For the week of March 14th:
Wow, University Presses are in the news this week. This is the 5th press release I’ve gotten!
Ingram Content Group Inc., announced agreements with two notable university presses for e-content management. The University of Michigan Press and The University Press of Kentucky have selected Ingram’s digital asset management platform, CoreSource®, to archive and distribute materials to partners worldwide.
The University of Michigan Press, part of the University of Michigan Library, was founded 80 years ago and is a primary publishing unit of the University today. The Press publishes materials in a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines. It recently launched its innovative University of Michigan Digital Humanities Series, which advances understanding of the dynamic relationships between humanities and digital technologies. The Press has a mission of using the best technology to disseminate the information it publishes as freely and widely as possible, while preserving the integrity of published scholarship. To further its mission, the Press selected Ingram’s CoreSource® platform for digital file management and distribution of both frontlist and backlist titles. Continue reading Michigan and Kentucky University Presses Using Ingram’s CoreSource
An article in the Wall Street Journal today discusses the long-awaited Google Editions launch, which is set for the end of this year.
Interesting article in the WSJ from August 26th, Should You buy an E-Book? According to the author, Brett Arends, that depends on what you want it for. He responds to a variety of statements to assist the indecisive reader with answering this question including:
1. Casual readers probably shouldn’t bother
2. The books aren’t as cheap as they should be
3. Savvy readers read the classics anyway
4. Be aware of the potential costs of buying a Kindle
5. Be aware of the costs of the rivals.
6. And if you’re thinking of buying a book reader – wait!
Hot reads this week. Here’s a list of some good ones:
New from Bowker: Selection of Statistics from Consumer-Focused Research Report for Book Industry « ResourceShelf
I can tell that fall is in the air, nearly every article on my list this week has to do with eTextbooks. Other good ones are there too, check them out. Happy reading.
Barnes and Noble for Sale. There’s a ton of articles on this already. Here are a few:
What will become of the nook? I think this right here is a perfect example of why libraries are still skeptical of ebooks. They fear that companies will go out of business and that books purchased will either not be available (if web based) or the device they’ve invested in disappears.
Great article in the WSJ from June 29th summarizing the Internet Archive’s initiative for openlibrary.org. The IA along with several libraries, plans to digitize and make available thousands of eBooks for public download to a PC/MAC or reading device. According to the WSJ article, “with its latest project, the organization is making inroads into the idea of loaning in-copyright books to the masses. Only one person at a time will be allowed to check out a digital copy of an in-copyright book for two weeks. While on loan, the physical copy of the book won’t be loaned, due to copyright restrictions.”
CWRU Chemistry and Computer Science students will use the new Kindle to access textbooks in Fall ’09. See the full article in either the Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 6, 2009 or The WSJ, May 5, 2009. Amazon has worked a deal with publishers to load the textbook content on the Kindle, which will be “supplied” to students. Nothing in the articles about costs…
The other universities are: Pace, Princeton, Reed, Darden School at the University of Virginia, and Arizona State.
Interesting article in the WSU on eBooks, “How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write.” It focuses on more popular reading than academic sources, but brings out some interesting points about marketing, discovery, and selling pieces/parts of books.
An added FYI, when I find articles related to eBooks I bookmark them on my delicious site, which is linked to the blog. Just go to the homepage to see the recent delicious bookmarks.