Each week the number of blog posts and articles relating to eBooks, publishing, and eReaders is on the rise. This week was no exception. Articles I am linking to focus on the use of readers in elementary schools and higher ed and how fast/slow reading is on devices, future of publishing and business models, textbook costs, and the new SONY reader library program.
Last Saturday while exploring the ALA Annual exhibit hall, I had the chance to sit down and chat with Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive. There is always so much going on with OverDrive, and the interview highlights so much of this. Have a listen.
Interviews with Steve Potash and over 20 other individuals are available on the NSR interviews page.
See parts one and two of this session for more information. The session was described by one of the speakers as “speed dating for eBooks”- evaluating the relationships between libraries, publishers, vendors. Best thing I heard all day.
Group three – Becky Clark, Johns Hopkins, Alex Holzman, Temple UP, Rob Kairis and Kay Downey, OhioLINK Continue reading Mad World of eBooks – part three, ALA Discussion
On Saturday morning at ALA, a group of librarians and publishers gathered together to discuss the world of eBooks, particularly aspects of consortial purchasing. Each hour of the discussion a panel of publishers and librarians was on hand to lead the discussion.
The event was organized by Michael Zeoli at YBP, Julie Gammon at the University of Akron, and Tony Horava at OCUL. Michael began the event with general slides about eBook and print book availability and sales. He also offered a few anonymous comments from librarians. I’ll try to get copies of his slides to post. Continue reading Mad World of eBooks part one – ALA discussion
Some really interesting articles and blog posts this week about a variety of eBook issues including: eReader prices, lending eReaders in libraries, open source textbooks and new Cengage textbook content.
Alix Vance of Architrave Consulting sent me a link to a presentation she did last month at the SSP conference. Her presentation focuses on delivering reference content via mobile devices. It’s quite interesting, have a look.
You are cordially invited to the Electronic Resources Management Interest Group ALCTS/LITA meeting at ALA 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
- Program: Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries and End-Users
- Date: Friday, June 25th, 2010
- Time: 4:00pm—5:15pm
- Location: Hilton Washington-Fairchild Room
- Speakers: Aaron Wood, Director of Software Product Management, Alexander Street Press. Former Metadata Librarian and Assistant Head of Technical Services at the University of Calgary and Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University Libraries Continue reading ALA Session – Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries, and End-Users
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
Headmaster says eliminating books in library is working fine – Local News Updates – MetroDesk – The Boston Globe
Just saw an article about Kno, a new company launching a digital textbook platform and reader. The device offers a two panel tablet for viewing textbook material in true form by maintaining page structure, charts, graphs, and other non-text elements. The device allows note taking and highlighting and offers Wi-Fi and 3-G access. Kno has already contracted with 4 academic textbook publishers including Wiley, McGraw Hill, Pearson, and Cengage Learning. For more info, see this article from gigaom or the press release on business wire. Twitter @GoodtoKNO
Rob Reynolds, from the Xplana blog has a great piece on the transformation of textbook publishing. Rob discusses the history and context of textbook publishing, current business models, product types on the market today, and challenges and strategies for the success of digital textbook adoption (and sales). It’s a great overview, I highly recommend it.