On Friday I interviewed Jude Norris, Marketing and Technology Director for Dawson Books. Dawson offers over 170,000 books (mostly academic). Jude discussed the recent acquisition of Dawson Books by Smiths News PLC, the Dawsonera eBook platform and DawsonEnter, the ordering system for print and electronic books. More information about Dawson books can be found at the following:
Literary Reviewing in the Digital Age
Panelists: Bethanne Patrick, Book Maven Media, (Moderator), Bob Carlton, Kirkus Reviews, Ron Charles, Washington Post, Sarah Weinman, Publishers Marketplace
Some of the questions addressed in the discussion were: What are the biggest challenges to literary reviewing? So many books, so many critics – how do readers sort through them? Is there still authority in book reviewing? How do we review books that are now multimedia and do we need to? What will the next 2, 5 years, or even 6 months look like? Continue reading TOC – Literary Reviewing in the Digital Age
Margaret Atwood provided a keynote at TOC called, “The Publishing Pie: An Author’s View” Margaret admitted she is not a high tech person, but delivered her genuine, humorous keynote from the heart. She shared much of her experience with publishing, showing us rare pieces of her previous work, including her first book of poetry from 1946, Blue Bunny. She was 6. Her story of selling/signing one of her first books, The Edible Woman, was a treat. She was set-up in the men’s department of a large department store, near the jockey shorts and socks. Margaret said most of the men ran away, she sold only two copies.
Unfortunately, the live feed went out twice during the presentation (I was in the overflow room), so I missed much of “the publishing pie,” but I’ll be sure to watch it on the O’Reilly site.
Her final slide was signed….”Thank you for being here, Margaret Atwood.” Continue reading TOC – Margaret Atwood Keynote
Reprinted in full from One Librarian’s Perspective, by Tim Kambitsch, Director of the Dayton Metro Library.
It is fashionable to declared Digital Rights Management (DRM) dead. And maybe in the world of music it is. For eBooks in the library marketplace, however, DRM is alive and well. The book publishers who may be more conservative than the music industry in trying to protect their intellectual property are willing to stymie sales in electronic formats to maximize their sense of security.
In the ideal open-yet-market-driven eBook environment there won’t be DRM, but regardless of whether DRM lives on, the closed vertically integrated world of eBooks sales to libraries presents a bigger problem; it is that environment that needs to change. For libraries to both offer electronic collections and maintain their role of building collections for the long term we need a layered environment where the purchase of materials is separated from the where those purchased materials are hosted. Further, library patrons deserve distinct choices for the programs and devices they use for readings. Continue reading Opening the eBook Market
ALA Midwinter 2011: ALCTS Panel Considers the Impact of Patron-Driven Acquisition on Selection and Collections
Casper Grathwohl from Oxford University Press and Kassidy Lackey from Handmark spoke about mobile applications for reference tools. Casper provided examples of several vendor-based apps like Gale’s AccessMyLibrary, university library mobile apps, and some apps designed for OUP. OUP has 85 apps, which cover a variety of reference subjects. These are marketed mostly to the consumer and OUP reports close to 1 million in application revenue, which is only a small part of their complete revenue. Casper was surprised to see that libraries and publishers are not yet working together on mobile apps but felt that the opportunities are available, particularly in the area of discovery since both parties have a vested interest in seeing use of the content. Continue reading Charleston Conference – Mobile Reference Apps
From an Encyclopaedia Britannica Press Release: Students and teachers who need photos and other images for research, papers and projects can now find them easily and conveniently in Britannica Image Quest, a new online database from Britannica Digital Learning. The Web site, which is now available to schools, universities and libraries, currently provides images from more than 40 of the best collections in the world, including Encyclopaedia Britannica, Dorling Kindersley, Getty, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society and Oxford Scientific. Continue reading 2 million images in Britannica’s Image Quest
Wow, what a morning. The best part of this ebook summit has been following the tweets and chats with some incredibly knowledgeable and creative librarians. So many good ideas for ebooks in libraries. My highlights have been on twitter, so feel free to have a look @spolanka or follow the conference at #ebooksummit.
Added to blog post 9/30: There are some addtional summaries of various Summit presentations from the Library Media Diva and the Librarian In Black blogs. Thanks to the folks at LJ for recording some highlights from the session I moderated – Ebooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a new Best Practice.
The most shocking statement thus far was from Eli Neiberger, Associate Director for IT and Production, Ann Arbor District Library, who said quite bluntly, “libraries are screwed.” His presentation went on to discuss how the basic premise of the library business is based on owning and loaning print content and that this format is outmoded. He also said that the value of library collections is in local copy and in a global digital world, the notion of local and copy is worthless. He believes we will survive if we find ways to reinvent ourselves beyond the circulating collections. He suggested that libraries become publishers and bring their local communities to the 21st century world by providing a platform for unique experiences.
All presentations are being archived and will be available beginning next week.
Below is the press release from K-NFB announcing the official availability of the blio reader for Windows. There’s been a lot of chatter on twitter today about reviews, download issues, complaints from MAC users, etc. The CNET coverage of blio is worth a look. For a more colorful review, try The Digital Reader. KNFB responded the next day – first day jitters.
I had some download issues of my own, the attempted download froze up Firefox two times, so I had to revert to IE, which worked just fine. I also noticed in the small print on the blio site than an accessible version will be out in October. So, MAC users and those requiring the accessible version will have to wait for the blio experience. Continue reading blio available for download today – mixed reviews
For your weekend reading pleasure:
ModernBookFactory.com: The First Complete Online Audiobook Production and App Development Service for Independent Publishers and Authors
From an OverDrive press release:
OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will demonstrate digital book downloads available from America’s public libraries at the 2010 National Book Festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) on Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This high-tech 18-wheeler and mobile exhibit offers hands-on demonstrations of download services available 24/7 from more than 11,000 libraries worldwide.
Digital Bookmobile visitors will be able to browse a library’s download website; sample eBooks, digital audiobooks, music, and video on interactive PC and Mac® computer stations; learn how to download; and test compatible devices including the Sony® Reader, nookâ„¢, iPod®, Zune®, and Smartphonesall loaded with digital titles from the library. Continue reading OverDrive will demo digital downloads at National Book Festival
The Book Industry Study Group, along with a variety of corporate sponsors, launched a study in late 2009 about consumer attitudes toward e-book reading. Consumers were asked a series of questions in Nov. 2009, Jan. 2010 and again in July 2010. Some initial results were released during a twitter #followreader discussion hosted by O’Reilly TOC. The following is an excerpt from the TOC post: (note that “library” is reported for 7% of ebook downloads) (after original post found out that Kelly from BISG said that library downloads are so much in their infancy they don’t have a large enough sample. They hope to do a survey soon regarding this.) Continue reading BISG Study – 7% of eBook downloads are from a library
LEVERAGE: Finding the Value-Proposition for Digital Content
As the cost of instructional resources continues to raise issues for schools, colleges, students and parents, the impact of sharable digital resources on the overall cost of education is supposed to be significant.
Join the SREB Educational Technology Cooperative online at 11:00 am (PDT) on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, for a live webinar that looks at models and policies to leverage state, system, college and school investments in digital curricula and content. The one-hour session will explore three perspectives that illuminate the issues and opportunities presented by “free” content.
To register for this webinar (it is free) click this link (http://leverage062910.eventbrite.com). You will receive a link to the webinar approximately one week prior to the webinar.
Direct link to: Elluminate room. (I think â€¦ but you should still register..)
We look forward to informing and improving your LEVERAGE! Continue reading Free Webinar: Finding the Value-Proposition for Digital Content
Just saw an article about Kno, a new company launching a digital textbook platform and reader. The device offers a two panel tablet for viewing textbook material in true form by maintaining page structure, charts, graphs, and other non-text elements. The device allows note taking and highlighting and offers Wi-Fi and 3-G access. Kno has already contracted with 4 academic textbook publishers including Wiley, McGraw Hill, Pearson, and Cengage Learning. For more info, see this article from gigaom or the press release on business wire. Twitter @GoodtoKNO
Some good reads out there in the blogosphere these last few weeks. Many of these are focused on the electronic textbook and/or implications of such. Additional articles include analysis on the library and bookstore of the future and a comical video about digital publishing and DRM.
Caught this presentation link on Twitter from Liza Daly at Three Press Consulting. Liza gave a presentation recently on designing eBooks for 2 epub reading engines rather than designing eBooks for 99 different readers (and counting). What is a reading engine you ask? According to slide #7, “A reading engine is the part of the ereading software that actually places text on the screen. It’s the most basic, primitive, component of any ereader.” Her presentation focuses on designing eBooks for 2/3 of the popular epub reading engines – Adobe Reader Mobile SDK (RMSDK) and WebKit. Liza says that thinking about reading engines can really simplify issues around eBook design.
Liza has also designed her own ereader – the Ibis Reader. With Ibis, you can read epub books on a computer or mobile device and your content is stored online, so you can access it anytime.
Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time. Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and network about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing. While much of the information presented was for the publishing industry, I did manage to find several great ideas and concepts that relate to libraries. I’d like to share these with you, in no apparent order. Continue reading 10 Takeaways from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference for Librarians
Tim O’Reilly Keynote
Your job as a publisher is to do things for authors that they can’t do for themselves.
Remember what you really do, it may not be the cool/sexy stuff, it’s the boring stuff and you have to be good at those things in this era. If not, someone else will take your place. Continue reading TOC – Tim O’Reilly Keynote
TOC – Wednesday keynote – Who Needs You, Big Publishing? How Authors Can Own Al Rights and Make More Monday – Scott Sigler
- every word he’s every published is completely free, unabridged, everything – the whole story, he puts the decision process on the consumer to decide if his content is good enough for them to purchase
- he has his own website, facebook, twitter, mySpace, etc. – all with a good number of followers; constant connection with his audience which he can stay in front of
- His book ANCESTOR – put out in April of 2007
- he had already given it away for free, but it was now for sale online by a small Canadian publisher
- he topped the charts in his genre on Amazon
- this success has led to more books, more paperbacks, hardcovers, etc. Continue reading TOC- Who Needs You, Big Publishing?