Category Archives: EPUB

Articles of Interest: Pottermore version

Great reads today about the launch of e-book sales from Pottermore.

Pottermore Shop (for ebooks, U.S. site)

Announcements:  Potter Available on Nook and Kindle – Digital Book World

You Can Buy the Harry Potter E-Books Now – Here’s What You Need to Know – paidcontent.org

Harry Potter Digital Checkouts Start Thursday – Digital Shift

Why Pottermore Could Change Everything – Digital Book World

What’s the greater fear for publishers? Amazon or Piracy? The Shatzkin Files

Confirmed:  Harry Potter eBooks Are NOT DRM-Free in Kindle Format (or any other bookstore) – The Digital Reader

Articles of Interest

Some numbers on the Kindle owners lending library and KDP – teleread.com

B&N discounting Nooks with periodical subscriptions – marco.org

Barnes & Noble to Offer Nook Discount to Subscribers of 2 publications – nytimes.com

Launching the University Press Content Consortia – wordpress.com

Guggenheim Museum Getting Into eBooks – mediabistro.com

Reddit to Black Itself Out Next Week in Protest of SOPA – theatlantic.com

Ebooks take off over the holidays, says USA Today – teleread.com

Amazon introduces iPad Kindle Store – macworld.com

Brave New World: First Sale Doctrine: Digital Threat or Opportunity – blogspot.com

How Barnes & Noble Can Take a Bite Out of Amazon – sspnet.org

Safari Books Online acquires makers of Ibis Reader – ThreePress Consulting – teleread.com

Ultimate Discovery Engine – publishersweekly.com

Three Library Predictions for 2012 – Andy Woodworth

NISO Releases Updated Draft of SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding – infodocket.com

Kobo has 10x increase in readers over holidays; top ebooks by country – teleread.com

Turn WebPages into Kindle, Epub eBooks with dotEpub – mediabistro.com

My Argument for Public Access to Research Reports – sspnet.org

House takes Senate’s bad Internet censorship bill, tries to make it worse – arstechnica.com

More Than a Million eReaders Were Given Away in the UK This Season – mediabistro.com

Full Text Article: The Evolution of E-books and Interlibrary Loan in Academic Libraries – infodocket.com

LJ/SLJ eBook Summit Summary Articles

The 2nd annual LJ/SLJ eBook Summit held on Wednesday offered some fantastic discussions on the implementation of eBooks in a variety of libraries.  Below are links to several articles and blog posts which summarize many of the sessions.

Keynote/State:  Dramatic Growth | LJ‘s Second Annual Ebook Survey

School Library Stas:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: More School Libraries Offer Ebooks; Increased Demand, Rise in Circulation

Keynote:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit Panelists Remind Librarians of an Old Creed: Free to All

Academic Panel:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Academic Panel Tackles PDA, Ebook Discovery

Academic Panel:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Making Ebooks Visible at Academic Libraries

Public Library Panel:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Offering Patrons More Than One Delivery Platform

Articles of Interest

This is a super long list – so much going on in the past week.

Amazon bites Apple, by Meredith Greene | TeleRead

Ebook sales doubled in July | TeleRead

Digital Public Library of America: Pro and Con

Four Librarians, Four Ereaders, One Month

EPUB 3 Becomes Final IDPF Specification | TeleRead

Peter Brantley on preserving digital copies | TeleRead

The Emergence of the Disposable E-Book Reader — An Inflection Point in Ambient Computing? « The Scholarly Kitchen

Amazon Places Kindle Fire Products In New “Seesaw” Spinoff

Kansas State Librarian Can Transfer Thousands of Titles from OverDrive to 3M at No Charge

Store for safekeeping – DIGITAL PRESERVATION – Research Information

Which format has the cheapest eBooks? (infographic) – eBookNewser

Will the E-Book Kill the Footnote? – NYTimes.com

Perseus Creates New Service for Authors Seeking to Self-Publish – NYTimes.com

OverDrive: “A Note on Library Patron and Student Privacy” « INFOdocket

Lightening fast interlibrary loan

Authors Guild adds international writers groups to HathiTrust lawsuit; says universities acting as “pirates” | TeleRead

66% of Schoolchildren Never Plan to Give up Paper Books – eBookNewser

Amazon & Google Open eBookstores In France, UK – GalleyCat


BookRiff – a new digital publishing platform to go live this month

A colleague forwarded me an Outsell article about a new venture, BookRiff.  Ned May, who wrote the article, states, “Bookriff, yet another digital publishing platform, will soon go live. Yet while it is entering a crowded field, this one is worth a close look as it has the potential to take hold, and significant potential to disrupt.”

According to the BookRiff blog, users can create their own book by piecing together chapters, articles, or other content.  Users pay for content which is delivered in a variety of formats (print-on-demand coming soon) and rights holders are given royalties.   The BookRiff goal is to be fun and easy to use.

More from the Outsell article:  “What makes BookRiff unique is its focus on enabling the creation of new works by providing a seamless platform for supporting the necessary business rules. Leadership of the company believes there is a broad market for these new compilations of content if they can be effortlessly assembled while respecting all the rights, permissions and pricing of the underlying parts. To that end, they have built a core technology platform that enables a license holder to easily upload, separate, tag and set a price for content while also setting rules for redistribution. By default, books are broken into chapters for resale but the system will accept any subdivision the content creator wants to offer. The required file format for ingestion is ePub and the platform checks the integrity of the file before posting to the system as well as using the underlying coding to determine chapter breaks.”

Download e-books from ScienceDirect in EPUB and mobi formats

Yesterday we had a visit from our Elsevier Account Manager who updated us on the SciVerse Hub as well as e-book content within ScienceDirect.  I learned several interesting things during the session including:

  • ScienceDirect e-books can be downloaded for offline reading in EPUB and Mobipocket formats. I believe they said chapters, not the entire book. This was launched in May.
  • E-books contain no DRM, so there are no limits on printing, copying, etc.
  • E-books follow the same rules as journals for ILL (at which they said their ILL rules finally allow for the direct download/sharing of a PDF rather than printing and faxing/scanning)
  • ScienceDirect has an application called “related reference work articles” which lists relevant articles from their encyclopedias and new SciTopics content for any search done in the interface.  The applications are available for download in the applications marketplace and can be customized by individuals or institutions for the SciVerse interface.
  • In the ScienceDirect use logs, they find that most users who are looking for books get to ScienceDirect via the University Library site, as compared to those looking for journals, who primarily come from Google.

Additional information on the use of e-books on ScienceDirect is available in a white paper, “A Study on the Usage, Application, and Value of Online Books on ScienceDirect in an Academic Environment.”  It can be downloaded from their site at no cost, but registration is required.  The white paper includes the charts/graphs showing how users get to content on ScienceDirect.

OverDrive app for Windows phone now available

More great news for OverDrive users.  The new Windows phone app is available for download from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

More from the press release:  Readers at 15,000 public, school, and corporate libraries can now download eBooks and audiobooks directly to their Windows Phone with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app. This new app enables users to find a library that offers digital books, and then download and enjoy EPUB eBooks, as well as MP3 audiobooks, on their device. Libraries offer bestselling titles, such as “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen and “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, which can now be borrowed and enjoyed on popular Windows Phone devices, such as LG Quantum™, Samsung Focus™, and HTC Trophy™. Continue reading

Articles of Interest

Sorry for the long list, I was out last week and didn’t get to post this.

News: The E-Reader Effect – Inside Higher Ed

Ten must-have iPad apps for readers, by Jane Litte | TeleRead

Kindle/Nook Touch comparison review | TeleRead

E-Readers and the Future of Reading: Notes from Florida

Nook WiFi and Kobo eReader Touch Edition assault the Amazon Kindle fortress: a chart — Engadget

Creating a New University Press « The Scholarly Kitchen

Cambridge University Press to recreate textbooks for iPad | TeleRead

Amazon Makes Move to Join Book Publishing Big Leagues — Tech News and Analysis

Aptara Signs Inkling For Digital Textbooks – eBookNewser

Back to the Future: The Changing Paradigm for College Textbooks and Libraries — Campus Technology

Barnes & Noble goes after Kindle with Nook Simple Touch Reader

E-book report: Nook is up, iPad still catching up – USATODAY.com

What Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) Does and Doesn’t Mean: An FAQ « The Scholarly Kitchen

An Ebook Pilot Project Tests Collaboration of Publishers and Libraries

Overdrive, Evernote now support the NookColor | The Digital Reader

The Kno Textbook App Hits The iPad

Go To Hellman: EPUB Really IS a Container

Google books settlement conference settles on more time to settle | TeleRead

Open Access eBooks, part 4, by Eric Hellman

From Eric Hellman’s blog, Go To Hellman – The fourth section my book chapter on Open Access eBooks looks at theier relationship with libraries.  I previously posted the IntroductionWhat does Open Access mean for eBooks and Business Models for Creation of Open Access E-Books. I’ll be posting one more section, a conclusion.

Thank you for all of your comments; the completed chapter (and OA eBook) will be better for them.

Libraries and Open Access E-Books
One of the missions of libraries is to provide access to all sorts of information, including e-books. If an e-book is already open access, what role is left for libraries play?

Here’s a thought-experiment for libraries: imagine that the library’s entire collection is digital. Should it include Shakespeare? Should it include Moby Dick? These are available as public domain works from Project Gutenberg; providing these editions in a library collection might seem to be superfluous. Many librarians have been trying to convince their patrons that “free stuff on the Internet” is often inferior to the quality information available through libraries. There are certainly e-book editions of these works available for purchase with better illustrations, better editing, annotations, etc. Should libraries try to steer patrons to these resources instead of using the free stuff? Continue reading

NISO Launches E-book Special Interest Group

Great news from NISO about a new special interest group:  The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and its Architecture Committee are pleased to announce the creation of a Special Interest Group focused on E-books (the NISO E-book SIG). Simultaneous with the formation of the group, NISO is issuing a call for participation in the E-book SIG and its associated monitoring group. The E-book SIG will explore a range of industry best practices and standards related to the creation, distribution, discovery, delivery, and preservation of digital book content. The primary responsibilities of the group will be to continuously monitor and review the state of the industry for e-books and to suggest areas for new initiatives within NISO or areas where NISO can engage with other communities on e-book work underway outside of NISO. The group will also host thought leader meetings and commission relevant research to advance the state of the industry. Continue reading