Digital Book World sponsored a webinar today, “Digital Content: Where are publishers investing and what challenges will they need to overcome?
- Speaker: Marc Rubner, VP of Product Marketing at Innodata Consulting; mrubner at innodata dot com
- Marc presented the results of an Innodata Survey conducted by Digital Book World in April of 2012.
What stuck with me the most was the phrase, “content will now be wrapped in software.” The overall tone of the webinar suggested that content will continue to be developed for direct to consumer consumption, in small packages, designed for mobile devices. A couple of additional comments Marc made were that publishers need to repurpose content, repurpose technology, and take control of customer facing technologies. He felt two big hurdles publishers need to cross with rights management were in global rights management and with libraries and the lending of eBooks. The following are my notes from the webinar.
The Online survey tool details -
- 366 media execs, sample from DBW subscriber list, conducted April, 2012
- 31% from adult trade (rest mix of other segments – children’s trade, academic, K-12 education, STM)
- 54% from smallish organizations
- 37% larger organizations
- good mix of executives (29%) and managers/directors (47%) Continue reading
Great news from Follett. Their Digital Reader App is coming this winter and will allow mobile access to content.
Here is a brief statement from the Follett website. Read Follett eBooks anytime, anywhere with the FREE Follett Digital Reading App.
Provide your patrons mobile access to the widest selection of K-12 specific eBooks including picture books, fiction, reference and graphic novels.
Thanks to Anthony Hosmer for the tip on this.
eReaders aren’t designed with accessibility in mind. Ken Petri, Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, contributed a chapter about eBook accessibility to the forthcoming No Shelf Required 2: Use and Management of Ebooks title from ALA Editions. Due to the need for currency of this topic, Ken has posted some material on a website. This information includes:
Ken was interviewed by No Shelf Required back in October of 2010. The post about the interview contains links to many resources.
The rumored news of Kindle offering a lending library has come to fruition. Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy from INFODocket shared this post this morning and gave me permission to repost in full. INFODocket posts all type of in-depth industry news and reports, so check them out for more than eBooks. @INFODocket
UPDATE: Paul Biba at TeleRead has posted a breakdown of the titles (by category) currently available from the Kindle Lending Library.
The rumored Kindle eBook lending service is real and is now live. It will add a new variable as libraries rethink their roles, collection building, eBook services for libraries, and many other issues.
First, some fast facts and links and then a few comments on first learning and digesting the news. As you’ll see there are a number of restrictions and limitations as of today. Of course, if this initial launch is successful, this will very likely change.
Fast Facts (As of Today):
- The Kindle Lending Library is ONLY Available to Those Who Own a Kindle Device AND Subscribe to the Amazon Prime Service
- The Service is Only Available for U.S. Customers
- None of the Six Largest U.S. Publishers are Participating
- Books Can Be Read on Multiple Kindle Devices, as Long as They’re Registered to the Same Eligible Account
- Books CANNOT Be Read on Kindle Reading Apps (Android, iOS, PC, Mac, etc.)
- One Book Can be Borrowed at a Time, and There are No Due Dates
- You Can Borrow a New Book as Frequently as Once a Month, Directly on a Registered Kindle Device, and You Will Be Prompted to Return the Book That You are Currently Borrowing
- If You Have Already Borrowed a Book in that Calendar month, You are Not Yet Eligible to Borrow a New Book Until the Next Calendar Month. There is No “Roll-Over” or Accrual of Unused Borrowing Eligibility
- Bookmarks, Notes, and Highlights are All Available on Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Titles, and Will be Saved to your Amazon.com Account If You Borrow Again or Purchase the Book in the Future, Your Notes and Highlights Will be Available for You
- A Few of Titles Available at Launch Continue reading
Great news from ebrary about the ability to download eBook content to devices. ebrary conducted a study early this year about downloading capabilities. The results of this study discovered that 92% of libraries found offline access to be more or equally important to online access. Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing discussed the survey results during an interview in June. Here’s more from the ebrary press release about the new download functionality:
To further provide researchers with access to authoritative information whenever and wherever they need it, ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced the ability to download e-books onto multiple devices including the Kindle, iPad, iPhone, laptops and other devices. Additionally, the company announced a dedicated mobile application is in development and slated to ship later this year. Continue reading