Category Archives: Mobile Devices

Articles of Interest – What you’ve missed the last two weeks

Many of you have been away on holiday the last two weeks, so here is a list of interesting articles you may have missed:

Go To Hellman: 2011: The Year the eBook Wars Broke Out


Five Big Publishing Stories of 2011 That Will Bleed into 2012 – DigitalBookWorld

Five things we learned about publishing in 2011| O’Reilly Radar

A few future sources of ebook innovation| FutureBook

Kindle Fire On Track For Hundreds Of Impressions TechCrunch

Amazon has over 65,000 ebooks in Kindle Owners Lending Library| publiclibraries.com

Online pirates threaten Kindle profits| Dailymail.co.uk

eReader Shipments Grow 108% in 2011 Mediabistro

How much should an ebook cost? The Domino Project

Seth Godin sees bare-bones future of books thanks to long tail   Teleread

Publishing Insiders Reveal Price-Fixing… The Digital Reader

Parliament looks into UK’s 20% VAT

We must, we must, make VAT dust | FutureBook

UNESCO Launches Global Portal to Track Open Access sspnet.org

Open Educational Resources: The Bridge…EDUCAUSE

Open-Textbook Idea Is Gaining Steam -…Chronicle of Higher Education

A Dialogue on Patron-Driven Acquisitions| Scholarly Kitchen

Articles of Interest – SOPA, Amazon & Local Bookstores, Digital Textbooks

Go To Hellman: Book Lending Ignorance

Go To Hellman: SOPA Could Put Common Library Software in the Soup

More controversy over Amazon price-checking versus independent bookstores | TeleRead

Amazon Doesn’t Care About Your Local Bookstore | Epicenter | Wired.com

Stop Treating $9.99 As The Magic E-Book Price | paidContent

E-Book Readers Face Sticker Shock – WSJ.com

New Mobile Connectivity Options at the Hillsborough Library | NJ.com

Libraries launching Chromebook check-out programs | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad | PCWorld

Kno Giving Away $10 Million in Free eTextbooks — The Digital Shift

The Broader Context of Patron-Driven Acquisitions « The Scholarly Kitchen

Education Department releases new data on academic libraries | Inside Higher Ed -

92% of librarians say offline access to eBooks more or equally important than online access

ebrary has done a number of survey’s over the years.   They recently released the results of their 2011 survey of librarians regarding mobile and offline access.  The results are available (registration required) at http://www.tfaforms.com/222151.  Last June, I interviewed Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing at ebrary about the download survey and ebrary’s new PDA program. Feel free to have a listen.

According to the ebrary press release, “Among other key findings, the survey revealed that 92% of librarians find providing offline access to e-books more or equally important than providing online access.” Continue reading

Follett Digital Reader App coming soon

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.

E-Everything: Putting It All Together

The November, 2011 issue of Against the Grain focuses on the e-everything future.  Edited by Audrey Powers from the University of South Florida, the issue discusses e-content procurement, access models and technology, content integration, first sale doctrine, and much more. It’s a great line-up of contributors and topics.  The table of contents should be posted on their site very soon here:  http://www.against-the-grain.com/toc/

Many of the contributors were also part of the E-Everything pre-conference during the Charleston Conference in early November.  Archived versions of the pre-conference presentation will be available on Against the Grain and Libraries Thriving sites.

Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, and the $79 Kindle

Big news today from Amazon about the forthcoming release of the new Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet to be available on November 15th.  In addition to the Fire, Amazon also introduced  a touchscreen e-reader called Kindle Touch.  It’s black and white with no keyboard and will cost $99 for wi-fi version.  Finally, they announced the $79 non-touchscreen Kindle.  Plenty of news stories are covering the details.  Here is a sampling:

How does Amazon Kindle Fire stack up against competition? – The Washington Post Continue reading

Articles of Interest

Amazon Coming to Spain Next Week – Kindle Store to follow? – eBookNewser

Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Is Very Real. I’ve Seen It, Played With It. | TechCrunch

Hybrid Books: ‘Illuminations’ And The Future of the eReader

On the evilness of the emerging ebook app ecosystem …

We Ask Ken Wissoker: Do We Need to Rethink Academic Publishing?

New ebook format from Amazon | TeleRead

With Digital Up 140% at B&N, Sales Rise, Loss Falls

Uninformed, Unhinged, and Unfair — The Monbiot Rant « The Scholarly Kitchen

George Monbiot – The Lairds of Learning – How did academic publishers acquire these feudal powers?

New ebook format from Amazon | TeleRead

iPad, I Saw, I Waited: The State of E-Textbooks | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

The death of books has been greatly exaggerated | Books | guardian.co.uk

Seniors, Women Embracing Tablets, E-Readers | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Sony’s new 6″ Reader Wi-Fi to offer wireless connectivity to public library systems

From PR Newswire, August 31st:

Sony today announced the launch of the lightest touch screen 6″ eReader device ever, Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1), providing the most natural and immersive reading experience yet for book lovers. The new Reader Wi-Fi builds on the popularity of last year’s line, while reducing size and weight and incorporating new and enhanced features. At under 6 ounces and with a 6″ E-Ink® Pearl V220 touch screen, Reader Wi-Fi is smaller than an average paperback book, can easily fit into a bag or pocket and is available in three color choices: black, red or white.

As part of Sony’s continued effort to support the Public Library System, Reader Wi-Fi will also be the first eReader to offer wireless connectivity to the public library system in the US and Canada via a dedicated icon on the device to allow easy and convenient borrowing of free e-books with a valid library card. Readers can access and download over 2.5 million titles via a Wi-Fi connection from Reader Store or shop from a wide range of bookstores and other websites that provide books in digital formats compatible with Reader Wi-Fi, such as EPUB, PDF and TXT. Continue reading

New Pew study on Higher Education and the Digital Revolution anticipates digital textbooks

Picked up a tweet today from @goodtokno about this new Pew report, The Digital Revolution and Higher Education.  Some snippets of the study are listed below, taken from the Pew study website.  It’s pretty clear from the results that digital content will be necessary to support higher education. Of particular interest is the estimate on digital textbooks – Nearly two-thirds of college presidents (62%) anticipate that 10 years from now, more than half of the textbooks used by their undergraduate students will be entirely digital. Continue reading