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