Yesterday I spoke with Dr. Sven Fund, the CEO of DeGruyter. News to me, DeGruyter has been publishing for 262 years! We discussed DeGruyter’s ebook program including their e-ditions program. E-ditions provides “on demand” requests for digital or print copies of thousands of backlist titles. Listen to the interview here.
Over 30 interviews with librarians, publishers, aggregators, and others in the information industry are available on the NSR interviews page.
Here’s the third section of my draft of a book chapter for a book edited by No Shelf Required‘s Sue Polanka. I previously posted the introduction; and What does Open Access mean for eBooks subsequent posts will cover Open Access E-Books in Libraries. Note that while the blog always uses “ebook” as one word, the book will use the hyphenated form, “e-book”. The comments on the second section prompted me to make significant revisions, which I have posted.
Business Models for Creation of Open Access E-Books
Any model for e-book publishing must have a business model for recouping the expenses of production: reviewing, editing, formatting, design, etc. In this section, we’ll review methods that can be used to support Open Access e-book publishing. Continue reading
This panel discussion was moderated by Dick Kaser from Information Today. Speakers included Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing, Leslie Lees, ebrary, Bob Nardini, Ingram, and Mike Shontz, OverDrive.
Each panelist had 5 minutes to discuss who they serve and business models they offer.
Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing
- Ken reflected back to 1997 – common themes from back then – user interface, compatibility, digital rights, unauthorized access and copying, business models.
- EBSCO Publishing acquired NetLibrary one year ago, the preview of eBooks on EBSCOhost is available now. Continue reading
Inventory on Demand in the Digital Age
Panelists: Laura Baldwin, O’Reilly Media and Phil Ollila, Ingram
Laura – reality of our biz, print and retail is still the bulk of the business. Print erosion cost, shipping costs, printing expenses, safety stock, operating capital are all factors in the profit/loss of publishers.
Strategically they wanted to deplete the amount of inventory and instead, make content available anywhere/anytime in a variety of formats. People expect faster cycle times (and not only in production).
Freedom plan – determine how to spend the capital. Offset/digital short run (much smaller print runs, focused on shelf space awareness), back it up with print-to-order, combined with great forecasting tools. Continue reading
Wow, University Presses are in the news this week. This is the 5th press release I’ve gotten!
Ingram Content Group Inc., announced agreements with two notable university presses for e-content management. The University of Michigan Press and The University Press of Kentucky have selected Ingram’s digital asset management platform, CoreSource®, to archive and distribute materials to partners worldwide.
The University of Michigan Press, part of the University of Michigan Library, was founded 80 years ago and is a primary publishing unit of the University today. The Press publishes materials in a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines. It recently launched its innovative University of Michigan Digital Humanities Series, which advances understanding of the dynamic relationships between humanities and digital technologies. The Press has a mission of using the best technology to disseminate the information it publishes as freely and widely as possible, while preserving the integrity of published scholarship. To further its mission, the Press selected Ingram’s CoreSource® platform for digital file management and distribution of both frontlist and backlist titles. Continue reading
Springer is launching a new product line SpringerBriefs. Featuring cutting-edge research and practical applications in compact volumes of between 50 and 125 pages, SpringerBriefs will be available as eBooks and in print.
SpringerBriefs will cover a wide range of content from professional to academic across a variety of subject areas including business and economics, computer science, human and behavioral sciences, life sciences, mathematics and physical sciences. Typical topics might include a report on state-of-the-art techniques, a snapshot of a hot or emerging topic, an in-depth case study or a presentation of core concepts for students.
Expert advisory boards and collaborations with academic societies will contribute to generating high-quality content. Streamlined publishing processes and accelerated schedules will take authors’ ideas to market more swiftly than with previous methods. The first titles are scheduled to release in November and December 2010.
All SpringerBriefs titles will be included in the Springer eBook packages that are delivered to libraries and institutions via SpringerLink. They will also be available for sale, through Springer’s retail partners, in print or as eBooks for around US$40−50. SpringerBriefs will also be available in print at lower prices through MyCopy, Springer’s print-on-demand program for registered patrons of libraries that subscribe to the Springer eBook Collections.
Ingram Content Group Inc. and Springer announced a new integrated distribution services model that combines traditional physical book fulfillment with single-copy print-on-demand solutions for Springer’s entire Americas publishing program. According to PR sources for Ingram, the Springer $24.95 My Copy program will continue with this partnership.
From the press release:
Starting in the first quarter of 2011, Ingram Content Group will fully manage warehousing, fulfillment and print-on-demand for Springer using the new model. Ingram will hold Springer’s entire US inventory and as it sells down, Ingram will transition titles to print-on-demand when it makes the most economic sense. All fulfillment will come through Ingram.
As the need to invest in the future of content in its many forms becomes increasingly important, publishers are facing resource decisions unlike any before. They are exploring new ways to operate and shift investments once used for the cost of warehousing and returns to developing the most innovative content. By strategically combining traditional print publishing with virtual inventory and print on demand, Springer can concentrate its energy and resources on the future success of its company while assuring its authors and readers that its high quality content will always be widely available, also in print.