Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox, Ltd. sent me this story he wrote about snatching ebooks. I think it’s a clever tale showing us the sad state of ebook borrowing in many of our libraries. He gave me permission to post it here.
Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading
by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO, Total Boox Ltd.
Its 5:20 PM. My wife should be home in about half an hour. I promised I’d do the dishes and have the place looking decent when she returns. I have 47 pages to go with my book, and I’m dying to complete it. Yes, I can complete it before it expires and evaporates from my device at 5:46, but then, the dishes. The sink looks like a railroad crash on a rainy day. Continue reading
Last week at the Charleston Conference I had a chance to chat with Adam Chesler. Adam is the Director of Library Relations for two start-up presses, Business Expert Press and Momentum Press. During our interview we discussed the business models of eBooks, DRM, and SERU and the user friendly business models of the presses Adam represents.
Adam’s interview and over 50 others are available on the No Shelf Required interviews page.
From the press release:
Tom Doherty Associates, publishers of Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen, today announced that by early July 2012, their entire list of e-books will be available DRM-free.
“Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time,” said president and publisher Tom Doherty. “They’re a technically sophisticated bunch, and DRM is a constant annoyance to them. It prevents them from using legitimately-purchased e-books in perfectly legal ways, like moving them from one kind of e-reader to another.”
DRM-free titles from Tom Doherty Associates will be available from the same range of retailers that currently sell their e-books. In addition, the company expects to begin selling titles through retailers that sell only DRM-free books. Continue reading
March 12, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA – Bookshare, the global leader in providing digital accessible books to people with print disabilities, today announced its 10th anniversary. Throughout the last ten years, Bookshare has been at the forefront of the digital book revolution, applying Silicon Valley technology to pioneer an innovative new approach to a library for individuals with print disabilities.
Jim Fruchterman, the CEO and founder of the nonprofit Benetech, the parent organization of Bookshare, envisioned a library of eBooks formed by volunteers digitizing and legally sharing them over the Internet with others with qualified print disabilities (such as blindness, low vision, physical disabilities, or severe learning disabilities). A former rocket scientist and 2006 MacArthur Fellow, Fruchterman acted on his vision and launched Bookshare, introducing an innovative new approach to reading for an underserved population. Continue reading
Internet Librarian Conference 2011 – Ebooks: Putting the Issues on the Table
Presenters: Bobbi L. Newman – Learning Consultant and author Librarian by Day blog, Sarah Houghton – Asst. Director San Rafael Public Library and author LibrarianInBack.net, Amy Affelt – Director of Database Research Compass Lexecon, and Faith Ward – Librarian Garrison Forest School
These notes are my interpretation of the presentation. Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.
Bobbi Newman – small percent of the US population owns an eReader according to Pew Internet Research study. Digital divide – not just about having an eReader to read eBooks – must have internet access at home and a computer capable of hosting Adobe Digital Editions. 2,000 titles is not an opening day collection – you need more titles and a long term plan for eBooks. Kindle library borrowing – very happy about the smooth transition to getting books onto devices. We got a bad deal – Amazon has access to lots of statistics and they are not sharing those with us. Continue reading