Dear NSR readers,
As our readership grows and our columnists’ views expand beyond libraries and beyond the confines of the book industry, we launched our Facebook page today to reach more readers and book professionals around the world.
As you may know, NSR has been around for almost a decade but it’s taken us a while to start a Facebook page (as if maintaining Twitter feeds over the years hasn’t been hectic enough; forgive us, there is only so much social media one can take).
Our Facebook page will include much of the content published on NSR but it will go beyond and hopefully become THE PLACE where so much insightful dialog takes place it leads us in the direction of a better future for the book — one where books and knowledge are accessible to all beyond the confines of institutions (because some of us are dreamers who believe in the power of ebooks to do that). NSR will also remain the place where we keep an eye on the present and the ever-evolving book and ebook landscape (because some of us are realists with a deep understanding of the complexities of the book and library market today).
The Facebook presence will also help us reach deeper into the communities where access to books and knowledge is limited or hardly exists. Groundbreaking initiatives that push the limits of what is possible, such as what we accomplished with Croatia Reads last year (when we turned the entire country of Croatia into an open library) remain closest to our hearts and we hope to do more of those soon.
Let’s passionately agree and respectfully disagree on the future of the book. Let’s stumble and fall. Let’s try and learn. What a privilege it is for all of us to live in such interesting times for books and the written word.
Thanks for liking us on Facebook. Thanks, especially, for following us on Twitter and subscribing to our feeds all these years. Onward and upward.
Author Sues Simon & Schuster Over eBook Royalties on a Book It Doesn’t Publish [The Digital Reader]
A new class action lawsuit has been filed against Simon & Schuster. Doctor and author Sheldon Blau is alleging that S&S is paying him for ebooks as sales when they are in fact licensed, only the story is not nearly that simple.
Runaway slave ads portray grim period of U.S. history [Cornell Chronicle]
A unique interactive project in development at Cornell seeks to tell the story of runaway slave advertisements. The project, “Freedom on the Move” (FOTM), aims to compile all North American runaway slave ads, never before systematically collected, into a collaborative database of information. A joint venture launched by Baptist, Cornell University Library and the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER).
Placing a hold — Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog [No Shelf Required]
NSR presented the second in a series of stories written by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox, on the irrationality of the ebook ‘situation’ in libraries. His first story, Book Snatching, is about the absurdity of ebooks disappearing from devices; this one is about the absurdity of needing to place holds in digital environments.
The Waterstones eBook Store is Closing [Good eReader]
Waterstone’s eBook Store is closing and all of the digital content is being transferred over to Kobo. The UK bookseller made the announcement on their main website and via email to their customers. This is the third major company to strike a relationship with Kobo. Continue reading News Roundup [May 27, 2016]
NSR is pleased to announce that starting this week, the site will regularly highlight book reviews published on BlueInk Review‘s web site. We are proud to join forces with BlueInk Review (an effort to provide “serious, unbiased reviews of self-published books”) in drawing more attention to quality independent literature.
Each year hundreds of thousands of books are self-published by aspiring authors, some available in digital format only, others in multiple formats, including print. And each year large numbers of those titles make their way into all sorts of ebook services, many of which are available in libraries.
While NSR wholeheartedly supports the ability of aspiring writers to publish their work independently and distribute it digitally in ways unimaginable just a decade ago, NSR also supports the efforts of the professionals in our industry holding these writers’ hands through the process (editorially speaking, not just technologically), commending their independent efforts as well as encouraging them to improve their writing.
In the grand scheme of e-things, uploading files to various ebook platforms is the easy part. Reviewing those files and offering constructive criticism on the writing in the ‘container’ is not. All who distribute, buy, and consume books should remain aware of that.
NSR is kicking off its Book Reviews section with a spotlight on Jeri Parker’s Unmoored.
More reviewing TK.
Check out the latest article in American Libraries Magazine (Dispatches from the Field column) about eBook purchasing. Â It is a condensed version of a larger piece that will appear in Library Technology Reports Nov/Dec issue, which should be available very soon. Topics include: print to digital, business models, publishers/aggregators/wholesalers, buying through consortia, and evaluating vendors.
Here is the first paragraph and citation info:
A Guide to Ebook Purchasing
By Sue Polanka
Tue, 11/15/2011 – 08:12
American Libraries Magazine
Advice from the author ofÂ No Shelf Required on how to flex your libraryâ€™s purchasing muscle
For those libraries looking to purchase e-books, you are not alone. According to theÂ Library Journal 2011 survey of ebook penetration and use in libraries, 95% of academic, 82% of public, and 44% of school libraries are already offering ebooks, and many more are considering it. For anyone contemplating purchasing ebooks, asking why is the most important question. What are the primary goals of purchasing ebooks in your library or your consortium? Is it to expand the collection or to increase the buying power of a group of libraries? Is it to replace existing print collections, offer new services, or experiment with new business models in the hope of saving money? Whatever the reason, it is imperative to keep oneâ€™s goals in mind throughout the process. Buying ebooks is a complicated process. To do it effectively is an even greater challenge due to the many ways to procure ebooks.
ALA TechSource has just opened registration for the upcoming webinar series on e-books and e-readers.Â I hope you can join us.
Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library
with Sue Polanka
Two 90-minute sessions
Thursdays 8/4/11 and 8/11/11
2:30 â€“ 4:00 PM EDT | 1:30 â€“ 3:00 PM CDT
12:30 â€“ 2:00 PM MDT | 11:30 AM â€“ 1:00 PM PDT
With the exploding popularity of e-books and e-reading devices, librarians are grappling with how to effectively integrate them into their services and collections. Sue Polanka is back by popular demand to present this two-session ALA TechSource workshop on how to go about it. With her practical guidance you will learn how to begin purchasing and lending e-books for your library, and how to purchase e-reading devices for patron use. Continue reading ALA TechSource webinar series – Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library
Salem Press has once again surveyed the library blog landscape in search of exceptional thinking, writing and information. After sifting through hundreds of nominations, our blog judges have spoken and their votes have been tallied. Forty outstanding blogs, five in each category, came out on top. We now need your help to narrow down the list of finalists.
To vote for your favorite blogs, click Blog Awards. And thanks for participating. Continue reading 2011 Salem Press Library Blog Awards – Vote Now
From Eric Hellman’s Go To Hellman blog.Â Please offer your comments to Eric at the Go To Hellman blog.
Here’s the third section of my draft of a book chapter for a book edited by No Shelf Required‘s Sue Polanka. I previously posted the introduction; and What does Open Access mean for eBooks subsequent posts will cover Open Access E-Books in Libraries. Note that while the blog always uses “ebook” as one word, the book will use the hyphenated form, “e-book”. The comments on the second section prompted me to make significant revisions, which I have posted.
Business Models for Creation of Open Access E-Books
Any model for e-book publishing must have a business model for recouping the expenses of production: reviewing, editing, formatting, design, etc. In this section, weâ€™ll review methods that can be used to support Open Access e-book publishing. Continue reading Open Access eBooks, Part 3
Reprinted from the Go To Hellman blog from Eric Hellman.Â Here’s the second section of my draft of a book chapter for a book edited by No Shelf Required‘s Sue Polanka. I previously posted the introduction; subsequent posts will include sections on Business Models for Open Access E-Books, and Open Access E-Books in Libraries. Note that while the blog always uses “ebook” as one word, the book will use the hyphenated form, “e-book”. The comments on the first section have been really good; please don’t stop!Â Comments can be directed to Eric via the Go To Hellman blog.
What does Open Access mean for e-books?
There are varying definitions for the term â€œopen accessâ€, even for journal articles. For the moment, I will use this as a lower-case term broadly to mean any arrangement that allows for people to read a book without paying someone for the privilege. At the end of the section, Iâ€™ll capitalize the term. Although many e-books are available for free in violation of copyright laws, Iâ€™m excluding them from this discussion.
The most important category of open access for books is work that has entered the public domain. In the US, all works published before 1923 have entered the public domain, along with works from later years whose registration was not renewed. Works published in the US from 1923-1963 entered the public domain 28 years after publication unless the copyright registration was renewed. Public domain status depends on national law, and a work may be in the public domain in some countries but not in others. The rules of what is in and out of copyright can be confusing and sometimes almost impossible to determine correctly. Continue reading Open Access eBooks, Part 2. What does Open Access Mean for e-books?
On Sunday I’m headed to Buenos Aires to attend the Buenos Aires International Book Fair, and in particular, the Argentine Library Association Annual Conference.Â I’m very excited to have this opportunity to learn more about libraries, publishing and eBooks in Argentina and South America.Â While there, I will be presenting a couple of session on ebooks in US libraries and reference services in academic libraries.Â I hope to share some of what I learn about ebooks in South America on the blog, particularly information on the US Embassy Information Resource Centers.Â Stay tuned for more information, photos, and perhaps an audio interview.
Saturday, January 8th, ALA’s Washington Office is presenting, Turning the Page on E-books, a moderated discussion on the challenges and opportunities for libraries and their patrons from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the Convention Center, Room 02.Â Panelists and speakers include:Â Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive; Tom Peters, CEO of TAP Information Sources (huge contributor to the COSLA Report); Rich Weingarten, information technology and policy consultant, and Sue Polanka, moderator of No Shelf Required. Come and join the discussion.
Well, I went crazy and bought all the urls, so take your pick.Â You can view the blog at it’s normal home here at Wright State University (very gracious hosts), or you can choose one of the others.Â All redirect you to the same great content.
You are cordially invited to the Electronic Resources Management Interest Group ALCTS/LITA meeting at ALA 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
- Program: Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries and End-Users
- Date: Friday, June 25th, 2010
- Time:Â 4:00pm—5:15pm
- Location: Hilton Washington-Fairchild Room
- Speakers: Aaron Wood, Director of Software Product Management, Alexander Street Press. Former Metadata Librarian and Assistant Head of Technical Services at the University of Calgary andÂ Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University Libraries Continue reading ALA Session – Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries, and End-Users
Salem Press has announced its Library Blog Awards. Awards were given in five categories: General Interest, Academic, Public, School and “Quirky” library blogs. First prize in each category is awarded $500, second prize is $250 and third is $100.
In addition, the judges qualified approximately 80 blogs (out of a field of 400) as “notable.” All 400 blogs are included in Salem’s blog directories at www.SalemPress.com/blogs. You’ll also find discussions of judging criteria there (see Blog Thoughts) and short biographies of the judges.
I’m very honored to say that No Shelf Required was awarded first place in the academic category!Â Thanks blog judges.
For more information, please contact:
Peter W Tobey
Director, Sales & Marketing, Salem Press
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.
We’re working on a redesign here at NSR.Â Please excuse the oddities you may see in the next couple of days.Â The content in the posts should be consistent, it just the colors, fonts, and images that are a bit off right now.
Greetings loyal (and first time) readers.Â I’ll be in Hong Kong for the next couple of weeks vacationing and visiting libraries.Â I hope to share information from my visits here on the NSR blog.Â So, for the next couple of weeks please enjoy the brief tangent from eBooks and excuse the lack of eBook posts from me.Â Everybody needs a vacation, right!
If you find eBook news you want to share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support, No Shelf Required readers, subscribers, and supporters. Â We hit a milestone in March with the 10,000th unique visitor to NSR. Â Clearly, ebooks are a hot topic with this much interest in the blog in less than one year. Â Let’s keep that interest and conversation going strong. Â We welcome your comments, posts, ideas, and more. Â Other NSR stats include: Â Â Continue reading No Shelf Required – 10,000 Visitors and Growing