Great news from Gale/Cengage and YBP (Baker & Taylor). GVRL, LitCrit and Gale Directory titles can now be purchased through YBP services. This is wonderful news and comes on the heels of the recenet B&T and ebrary partnership. Clearly publishers and aggregators are finally working together to make purchasing ebooks as seamless as the print book. It’s about time! What is unclear in the press release is the pricing of Gale titles. Typically these are sold on a Tier model, based on FTE. I’ll post more once I hear about the pricing.
I read this article in LJ about another library digitization/print-on demand product. This time it’s with the University of Pennsylvania (UP) and Kirtas. UP is now part of the elite group of libraries providing print-on-demand services including University of Michigan, Emory, and Cornell.
The UP project will scan books in the public domain (200,000), but only when a title is requested by an end user. So, it’s kind of like the Patron Driven Acquisition ebook model, but now it’s being done in reverse. Take the print, digitize it, then print a copy on demand to ship to a user. Price information was not listed on the UP Press Release.
For the first time in history, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Dartmouth Award, designating outstanding quality and significance to a reference source, was given to an electronic resource. Greenwood’s Pop Culture Universe, was the 2009 recipient. The Committee selected Pop Culture Universe because it compiles over 300 sources of pop culture information into a fun, user-oriented platform complete with a blog; in essence, Pop Culture Universe signifies the future of reference. And, as you would expect from a forward thinking reference publisher, they’ve already got a press release on the blog of PCU!
More on the Dartmouth Award from the ALA site:
Established in 1974, this medal honors the creation of a reference work of outstanding quality and significance, including, but not limited to: writing, compiling, editing, or publishing books or electronic information. The award is given to works that have been published or made available for the first time during the calendar year preceding the presentation of the award. Dartmouth Medal Honorable Mention certificates may also be presented.
Dartmouth College established sponsorship of the award in 1974 upon the suggestion of Dean Lathem, Dartmouth College librarian. Dartmouth College commissioned the internationally celebrated graphic artist Rudolph Ruzicka to design the bronze medal. Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, who presided not only over the arts and sciences, but over all intellectual aspects of human life, is featured against a filigree of olive branches.
CLEVELAND, OH, Jan 15 (MARKET WIRE) –
Cleveland Public Library (http://emedia.clevnet.org) today became the
first public library to offer eBook downloads in the industry standard
EPUB format. Readers at both Cleveland Public Library and CLEVNET member
libraries can check out and download EPUB eBooks from the library’s
download website. The EPUB files are optimized for the Sony(R) Reader and
can also be read on a PC or Mac(R) with free Adobe(R) Digital Editions
software. More than 8,500 libraries powered by OverDrive
(www.overdrive.com) will soon be able to offer eBooks in the EPUB format,
along with more than 150,000 titles in audiobook, eBook, music, and video
formats, many of which are compatible with both Mac and iPod(R).
Patron-defined lending periods will also be available for the first time
today at http://emedia.clevnet.org. The new feature allows libraries to
offer a variety of borrowing options, such as 7, 14, or 21 day lending
periods. Fast readers can now select a shorter checkout time, allowing
them to borrow more titles from their library. Patron-defined lending
periods, EPUB eBooks, and other upcoming enhancements will be
demonstrated at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting 2009
Jan. 23-26 (Booth #2042).
EPUB is a reflowable, XML-based format for eBooks and other digital
publications developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum
(www.idpf.org) and adopted by leading publishers and technology firms as
the industry standard for eBooks. OverDrive, an IDPF member company, is
the only library download service that supports EPUB and integrates the
format into a single platform for delivering digital audiobooks, eBooks,
music, and video to library customers. More information on the EPUB
format is available at
“EPUB eBooks are enhanced for mobile reading with reflowable text to fit
any screen and are compatible with the Sony Reader,” said David Burleigh,
director of marketing for OverDrive. “Major publishers such as Hachette
Book Group USA, Random House, and HarperCollins offer eBooks to libraries
in this emerging standard format, so library customers will be able to
enjoy award-winning and best-selling EPUB eBooks with just their library
card and an Internet-connected computer.”
“Introducing the EPUB format in the library market will enhance the eBook
experience for library patrons, as well as accelerate the wide-spread
adoption of this standard for digital reflowable text,” said Michael
Smith, executive director of the IDPF. “More publishers are utilizing
EPUB as they digitize front and backlist titles to provide a greater
selection for digital library patrons.”
OverDrive distributes thousands of EPUB eBooks from top publishers. EPUB
eBooks by James Patterson, Stephenie Meyer, David Sedaris, Janet
Evanovich, Elmore Leonard, Lisa Kleypas, and Brad Meltzer will soon be
available to libraries powered by OverDrive. Popular and best-selling
EPUB titles will also be available, including “Dewey: The Small Town
Library Cat,” “Things I’ve Learned from Women Who’ve Dumped Me,”
“Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion,” and “Gossip Girl.”
All EPUB eBook downloads from the OverDrive-powered library download
website are borrowed just like a print book. A library customer can browse
a library’s digital catalog for titles, check out a title with a library
card, and download the eBook to his or her home computer. The titles can
be transferred from the library customer’s home computer to a Sony Reader
PRS-505 (with proper firmware installed) or PRS-700 using the Adobe
Digital Editions software. At the end of the lending period, the file
automatically expires and Adobe Digital Editions prompts the user to
delete the title from his or her computer.
OverDrive powers download media catalogs at thousands of libraries
worldwide, including institutions in New York, Singapore, Boston, and
Toronto. To see if your library is a member of the OverDrive network,
visit http://search.overdrive.com. OverDrive also operates the Digital
Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com), a high-tech 18-wheeler that
travels coast-to-coast raising awareness about free library downloads.
OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks,
audiobooks, music, and video. We deliver secure management, DRM
protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers
and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers serving millions of
end users. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH.
| Read an E-Book Week (March 8 – 14) is fast approaching. In preparation for the big event this year we have completely redone our website – http://www.ebookweek.comThis year we welcome several new supporters – Tor.com, Sony, world-renowned author, Warren Adler, and E Ink to name a few.
Mr. Adler has provided an interesting article for our home page and two well-known guest writers are working on articles about the future of e-books for the website.
Help us celebrate Read an E-Book Week. Let us know what your library or organization has planned for the event and we’ll include you on our Partners page. Perhaps it will be a challenge read, or someone will staff a learn-how-to-download-e-books station to help newbie users.
If you would like a banner for your website they are available for downloading at: http://www.ebookweek.com/ebook_banners.html Feel free to resize them to fit your needs.
Founder – Read an E-Book Week
From the new EBL blog:
Sony Reader and Adobe announced the release of Digital Editions firmware which can be loaded onto the Sony Reader PR505 and the new PR700. As EBL download uses Adobe Digital Editions, EBL ebooks can now be loaded onto Sony Reader devices.
You can read more about the software and how to get it to work on the Sony Reader here…
EBL is one of the only major ebook providers which enables downloading to Adobe Digital Editions and so is among the first to be able to offer downloads to reader devices!
ebrary Announces On-Demand MARC Records
January 6, 2009 – Palo Alto, CA – ebrary®, a leading provider of e-content software and services, today announced that customers can now immediately upload free MARC records for individual titles they purchase as well as e-books and other documents added to the company’s subscription databases. Additionally, ebrary’s new MARC features make it easier for customers to manage MARC records and upload large batches.
“As well as providing our customers with the best possible technology for acquiring, sharing, and distributing authoritative digital content, we also strive to provide support and services that make it easier for librarians and information professionals to use and integrate our products,” said Neal Strickberger, ebrary’s Vice President of MIS and Customer Operations. “In gathering feedback from our customers, we heard loud and clear that developing a quicker, more efficient way to obtain and manage MARC records would greatly enhance our offerings. We are pleased to make this request a reality through on-demand MARC features.”
Available today, ebrary’s on-demand MARC features offer the following capabilities:
* Instant MARC updates – Customers can download new MARC records for purchased titles and additions to subscription e-book collections at any time, as incremental or complete record sets.
* MARC records separated by collection – Customers with multiple subscription collections and purchased titles can download complete or incremental sets of MARC records for specific collections.
* Deleted MARC records – Customers can now obtain deleted records as MARC delete records or on an Excel spreadsheet.
* Complete MARC record sets for large collections – To simplify loading, complete MARC loads are now available from ebrary’s extranet site as batches of 5,000 in a single ZIP file.
About ebrary (www.ebrary.com)
ebrary® is a leading provider of e-content services and technology. The company helps libraries, publishers, and other organizations disseminate valuable information to end-users, while improving end-user research and document interaction.
The company has developed a flexible e-content platform, which customers may use in a number of different, integrated capacities: ebrary customers may purchase or subscribe to e-books and other content under a variety of pricing and access models, and they may license the ebrary platform to distribute, sell, and market their own content online. All options are delivered using a customizable interface and include a choice of ebrary Readers with QuickView™ for instant viewing in a browser and InfoTools™ software which provide contextual searching and integration with multiple online resources..
ebrary currently offers a growing selection of more than 170,000 e-books and other titles from more than 300 leading publishers and aggregators.
Founded in 1999, ebrary is privately held and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, USA.
Library and Public Relations
I just had a nice conversation with John Barnes, Executive VP Strategic Marketing and Business Development, at Gale/Cengage. I asked John if Gale would be introducing new business models directed towards end users with their recent acquisition of HighBeam. Below is a brief summary of our discussion. Thanks John.
HighBeam’s clients are a combination of students and small businesses.
Gale/Cengage for several years has offered Goliath: Business Knowledge on Demand, which consists of business information, targeted to small business clients.
With the acquisition of HighBeam, Gale now owns encyclopedia.com, which John says, “has untapped potential to connect users to the library.” Their mission, to place “high quality embedded information in front of end users.”
So, rather than a new business model for end users, Gale will continue to make information more discoverable to end-users through encyclopedia.com, Goliath, and their existing AccessMyLibrary product. AccessMyLibrary allows a small slice of InfoTrac to be indexed by search engines. When users “want to see more” they are prompted to enter information about their library, which in turn takes search engine traffic to libraries.
Discoverability. It’s all about end users discovering our content, trapped in that invisible web. I’m anxious to see how Gale can embed quality content into encyclopedia.com. Wishful thinking, but maybe in time this could rival Wikipedia, with links to scholarly resources and digital and special library collections.
For more on discoverability, read John’s (and other reference publishers) comments in these articles in Booklist Online:
Gale/Cengage recently acquired HighBeam Research Inc. If you are unfamiliar with HighBeam, they are an online reference source with access to over 3500 resources from magazine/newspaper articles to journal articles to popular reference sources. HighBeam provides it’s services to companies, small groups, and individuals rather than libraries.
This is a very interesting acquisition to me. I anticipate many publishers will begin (or pump up) services direct to the end user or smaller organizations. Makes sense since most research is done on the open web rather than via a library database trapped in the invisible web.
From the press release: “The acquisition of HighBeam is a natural extension of our user-focused strategy. Gale has had a presence on the open Web for many years now, particularly with AccessMyLibrary, which brings users from search engines into a library environment to explore their vast content riches. Now, with the added expertise of HighBeam, Gale will have a greater opportunity to learn more about user behavior and research trends, and will use that information to further develop and enhance the user experience for all our products” said Sommers.
Daily Lit, the leading publisher of serialized books in digital format, recently announced a partnership with the University of North Carolina Press. Several UNC Press books will be digitized, including two children’s titles – Teach’s Light and Taffy of Torpedo Junction.
I really enjoy the format of Daily Lit titles. I get a daily email (RSS also available) with 1 – 3 minutes of reading from a title. It’s an easy way to read in small doses. For more information about Daily Lit, see previous NoShelfRequired posts from 9/29/08 and 11/21/08