Category Archives: New Products

New Book About eBooks in Libraries – Release in August

I’m thrilled to inform you that No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries will be released in late August.  This edited book, published by ALA Editions, discusses a variety of eBook topics for school, public, and academic libraries.  Since I have a bit of clout with the publisher, I’m able to release the TOC and introduction for your review and consideration.  It is below.  Of course, it will be available in a variety of eBook formats, and print too. Continue reading

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.

inkling – a new platform for mobile learning on iPhone/iPad

What do the words interactive, audio/video, social, modular, desktop, and mobile have in common?  They were all used by John Wiley’s Peter Balis during his Digital Book 2010 presentation to describe inkling, an end-to-end platform for mobile learning.  Peter’s presentation focused on how we learn now and beyond.  He demonstrated many interactive digital content products and  inkling was one of them.  It’s due out in the fall of 2010 and is designed to work with learning content on the iPhone and iPad.  Here’s a cut/paste of the vision statement from the inkling website:

… That’s why we’re building Inkling: a flexible software platform that replaces static, printed material with content that’s centered around the learner. We’re committed to empowering students to learn however they want, wherever they want. In the process, we’ll make education better for everyone involved.

Something tells me we will see a lot more from inkling and similar products supporting a flexible, digital textbook future.   Other Digital Book 2010 presentations are available online from OverDrive, Ingram, O’Reilly, and more.

New Articles of Interest

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.

Kindle and iPad Books Take Longer to Read than Print [STUDY]

The Hub: business model of the future for books and libraries?

The future of publishing(?) – Inside Higher Ed (POD at it’s finest, sp)

Step Too Far on Textbook Costs? – Inside Higher Ed

Department of Justice Takes On Kindle On Campus

Departments of Education and Justice Announce Continuing Commitment to Accessible Technology for All Students | U.S. Department of Education

Amy Chow NYC School Librarian Talks eBooks

Sony Launches Reader Library Program

Many library patrons prefer books to gadgets

Reference Works From Idea to Reality – ALA Session Summary

This post was reprinted in full from the Points of Reference blog at Booklistonline.com.

Each year at the ALA Annual Conference, Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin sponsors a program to discuss various topics related to reference and reference publishing.  This year RBB’s session focused on the process of creating a reference work, from idea to reality.  The speakers included Casper Grathwohl from Oxford University Press, Rolf Janke from SAGE Reference, and Frank Menchaca from Gale/Cengage.  The session was moderated by Sue Polanka, Chair of the RBB Editorial Board.  Each panelist provided a 15 minute presentation on a particular aspect of the publishing process and a general Q/A followed.  I’ll summarize the comments of each panelist below. Continue reading

Springer Introduces New Open Access Journals

I received this press release from Springer and am reposting as written. It’s not eBooks, but it is in support of open access and I do like to promote things open access!

Springer is expanding its open access offering to all disciplines.  SpringerOpen (www.springeropen.com) will cover all disciplines within the science, technology and medicine (STM) fields and will be offered in cooperation with BioMed Central.  The entire content of SpringerOpen journals  – including research articles, reviews, and editorials – are fully and immediately open access, and are accessible to anyone with an internet connection.  No subscription is needed.

“We are seeing an increasing interest from our authors and from funders in all areas for open access publishing options and have responded to a need in the current market,” said Wim van der Stelt, EVP Business Development, Springer.  “We are happy to serve our authors and editorial boards with the publishing options they want and are also pleased to supply universities, research institutions and our other patrons with the ability to use this content online freely and conveniently.” Continue reading

Openlibrary.org offers thousands of free eBook downloads

Great article in the WSJ from June 29th summarizing the Internet Archive’s initiative for openlibrary.org.  The IA along with several libraries, plans to digitize and make available thousands of eBooks for public download to a PC/MAC or reading device.  According to the WSJ article, “with its latest project, the organization is making inroads into the idea of loaning in-copyright books to the masses. Only one person at a time will be allowed to check out a digital copy of an in-copyright book for two weeks. While on loan, the physical copy of the book won’t be loaned, due to copyright restrictions.”

Mad World of eBooks part one – 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

Articles of Interest – eReaders, textbooks

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.

4 Reasons Why the Library Should Affect Your College Choice – US News and World Report

May a library lend e-book readers?

Open-sourced textbooks could ease college costs | NetworkWorld.com Community

Cengage Launches Course System with Content

E-readers race to the bottom as tablet market solidifies

eReader Price Wars Have Commenced

Ray Kurzweil & Blio e-reader: Is it really all that?

Untethered – The future of book publishing

Are Kindle Prices Edging Up?

Will the iPad Kill eReaders?

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