Category Archives: Enhanced eBooks

Copia releases a free, contextually annotated eBook – Pride and Prejudice

Enhanced eBooks are the future and Copia demonstrates this with their new annotated version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  It’s a free download for the Copia desktop reader.

According to Seth Kaufman, VP of Marketing and Merchandising, “the Copia version offers a glimpse into the future of what an interactive eBook can be, of how educators can teach inside a book, of the possibilities for distance learning.” This new edition features 140 annotations from Professor Susan Fraiman of the University of Virginia. Kaufman also said of the annotated version, “It is also a way to demonstrate how authors and publishers can make old content new again. While it took Fraiman a while to write her commentary, adding the 140 annotations into the eBook took only a few hours, because Copia’s eReader is also a publishing tool that allows anyone to add content.”

Blio and Axis 360 from Baker & Taylor – an interview with Michael Bills

Last week I interviewed Michael Bills,  Director for Sales, Digital Products,  from Baker & Taylor about their eReader software, Blio.  Michael discussed the functionality of Blio and discussed Axis 360, a hosting and circulation platform for the Blio reader.

For more information on blio, visit http://www.baker-taylor.com/blio.cfm

Michaels interview, along with 40+ others are available on the NSR interviews page.

Articles of Interest

Amazon Coming to Spain Next Week – Kindle Store to follow? – eBookNewser

Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Is Very Real. I’ve Seen It, Played With It. | TechCrunch

Hybrid Books: ‘Illuminations’ And The Future of the eReader

On the evilness of the emerging ebook app ecosystem …

We Ask Ken Wissoker: Do We Need to Rethink Academic Publishing?

New ebook format from Amazon | TeleRead

With Digital Up 140% at B&N, Sales Rise, Loss Falls

Uninformed, Unhinged, and Unfair — The Monbiot Rant « The Scholarly Kitchen

George Monbiot – The Lairds of Learning – How did academic publishers acquire these feudal powers?

New ebook format from Amazon | TeleRead

iPad, I Saw, I Waited: The State of E-Textbooks | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

The death of books has been greatly exaggerated | Books | guardian.co.uk

Seniors, Women Embracing Tablets, E-Readers | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Articles of Interest

Exclusive: What Electronic Textbook Provider Has The Biggest Library?

Why Print Can Exist in Harmony with Digital | Apartment Therapy Unplggd

The Laboratorium: Google Books Settlement, 2008-2011

Next Steps in the eReader Journey: The Nook Simple Touch « The Unquiet Librarian

Digital Public Library of America announces “Beta Sprint” | TeleRead

Court of Appeals kills any possibility of Google Books settlement | TeleRead

Apple and the Big Six publishers face another class action price-fixing lawsuit | TeleRead

Kno adds interactive digital features to iPad textbook app | TeleRead

Will Facebook become an ebook publisher? | TeleRead

Booktrack adds soundtracks to e-books…but does anyone really want them? | TeleRead

Court Rules First Sale Doctrine Only Applies to Works Manufactured in U.S.

Digital Textbooks Go Global, Go Multimedia, Go Mainstream | Publishing Perspectives

What Students Don’t Know – Inside Higher Ed

Enhanced e-books and “portal books” – publisher/library partnerships

The following is the second post from Sylvia Miller, Project Director, “The Long Civil Rights Movement,” University of North Carolina Press.  This post discusses enhanced e-books and “portal books,” those that offer multimedia links from annotations within the book.

This is a follow up to a recent posting on what we have learned from the LCRM Project’s online publishing pilot.

This blog post has two sections:

1.  Publisher-library partnerships and enhanced e-books
2.  Links to related “portal books” projects and enhanced e-books Continue reading

Lessons Learned: The UNC Press ‘Long Civil Rights Movement’ pilot project summarized

Sylvia Miller, Project Director for “Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement,” University of North Carolina Press has given me permission to post in entirety, the following.  It is a summary of the Long Civil Rights Movement pilot project, which took place over the past 14 months.

This post contains 4 sections:

1. Close of the online pilot
2. The expected, the unexpected, and in between
3. What did we learn?
4. What is next for the LCRM Project?

Coming soon:  A follow-up post on enhanced e-books Continue reading

Ingram’s Vital Source acquires VPG Integrated Media, specializing in enhanced e-textbooks

From an Ingram Press Release:  Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced that Vital Source has grown its e-textbook offering with the acquisition of VPG Integrated Media (VPG), a leading developer of award-winning enhanced e-textbook applications, interactive learning objects and e-whiteboard content, and state-of-the-art video, audio, and animation production services for educational publishers.

The acquisition of VPG has expanded the ability of Vital Source to further enhance the digital learning experience. Vital Source and VPG, together, present an unmatched e-textbook offering that meets the demands of publishers, educators, and students in this new era of learning opportunities. The joining of VPG’s ability to turn a textbook into an interactive experience, Vital Source’s proven e-textbook platform and its strong relationships with publishers, institutions and students will streamline the creation and distribution of digital books globally. Continue reading

Articles of Interest

eBook Tops All Trade Publishing Categories in February – eBookNewser

World Book Mobile Launched

Libraries and E-Content: Toward a More Universal Design

Copyright Office submission to Congress: analysis of digitization and legal framework of the Google case

David Rothman speculates On A Two Part National Digital Library

More Graphic Textbooks from Flat World Knowledge

The End of Content Ownership | Lance Ulanoff | PCMag.com

Could you create an open textbook?

Inkling: Changing the Textbook Industry — with the iPad – Tom …

CQ Press takes traditional print directories to a new level with First Street

First Street™ was launched this month by CQ Press. The new database takes data from 20 years of CQ Press print directories and a variety of other political resources and cross references them for relationships.  They have a visual aspect as well, called coalition builder.  It’s fascinating to see how traditional print reference directories have come to new life in online databases.  More information on First Street is available in an article from Information Today.

OhioLINK receives $750,000 EDUCAUSE grant for multimedia course material

OhioLINK has been named a recipient of a $750,000 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), a new initiative focused on identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to dramatically improve college readiness and completion, especially for low-income young adults. OhioLINK’s winning project will build off of its successful Ohio Digital Bookshelf program by creating multimedia and self-assessment tools to help students succeed in fundamental math and applied engineering courses. OhioLINK’s proposal was one of 29 recipients chosen out of 600 pre-proposals and 50 finalists. Continue reading