarians were there to offer suggestions.
January, 2010, the PDA pilot testing is extended while ebrary conducts additional surveys.
October, 2010 – The ebrary PDA model is Live!
The key features of the PDA model, from the ebrary press release include: Continue reading ebrary’s PDA Model is Finally Live
Received this email from Ingram today:Â Ingramâ€™s VitalSource launches BookshelfÂ® application forÂ iPadâ„¢, iPhoneÂ®, and iPod TouchÂ®â€”now offers three ways to access content
LA VERGNE, TN â€“ Vital Source Technologies, Inc., the leading e-textbook solution provider for publishers, academic institutions and students today announced the availability of the VitalSource Bookshelf application for Appleâ€™s iPadâ„¢, iPhoneÂ®, and iPod TouchÂ®.
Continue reading Ingram Launches VitalSource Bookshelf application for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
From a press release:
Ingram Content Group Inc. and Macmillan today announced a new distribution services model that will integrate Ingramâ€™s print on demand (POD) and fulfillment capability with Macmillanâ€™s publishing program.Â Macmillan will use Ingramâ€™s print on demand and physical distribution infrastructure to manage traditional inventory and POD for â€œâ€long tailâ€ titles.Â Macmillan will continue to fully service its customer relationships from its primary warehouse in Virginia. Continue reading Macmillan to use Ingram’s print-on-demand service
If you had top executives from 4 academic eBook aggregators in the same room, what would you ask them?Â Seriously, I need to know.Â One of the Lively Lunch sessions at the XXX Annual Charleston Conference is an open forum with academic eBook aggregators from ebrary, EBL, Ingram, and NetLibrary.Â Â I’m looking for suggestions on questions to ask these individuals.Â I’m moderating and want to make this as informative and interesting as I can! Continue reading Ask An Aggregator…. Would You?
What do the words interactive, audio/video, social, modular, desktop, and mobile have in common?Â They were all used by John Wiley’s Peter Balis during his Digital Book 2010 presentation to describe inkling, an end-to-end platform for mobile learning.Â Peter’s presentation focused on how we learn now and beyond.Â He demonstrated many interactive digital content products andÂ inkling was one of them.Â It’s due out in the fall of 2010 and is designed to work with learning content on the iPhone and iPad.Â Here’s a cut/paste of the vision statement from the inkling website:
… Thatâ€™s why we’re building Inkling: a flexible software platform that replaces static, printed material with content thatâ€™s centered around the learner. Weâ€™re committed to empowering students to learn however they want, wherever they want. In the process, weâ€™ll make education better for everyone involved.
Something tells me we will see a lot more from inkling and similar products supporting a flexible, digital textbook future.Â Â Other Digital Book 2010 presentations are available online from OverDrive, Ingram, O’Reilly, and more.
Ingram announced on June 9th a partnership with Pedia Press to POD customized books created from wiki material. Pedia Press supports the “Create a Book” feature within Wikipedia and other wiki based sites.
From an Ingram press release:
The Digital Marketplace, an initiative of the California State University Office of the Chancellor, announced plans today to launch a digital textbook pilot this fall using the Ingram VitalSource digital content delivery platform.
Starting in the fall 2010 semester, the pilot is planned to begin at San Diego State University and will be implemented through the university bookstore. Students will receive their content through the Aztec Bookstore portal, and will access their e-textbook titles through the industry-leading VitalSource BookshelfÂ® software.
ABOUT THE DIGITAL MARKETPLACE
The Digital Marketplace is an innovative one-stop-shopping platform for the discovery, selection, authoring and acquisition of digital course materials.Â Priorities include improving faculty and student choice, improving accessibility of materials, and significantly reducing the cost of course materials.Â For more information, visit www.dmproject.org.
Last years law suit against 4 Universities piloting the Kindle reader as a eTextbook solution has done a lot to guarantee the accessibility of textbooks to all students.
Ingram Content Group, working with the American Foundation for the Blind consulting group (AFB Consulting), announced a new disability release for their eTextbook platform – VitalSource.Â The release, which makes the application more usable for disabled students, contains extensive internal feature and function enhancements, as well as support for third-party screen-reader applications. These new features include the new DTD (Document Type Definition) v3.4 and VitalSourceâ€™s â€œMathSpeakâ€ program which adds rich English-language articulation to MathML tags.Â With this release, VitalSource is the only eTextbook platform on the market to offer full accessibility in downloads, online, and mobile access points for content.Â Windows, MacintoshÂ®, and online updates are expected in June, and iPhoneÂ®, iPod TouchÂ®, and iPadâ„¢ releases in August. Continue reading Accessibility Release for Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf
Ingram announced that it will provide publisher content to Apple’s new iBookstore.Â Using their CoreSourceÂ® program, Ingram’s solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content, publishers will be able to submit eBooks to iBookstore for availability on Apple’s new iPad.Â Ingram will help manage the relationship between publishers and Apple.Â This will enable a publisher’s catalog to be ingested, converted into ePub, Apple’s required format, and submitted to the iBookstore.Â Â To learn more about Ingram’s Apple Referral Program and CoreSource, visit: www.ingramcontent.com/apple.
Ingram is now offering librarians the option to download an Ingram Wire application to their desktop.Â The application will deliver book news and collection development information.Â Users may download it at www.ingramwire.com.Â According to the press release, “messages are prompted by business need and not advertising.” The application will link to ipage, Ingram’s e-business tool for libraries (to place orders).Â For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com.
Making the Case for Digital Printing – Â Tools of Change Conference – Feb. 22, 1:30 – 3:30
Brian O’Leary and Ashley Gordon
This session was directed to publishers who are thinking about digital printing opportunities. Â The speakers were obviously pro-digital printing and provided many examples of the benefits of digital printing for publishers. Â But, libraries should take note. Â Digital printing could be a good source of revenue for libraries who have large digital collections. Â I particular like the idea of “chunking” Â and creating keepsake books from public domain material (discussed below). Â Consortia could purchase a POD machine and member libraries could use this for a variety of projects, just think of the number of digital collections in one consortia. Â What great revenue! Â The speakers discussed 3 overlapping segments in digital printing- digital printing vendors, onsite services, and author services
Digital printing is more than print on demand (POD). Â POD is a strategy in digital printing.
Content: Think in terms of content, not the physical book Continue reading Tools of Change – Making the Case for Digital Printing