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