Category Archives: Conferences/Events

NSR’s eBook vendor updates from the ALA annual conference

I attended the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and have several updates on eBook vendor offerings, initiatives, and activities.  Vendors and initiatives are listed in alphabetical order.  This information will also be presented at the ALA TechSource conference wrap-up webinar, held July 8th. The recording of that session is available at http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2013/07/archive-of-the-2013-ala-annual-tech-wrapup.html. I also want to take a moment to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new ALA publication edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic (both NSR contributors).  A free preview issue is now available for download.

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Interview with Heather McCormack from 3M Cloud Library

Heather McCormack is the Collection Development Manager for 3M’s Cloud Library.  I had a nice interview with Heather at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.  Talk about an expert in content!  Heather knows her authors, genres, publishers, and tools to make collecting ebooks a simple task for libraries.  In the interview she discusses 3Ms new tool – CAT (Catalog Acquisition Tool), introduced back in April of 2013, new content at the 3M Clould Library, and the many ebook collections she has developed in her short time at 3M.  Heather and I also discuss the conspiracy of librarians and all things cat.  Sorry, there are no photos of cats in this interview!

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.

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.

Big Library Read pilot program via OverDrive shows library impact on literacy, books sales, and author recognition

This is a great idea.  I hope many of you will read the book and promote it to your patrons.  I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot program. Follow the program on twitter – #BigLibraryRead.

Cleveland, May 16, 2013 – Today, more than 7,500 libraries around the world are participating in the Big Library Read, a two-week pilot program launched yesterday that enables millions of library patrons to simultaneously access and read a single eBook title until June 1, 2013. The selected title, The Four Corners of the Sky, by Michael Malone, is available in OverDrive Read, Kindle (U.S. only) and EPUB formats and can be read on virtually any device.

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Springer releases white paper on eBook use and acceptance in an undergraduate institution

Springer has released a White Paper on ebook use and attitudes.  The study was conducted at Wellesley College.  Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries co-authored the white paper.

More information, including key findings and links to the full paper, is below:

A new white paper from Springer examines eBook adoption at an undergraduate institution

Conventional wisdom holds that the availability of eBooks and their inherent utility – full text searchability, ease of access, etc. – are what drive use and acceptance. But are these the only factors behind the rate of adoption of eBooks at undergraduate universities? A new Springer white paper by Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries, draws on past studies and a new survey of users at Wellesley College to uncover some interesting insights for undergraduate librarians and institutions. The white paper is available both online, and will be distributed at this year’s Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER & L) Conference in Austin, TX. Continue reading

National Archives to help launch first DPLA project

March 12, 2013

Washington, DC. . . Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today that the National Archives, as a leading content provider to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), will help launch its first pilot project.

The DPLA is a large-scale, collaborative project across government, research institutions, museums, libraries and archives to build a digital library platform to make America’s cultural and scientific history free and publicly available anytime, anywhere, online through a single access point. Continue reading

OverDrive’s Digipalooza, August 1st – 4th

I’m not an OverDrive customer, but I’ve always wanted to attend the Digipalooza conference.  It looks like it is very educational and entertaining.  Registration is open.  Visit www.digipalooza.com for more information.  Here’s a bit from the site:

OverDrive’s International User Group Conference for partner libraries, Digipalooza offers a unique blend of education, networking and fun.
Education & Best Practices from Leading Librarians
Learn how to maximize the value and circulation of eBooks, digital audiobooks and other media through best practices from experienced library staff, demonstrations of the latest software, devices, and mobile applications, as well as tips and tools for increasing awareness and addressing today’s trends.

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Credo survey suggests students lack basic information skills

Credo Survey Suggests Students Lack Basic Information Skills Critical for Academic and Workforce Success

Survey finds 37% of students do not feel adequately prepared to start research

More information from the press release below.  Note the opportunity to attend an event at ACRL relating to the study as well as receive the full text of the study.  Links are below.

March 5, 2013, Boston, Oxford – A survey developed by librarians and sponsored by Credo found that many college students falsely perceive their level of information literacy. The data collected suggests that while students display an understanding of information skills, they are not successful at the next step —application of the skill. These information skills are critical to success in the classroom, but they also extend beyond campus to prepare students for success on the job and in everyday life.  Continue reading

eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference

I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th.  While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services.  Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.

I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports.  First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models:  A Scorecard for Public Libraries.   Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition).  The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading