Category Archives: Articles of Interest

School library eBook market must reads

School Library Journal has published two recent articles about the eBook market in schools.  The first is the “School Ebook Market Directory.”  This piece features a snapshot of 19 eBook vendors for school libraries.  Some of these include ABC-CLIO, Capstone, Rosen, OverDrive, Gale, StarWalk Kids, and Tumblebooks.   The second article is “E. It’s Complicated.  How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks.”  SLJ talked to academic experts and visited librarians, teachers, and students at two high-performing Illinois high schools: New Trier Township High School in Winnetka and Northfield, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.  The article is in a Q/A format and discusses topics such as why go digital, will ebooks help kids learn more, who owns and pays for devices, what are the hurdles to adoption, and many more.  Both are worth a read.

68 essential resources for eBooks in libraries by Ellyssa Kroski

Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and the blogger for OEDb’s iLibrarian, as well as a writer, educator, and international conference speaker, developed this list of 68 essential resources about eBooks in libraries.  Ellyssa has organized the list into several broad categories including:  general, devices, blogs, purchasing, creating, and more.

68 Essential Resources for eBooks in Libraries

eBooks are a constant topic in library news today.  If you’re just getting caught up or striving to keep current, here are 68 resources that will put you in-the-know and help you make an informed decision about implementing eBooks in your library. Continue reading

SmashWords research analyzes self-published book sales data

I finally had time to read this very interesting article in the Huffington Post written by Mark Coker about the  Smashwords study conducted to analyze self-published book sales data.  Coker highlights seven key findings from the study and includes his slides from a presentation at the RT Booklovers Convention earlier this year.  It’s worth a read if you are interested in self-publishing.

The seven key findings include:

  • Ebook Sales Conform to a Power Curve
  • Viva Long Form Reading: Longer Books Sell Better
  • Shorter Book Titles Appear to Have Slight Sales Advantage
  • How Indie Authors are Pricing Their Books: $2.99 is the Most Common Price Point
  • How Price Impacts Unit Sales Volume: Lower Priced Books (usually) Sell More Copies
  • The Yield Graph: Is $3.99 the New $2.99?
  • A Closer Look at the Yield Graph Reveals Why Indie Ebook Authors Have a Competitive Advantage over Traditionally Published Authors

For those interested in self publishing, Coker offers a free ebook, The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success.

Gale launches first Smithsonian Institution collection

Last February, Gale announced a large-scale Gale-Smithsonian Institution partnership to digitize content. Today, Gale announced the availability of the first product in the line -  Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine Archive.   This resource includes the complete back files of both magazines.  The full press release is below.  NSR’s Mirela  Roncevic featured a story on Gale’s partnerships with the Smithsonian and others recently if you’d like to read it for more context.

 

Farmington Hills, Mich., May 29, 2013 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the availability of Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine Archive, the first resource in the line of Gale – Smithsonian Institution collections. Launched as part of a partnership agreement announced earlier this year, the new archive will include the complete back files of both magazines as well as Gale’s advanced research tools, and will support cross-curricular and interdisciplinary studies in schools and in academic spaces. Continue reading

ALA’s 3rd supplement on ebooks and digital content now available

The third supplement on ebooks and digital content from American Libraries examines both the big picture and the nitty-gritty of libraries and publishing, looking at how libraries are evolving in response to the digital revolution, from taking advantage of opportunities in content creation to advocating for equitable access to ebooks produced by the world’s largest book publishers.

Read it online here or pick up a copy at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the Office for Information Technology Policy programs and in the ALA Membership Pavilion.

  • James LaRue, director of Colorado’s Douglas County Libraries system, discusses how libraries can—and should—become local community publishers
  • Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, provides an overall assessment of the library ebook situation
  • ALA President, Maureen Sullivan, ALA Executive Director, Keith Michael Fiels, and Alan S. Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy look at how libraries can collaborate, manage, and lead through this period of possibilities.

You can read this supplement in the easy-to-use Zmag web browser format, or download it as a PDF for offline reading. Click here to get started.

Cengage Learning restructuring: articles of interest

Cengage Learning has announced some restructuring plans this week.  Below is a summary of articles and blog posts highlighting the news.  Later this week, NSR’s Mirela Roncevic will post her article on Gale (part of Cengage Learning) and their recent partnerships.  The article includes an interview with Jim Draper, Vice President and General Manager for Gale.

Cengage Learning investor site: this site includes annual and quarterly reports

 

Industry articles and blog posts:

Inside Higher Ed:  Cengage publisher could file bankruptcy

Bloomberg News: Cengage CEO seeking restructuring

INFODocket: Cengage CEO seeking restructuring  This includes the Bloomberg news article, embeds some documents and provides additional resource links.

 

ALA’s Ebook Platforms for Libraries – What it’s about and what it’s for

Last Friday, ALA released it’s latest Library Technology Report (LTR)  entitled, “Ebook Platforms for Libraries.”  Mirela Roncevic, a No Shelf Required contributor, wrote and compiled the LTR.  Mirela posted on her personal blog about the report including background information about what the report contains, what it’s for, and how it can be used by librarians.  It is a really nice summary of how and why the publication was created.  Here is an excerpt from her post:

At this point, it’s anyone’s guess what the vast and growing ebooks landscape in libraries will look like a year or two from now, but as it stands right now, librarians need to keep up or they will remain behind. That’s what this report aims to do: provide a starting point from which they can embark on their institutions’ ebook ventures. Continue reading

Simon and Schuster begins ebook pilot projects with libraries in New York

Great news for libraries, the last of the big 6 (big 5 now I guess) has begun a pilot project to license content to several libraries in New York.  Below are links to several articles and blog posts.  Thanks to Molly Raphael for posting these links on the ALA Council listserv.

The Digital Reader: http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2013/04/15/simon-schuster-announces-ebook-pilot-program-in-nyc  (The S&S release is attached.)

American Libraries Magazine, eContent blog: http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/e-content/ala-president-commends-simon-schuster-s-entry-library-ebook-market

Digital Book World: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/simon-schuster-joins-other-big-six-publishers-with-library-ebook-pilot/

Library Journal’s Digital Shift: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2013/04/ebooks/nypl-queens-libraries-comment-on-simon-schuster-lending-deal/

Elsevier acquires Mendeley – articles of interest

A flurry of articles and blog posts have been published with the announcement of Elsevier’s acquisition of Mendeley.  Here is a sampling below:

Elsevier’s Press Release

Mendeley blog, Q/A about the acquisition

 

Confirmed:  Elsevier Has Bought Mendeley…TechCrunch

Sale to Elsevier Casts Doubt….Chronicle

A Matter of Perspective….Scholarly Kitchen

 

 

Flipboard app releases update, allows consumers and advertisers to publish

A colleague forwarded this interesting blog post to me about Flipboard.  The author, Mathew Ingram, discusses Flipboard’s new release features.  He discusses the ability for advertisers and readers to now become publishers.

Here is a snip from the post: 
“Flipboard’s new version is more than just an evolution, it’s a significant departure from what the service was all about. Until now, it has been about making it easy to discover and consume content from multiple sources, but the new features are all about turning readers into publishers — by giving them curation tools like those used by Flipboard’s own editors.”

“The idea that advertisers now have many of the same tools as publishers and traditional media companies do, and that readers and consumers of content also have much more power over that content than they used to, are two pretty inescapable facts about the new media landscape — and Flipboard has just staked a claim to some significant territory on both of those fronts.”

This is very similar to an article I read last week from Mike Shatzkin’s blog, The Shatzkin Files.  In his post on “atomization” he discusses publishing as a function rather than an industry.  It’s a very interesting read.