Category Archives: Google Books

Free online academic eBooks increases discovery, but not sales

An article in the Scholarly Kitchen blog summarizes a recent study done by Ronald Snijder of the Amsterdam University Press (AUP).  According to SK, “the study, appearing in the October issue of Learned Publishing, “The profits of free books: an experiment to measure the impact of open access publishing,” describes the results of an experiment in making online books freely available in Google Books and an institutional repository. ”

Clips from the original article, as found in the SK blog post -

  • “OA publishing enhances discovery and online consultation. Within the context of the experiment, no relation could be found between OA publishing and citation rates”
  • “Publishing as OA is still useful by making unaffordable books available [and yet] a sustainable business model cannot be exclusively build on extra sales generated from OA publishing”

Future of Libraries 2010: The Consumer and Library E-book Markets

A must read post from the Librarian in Black blog, Future of Libraries 2010: The Consumer and Library E-book Markets, offers a summation from 3 speakers at this event held in San Francisco on September 21st.  They include Paul Sims, Ann Awakuni, and Henry Bankhead.

A few clips from the post:

Paul Sims, “He believes that eBooks have the potential to disrupt our ability to provide access to collections. He quoted the ALA Core Value about Access: “All information resources that are provided directly or indirectly by the library, regardless of technology, format, or methods of delivery, should be readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all library users.” eBooks are preventing us from meeting this core value.” Continue reading

Google Exec to Speak at Free Virtual Publishing Business Conference

Reprinted in full from Teleread. Thanks, Paul.

Mark Nelson, Strategic Partner Manager & International Lead at Google, will be interviewed during a special keynote event, LIVE during the Publishing Business VIRTUAL Conference & Expo (produced by Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines), Sept. 16 at 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. ET.

Register for Free

The interview will focus on “Google Editions,” Google’s forthcoming new service that will allow users to buy digital copies of books they discover through Google’s book search, and enable book retailers to sell Google Editions through their own sites and share in the revenue from e-book sales. The foundation and distinction of Google Editions versus other online e-bookstores is its “cloud-based” platform, which provides consumers who purchase books with an “electronic bookshelf,” so they can access their books anytime, anywhere, from a variety of electronic devices, via the Internet.

Nelson also will share his perspectives on the future of the book industry, among other important issues surrounding a shifting industry in which Google has been a dominant player.

To reserve your front-row seat (@ your desk), sign up today
Date … Thursday, September 16, 2010
Time … 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (Also available later on-demand)
Where … Your Computer – It’s Virtual
Cost … $0 – It’s Free

Three New eBook Platforms Nearing their Debut

Great post in the Idea Logical Blog about 3 new eBook platforms – Google Editions, blio, and Copia.  The author, Mike Shatzkin, discusses each of the readers angles, pricing, content, and challenges.  Shatzkin’s final take, “So I think we can expect a multi-player ebook market, with some incompatible formats and a lot of incompatible DRM for some years to come. And the players currently in the game can expect their sales to go up but their market share to go down when the three new entrants join the fray this fall. That much seems certain, but very little else does.”

hat tip to @buffyjhamilton for the tweet

New Articles of Interest

Here’s what I’ve been reading (and listening to) this week:

In E-Publishing Revolution, Rights Battle Wears On : NPR

How to self-publish an e-book – CNET News

How will ebookstores earn your loyalty?

New gov’t rules allow unapproved iPhone apps

LibriVox – free audiobooks in the public domain

Upstart E-readers Fade to Black as Tablets Gain Momentum

Cheapie Android tablets: Are libraries planning ahead for them?

Amazon: Kindle Books Now Outselling Hardcovers

30 Million People In U.S. Will Own eReaders By 2015

What Is Google Editions? – Culture – The Atlantic

Publishing & Self-Publishing: Where Is the Tipping Point?

Google Editions: What We Know (and Don’t Know)

Eric Freese, and Aptara Solutions Architect, wrote an article for the Digital Book World blog yesterday, “Google Editions:  what we know and don’t know.”  In this article he discusses content, platforms, partners, EPUB, price, and the possibility of a “gpad” type tablet in the future.  Unfortunately, as the title suggests, there is much we don’t know about Google Editions, but the article is still a great summary.

New Articles of Interest

Another batch of good reads out there this week. Digital textbooks for higher education, eBook readers for schools in MA and FL, and Sony stating eBooks will overtake print within 5 years.

Kno Introduces Groundbreaking Digital Textbook and Learning Platform That Helps College Students “Break Free” from the Drudgery of Studying

Sony: ebooks to overtake print within five years

Headmaster says eliminating books in library is working fine – Local News Updates – MetroDesk – The Boston Globe

Clearwater High School in Florida will ditch textbooks for ALL students and go to Kindles

Google’s eBook Cloud Still Cloudy

Articles of Interest

Some interesting articles and blog posts these past couple weeks on e-books.  The New Yorker article on the iPad, the Kindle and the future of e-books is particularly good.

Google Book Settlement Market Analysis Q&A – 4/22/2010 – Library Journal

The iPad, the Kindle, and the future of books: newyorker.com

More Texas school districts look at whether to switch to online textbooks

Librarians Discuss E-books During Seminar at London Book Fair « ResourceShelf

Key Findings from New Report: Scholarly Book Publishing Practice Report 2010 « ResourceShelf

Ebook sales up 176.6% in 2009 and passes audiobook sales

Can eBooks Save University Presses?

Faculty Survey Warns of Potential Irrelevance for Academic Libraries, Suggests New Roles – 4/8/2010 – Library Journal

Come On In: The New Improved Open Library!

Several universities to issue iPads to students

International Children’s Digital Library to release iPad app

If you’re a book reader, should you buy an iPad? / The Christian Science Monitor – CSMonitor.com

OCLC adding Google Books and HathiTrust records to WorldCat

Great news for eBook exposure!  In an effort to maximize the visibility and value of libraries’ full collections, OCLC is adding records to WorldCat that represent digitized books from the Google Books Library Project and the HathiTrust Digital Library to provide greater access to and increased visibility of these rich digitized collections.

OCLC is working with libraries, Google and the HathiTrust to derive new MARC records that represent these digital collections based on the rich collection of print records contributed to WorldCat by the OCLC membership over the last 40 years. Searchers will begin seeing these records in WorldCat immediately. OCLC will continue to add records for these collections to WorldCat on an ongoing basis.
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New Articles of Interest

I’m way behind on posting links to articles I’ve bookmarked in delicious.  There’s been so much activity in the industry these last few weeks that I can’t keep up.  So, here is a long list of things I’ve found from the past month.

Amazon Ups the Anti in eBook Price Wars; Rumors Say Apple is Shaky on iPad Content for Launch

Focusing on WorldCat, OCLC Sells NetLibrary to EBSCO, Thins FirstSearch – 3/17/2010 – Library Journal

Another publisher discovers free e-books lead to greater sales

Results for Read an EBook Week 2010 by Rita Toews

Ebooks as a textbook saver: can it work for some students?

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