Here is an interesting example of enhanced ebooks from two Princeton writers. I’m impressed with their generosity. Sales benefit U.S. libraries and literacy projects. The first Scarlet Oak donations will go to three libraries they especially admire: Seattle Public, the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Illinois, and Sinte Gleska University, located on the Rosebud Reservation in Mission, South Dakota.
Here’s more from their press release:
Two Princeton writers have launched Scarlet Oak Press, publishing enhanced e-editions of the classic public-domain texts behind major new films. Designed for book club, library, classroom and family enjoyment, all Scarlet Oak titles are $0.99 via Kindle, and available for lending. Sales benefit U.S. libraries and literacy projects. Continue reading Scarlet Oak Press provides enhanced editions of classic titles and supports libraries
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.”
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.
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 Enhanced e-books and “portal books” – publisher/library partnerships
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?
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 Ingram’s Vital Source acquires VPG Integrated Media, specializing in enhanced e-textbooks
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.