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.”
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
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.
Oxford University Press recently released it’s product, Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO). This collection of dictionaries, thesauri, and usage guides contains 350,000+ entries and definitions, 600,000+ synonyms and antonyms, and audio pronunciations. The collection will be regularly updated.
Can I insert this into Word and other programs? That would be great if offered.
ebrary announced the availability of two new ebook collections, one for business and the other for aerospace.
The Business Complete collection offers about 1600 business eBook titles ranging in topics from leadership to accounting and HR to sales and marketing.
The Aerospace collection (number of titles not mentioned in PR) contains such topics as aerodynamics and aeronautics, turbulence, fluid dynamics, shipbuilding, and vibration.
Ingram announced on June 9th a partnership with Pedia Press to POD customized books created from wiki material. Pedia Press supports the “Create a Book” feature within Wikipedia and other wiki based sites.
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
ebrary announced a new pilot program for it’s new public library collection. The collection contains 20,000 titles ranging from fiction to life skills, and careers to arts and crafts. Simultaneous, multi-user access is available for this collection in addition to ebrary’s DASH (Do-it-yourself publishing platform). Local public high schools get free access with the public library subscription. The ebrary school library program (announced earlier this year) is a subset of the public library collection.