ALA’s new eCourse on ebooks starts September 2nd. Well, it’s not exactly new. I taught this four-week course last March and have accepted ALA’s invitation to teach it again this September. On the other hand, it’s not exactly the same class either, since much has changed since I developed the original syllabus in early 2013 — so much, in fact, that the new list of required readings is quite different from the original. While this class still requires no prior knowledge of ebooks and we will again be going over the basics (e.g., formats, reading devices, dominant brands, DRM, purchasing options, etc.), we will also take a closer look at the trends that are currently driving our conversations at conferences and in various online communities. Continue reading
Brill announced on August 19th that it is extending its open access model to include books. Titles will be made freely accessible on the Brill platform under a creative commons license. Here is more from the press release:
Brill extends Brill Open, its Open Access model, to include books.
As a major publisher in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Biology and International Law, Brill is committed to enhancing access to academic content in any sustainable way. Since its academic book publications are a cornerstone of the program, it is extending Brill Open to include monographs and edited volumes.
Brill Open offers authors the choice to make their research freely accessible online in exchange for a Publication Charge. Brill Open is made available to authors only upon acceptance of their manuscript for publication. This requires a positive outcome of the peer review process and Brill’s editorial decision making. Titles published in Brill Open undergo the same rigorous peer review and uphold the same high-quality publication standards that Brill is known for. Brill Open is a sustainable, high-quality and accessible mode of publication. Continue reading
SciELO, the Scientific Electronic Library Online, has launched a new blog, SciELO in Perspective. The blog, available in 3 languages – Spanish, Portuguese, and English – aims to share information and knowledge oriented to the development of scientific communication. The posts contain interviews, news, and analysis from an editorial team of nine. SciELO has maintained an open access eBook collection since March of 2012.
From the blog:
The aim of SciELO in Perspective blog is to share information and knowledge oriented to the development of scientific communication, in particular, of the SciELO journals, SciELO national collections and the SciELO Program and Network. It also promotes the open access movement to scientific knowledge. The prospect is that the blog become a reference vehicle to the community related to SciELO and to the communication and evaluation of scientific research. Continue reading
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
I came across this wonderful PDF from ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) showing the availability of Big Six (soon to be Big Five) ebook titles to libraries. Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster are included. It highlights the amount of content available for purchase, license/use terms, and the vendor platforms where content is available. Robert C. Maier is maintaining the document and his last update was May 15, 2013, so the information is pretty up-to-date. Robert based his chart on one started at Library Journal earlier this year. He welcomes comments via email at robert_maier[at]comcast.net
Thanks, Robert, for maintaining this information.
Robert Miller, Global Director of eBooks for the Internet Archive, sent this email to IA sponsors, partners, and content contributors. It has some really interesting facts, figures, and updates from the IA and Robert was kind enough to let me repost it here on NSR in full. I have highlighted some of those remarkable facts and figures in bold below.
Dear Archive Sponsors, Content Contributors and Partners,
We are at the mid-year point in 2013. I wanted to share with you some “news you can use” about several milestones we will soon be reaching, a few changes in our pricing structure and plans for the remainder of the year. Please feel free to distribute this email to the appropriate people on your teams or the libraries you represent.
First, thank you for your continued support of the Internet Archive. We, together, have collectively built the largest, free, public digital lending library in the world. Yippee to all of us!
As you might remember, our original funding for the Internet Archive digitization program came in the form of a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2004. This one-time grant was never meant to be ongoing, but was to allow for the development of a low cost, high quality digitization program to be used by libraries to complement, enhance or replace their own internal efforts. In short, it was to be a backbone infrastructure service and resource to help libraries move quickly and decisively into eBooks, both in terms of access and preservation. Continue reading
I received this press release today from Douglas County Libraries about OdiloTID. Interesting to see an international company step up to take on this important role for libraries. Bibliotheca had announced support for this type of service last summer, but I haven’t heard anything from them since. Here is more from the DCL press release:
OdiloTID to empower libraries to manage their Digital Collections following the “DCL Model” and the ReadersFirst Principles.
OdiloTID, the leading eBook system provider for libraries in Spain and Latin America, is partnering with the library and publisher community to facilitate the adoption of the concepts of the“DCL Model” developed by the Douglas County Libraries, CO. We enable libraries to directly negotiate with publishers and reduce their cost of acquisition of digital content by a third. We provide integration with all major Integrated Library Management Systems through the use of Robust APIs to create a user friendly interface for patrons. Continue reading
I received this news release from Ingram this morning about their new service, Life PrintSM. This service will manage the distribution of a print title, using one electronic file and order process. It merges print on demand with outside book printing companies. It sounds really interesting to me. I’ll be anxious to see how it progresses. Here’s the press release:
Ingram Expands Publisher Manufacturing Services with Life PrintSM Program – Full-service program centralizes title management and integrates flexible costs with service levels
NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced the launch of its Life PrintSM program, a comprehensive solution for publishers to manage the complete life cycle of print books. Continue reading
A flurry of articles and blog posts have been published with the announcement of Elsevier’s acquisition of Mendeley. Here is a sampling below:
This is fabulous news. Way to go De Gruyter! I’m so pleased to see publishers working direct with Unglue.it.
Berlin, 2 April 2013 – Starting today, the academic publisher De Gruyter will be offering 100 titles from its e-dition series at the crowdfunding platform Unglue.it. Each individual title that raises 2,100 dollars at the site will be made available worldwide as open access content.
Unglue.it is an innovative service provider that is making ebooks free and universally accessible to libraries and book lovers alike. How it works: users contribute an amount of their choosing to the book titles offered at the platform by publishers. If the minimum funding amount is achieved, the publisher will release the book under Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND. Continue reading