Category Archives: Publishing

ALA panel summary: Leading with Ebooks

A few weeks ago at the ALA Annual Conference, Mirela Roncevic, an NSR contributing writer, organized a panel discussion about leading with ebooks.  Panelists included:

  • Jamie LaRue – founder of the Douglas County Libraries Model, a library platform for the management of ebooks.
  • Stuart Smith -  Open Road; featured speaker on Huffington Post Live and is a contributor to multiple literacy blogs.
  • Terry Kirchner – Westchester Library System, Terry has taken the digital leap and fully embraces the potential offered by ebooks.
  • Michael Rockliff set out to become a librarian, and is now Director, School and Library Sales & Marketing at Workman Publishing Company, where he remains happily ensconsed.
  • Yoav Lorch is a writer turned entrepreneur and founder of Total BooX, his third startup.

I enjoyed the initial presentations from both Roncevic and Lorch,  They both agreed to share their slides which are available here:

Mirela led with a discussion on the difference between a manager and a leader. She provided several examples with regard to ebooks.  For instance, managing ebooks might include words like build, limit, copy, accept, control, or take.  But, leading with ebooks would look more like these words:  create, expand, originate, challenge, inspire, and give. This, of course, relates to both publishers and libraries. Continue reading

Liverpool University Press partners with BiblioBoard for eTextbook

BiblioBoard will host the innovative new textbook being created jointly by Liverpool University Press, the University of Liverpool Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University Library. This project, funded by Jisc, seeks to address the question: can a university working as an e-textbook creator and publisher better serve students and promote a more sustainable information environment in higher education? Continue reading

Princeton University Press partners with De Gruyter for distribution

I received news from De Gruyter about a new partnership with Princeton University Press.  The official announcement will be released tomorrow, but I was able to speak with Sven Fund, Managing Director, De Gruyter, for more information about this partnership.  The official press release is below.

Is this partnership with Princeton University Press exclusive?

This agreement is non-exclusive. Princeton UP will work with other distributors as well. We are confident that both our business models and our user friendly policy including price parity with print editions, unlimited simultaneous users and perpetual access are compelling to library customers. Continue reading

De Gruyter’s publisher partner Böhlau Verlag completes the digitalization of its catalog

Over 50,000 Titles Now Available through the E-dition Program

Berlin/Cologne/Vienna, 2 June 2014 – The academic press Böhlau Verlag, which has been a publisher partner of De Gruyter since 2013, is making its entire backlist available through De Gruyter’s e-dition program. Over 7,000 works that originally appeared between 1945 and 2009 are now available as eBook-on-demand (EOD) or print-on-demand (POD). The digitalization of Böhlau’s frontlist (titles from 2010 to present) was completed last year. Continue reading

De Gruyter introduces ePub3 format for all titles

I’m very pleased to see this announcement about De Gruyter title availability in ePub3 format.  This is a great step forward and I hope other publishers will follow.  ePub3 formats are particularly good with dynamic adjustment of content for screen size, not to mention web accessibility.

Berlin, 28 May 2014 – De Gruyter is proud to announce that all of its frontlist titles are now available in the ePub3 format. Alongside the PDF format, ePub is one of the most widely used eBook standards, enabling the mobile viewing of content on tablets, smartphones, and eReaders.  Continue reading

Oxford Scholarship Online announces title by title purchasing and more release dates

Glad to see this news from Oxford University Press about a new title by title purchasing model for OSO.  New titles will also be released more frequently, another great bonus.   Here’s the official press release:

Oxford University Press is pleased to announce two significant enhancements to Oxford Scholarship Online. Effective immediately, all books can now be purchased individually, on a title by title basis, by institutions worldwide. Secondly, vastly improving the speed to market of the digital version, we are now releasing new titles on the platform 10 months a year, up from 3 times a year. Continue reading

Knowledge Unlatched pilot project report available

Knowledge Unlatched released a pilot progress report summary today.  It is available for download.  Some highlights of the report are listed below.

1.  The model is cost-effective and financially viable:

“The Pilot established that authors, librarians, publishers and research funders are all willing to engage with the basic KU model. It also demonstrated that the model is cost-effective for scholarly communities and financially viable for publishers. 297 libraries from 24 countries signed up for the Pilot Collection, exceeding the original target by almost 50%. This reduced the cost for every library Continue reading

Books at JSTOR titles now available via GOBI

Just received an email from Valerie Yaw at JSTOR with great news for libraries using GOBI.  You can now purchase JSTOR ebooks through GOBI.  Valerie said that both a single-user model and unlimited-user model (available for 60% of titles) are available through GOBI.  The unlimited-user model offers unlimited simultaneous use, unlimited DRM-free chapter downloads, and unlimited printing and copy/paste.  Libraries will need to sign JSTOR’s participation agreement for Books, available on their website here: http://about.jstor.org/agreements-riders.  They offer tiered savings to libraries, and once they have an agreement on file, the library will see pricing in GOBI that reflects their savings level.  Continue reading

University of Pennsylvania Press selects De Gruyter as distribution partner for econtent

Berlin/Philadelphia, 21 May 2014 – The University of Pennsylvania Press (Penn Press) has signed a contract granting De Gruyter global distribution rights to its electronic products. This transatlantic partnership will expand the international reach of Penn Press while also strengthening De Gruyter’s portfolio with a range of premier academic publications. Continue reading