Category Archives: Conferences/Events

Department of Commerce needs input on digital first sale by November 13

Several blogs and news sources are reporting on a public meeting regarding the first sale doctrine as it relates to digital files.  Teleread’s Juli Monroe posted last Thursday.  In her post she said, “There’s going to be a public meeting scheduled for December 12 in Washington D.C., and the U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking public comment from all interested stakeholders on the issue of first sale doctrine and digital files, including ebooks.

A notice was published in the Federal Register

Matt Enis at the The Digital Shift also reported on this topic.  He said, “The Department of Commerce encourages librarians and other interested parties to file comments electronically by email to: CopyrightComments2013@uspto.gov before the November 13 deadline.”

ALA’s eCourse on eBooks: Lessons Learned

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

The evolution of the book at the Lima Book Fair

I am in Lima, Peru this week attending and presenting at the Lima Book Fair  (feria internacional del libro de lima).  The fair runs for two weeks, July 19th through August 4th.  About 120 vendors exhibit at the fair and over 600,000 Peruvians are expected to visit.  Lines to enter the book fair circled the block the first weekend. The Peruvians are very attached to books (print especially), which is evident from the large number of bound materials on exhibit at the book fair.  Bookstores abound as well.

The U.S. Embassy in Lima invited me here to speak about eBooks. Continue reading

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