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 Douglas County Libraries (Colorado) have embarked on a quest to purchase eBook content to load on their own Adobe Content Server. The first milestone in the project was a partnership with the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. Since then, they have made headway with Gale and Lerner Digital. Jordana Vincent, Collection Development Librarian at Douglas County Libraries and I discussed the project in a recent NSR interview. Ms. Vincent discusses several innovative ideas coming from DCL and offers much detail about the current project. She can be reached for more info at jvincent at dclibraries dot org. Continue reading
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.
Yesterday I had a lovely visit with Barbara Genco and Josh Hadro from Library Journal. We discussed the upcoming LJ/SLJ eBook Summit - eBooks: The New Normal. Barbara and I recorded a quick interview about the program. She discusses the organization of the virtual summit, highlights keynote speakers and activities, and offers advice on who should attend the summit.
For those of you who prefer to read the details, or perhaps register for the event, check out the web site – The Digital Shift
Barbara G’s interview, and over 40 others are available on the NSR Interviews page.
During the ALA Conference I interviewed Dan Stasiewski, Public Relations Manager at OverDrive. Dan and I discussed the new WIN platform and the enhanced OverDrive Help which will launch in a few months. Dan provides some details on DRM, formats, patron-driven acquisition, and simultaneous use titles.
For more information, visit Overdrive.com or the Overdrive blog. You can also Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan’s interview along with 40+ others are available on the NSR interviews page.
Last Saturday at the ALA Conference I met with Rick Lumsden, Executive Director for Institutional Sales and Marketing for Britannica. We discussed Britannica’s new ebook platform and their mobile apps. More information about Britannica’s ebooks and previews of the books can be found at ebooks.eb.com.
Rick’s interview and over 40 others are available on the NSR interviews page.
On Sunday I met with Matt Barnes, Vice President of Marketing, for ebrary. Matt and I discussed ebrary’s new patron driven acquisition model, searching ebrary content through the ProQuest interface, and the results of an ebrary mobility study on the need for downloadable ebooks. Matt shares a few of the results, which are not yet published. For more information on ebrary, visit www.ebrary.com or contact email@example.com.
Matt’s interview and over 40 others are available on the NSR interviews page.
ALA is a great time to connect with librarians and publishers for audio interviews. Today I met with Dan Stasiewski at OverDrive to discuss the new OverDrive WIN platform features and Rick Lumsden from Encyclopaedia Britannica to discuss the new Britannica eBook platform. Tomorrow I’ll be with Matt Barnes of ebrary to discuss the new PDA business model and a recent survey ebrary conducted on downloadable ebooks. I hope to get these posted early next week. Stay tuned.
On Friday I interviewed Jude Norris, Marketing and Technology Director for Dawson Books. Dawson offers over 170,000 books (mostly academic). Jude discussed the recent acquisition of Dawson Books by Smiths News PLC, the Dawsonera eBook platform and DawsonEnter, the ordering system for print and electronic books. More information about Dawson books can be found at the following:
Jude’s interview, along with 30+ others are on the NSR interviews page.
Yesterday I spoke with Dr. Sven Fund, the CEO of DeGruyter. News to me, DeGruyter has been publishing for 262 years! We discussed DeGruyter’s ebook program including their e-ditions program. E-ditions provides “on demand” requests for digital or print copies of thousands of backlist titles. Listen to the interview here.
Over 30 interviews with librarians, publishers, aggregators, and others in the information industry are available on the NSR interviews page.