Between the overwhelming popularity of the iPad and the increased adoption and continuing evolution of ePub, the opportunities and sales channels for digital books have exploded over the past 12 months. Most publishers agree that some ebook titles justify the extra investment for enhancement, but determining the degree of interactivity and technical approach best-suited to the book and your budget can be daunting. In this free WEBcast, Ebooks vs. Apps: The Pros, Cons, and Possibilities, we will explore the production and budgetary benefits and pitfalls of developing applications versus enhancing ebooks. Continue reading Free WebCast – eBooks vs. Apps: The Pros, the Cons, the Possibilities
Aptara Corp. conducted a survey recently about eBooks, uncovering their impact on the publishing market. The results were shared with the community. They are now offering a 2nd survey on eBooks, documenting the evolving impact of eBooks. It’s 19 questions for publishers about the type/number of titles produced each year and your involvement in eBook publishing, ROI, file types, eReaders, and more. If you are interested in participating, the survey is available here. They recommend using IE for best results.
I’m a bit late with this post, but the IDPFs Digital Book 2010 Conference presentations are now online (have been since June 3rd – alas I had a vacation). There are some interesting ones out there on:
- the eBook revolution
- DRM, copyright protection and biz models of the future
- marketing and selling eBooks
- digital magazines and newspapers
Some of these include the audio as well. Enjoy! Lots of food for thought.
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.
Departments of Education and Justice Announce Continuing Commitment to Accessible Technology for All Students | U.S. Department of Education
Mark your calendars for September 29th, the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit – eBooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point. This looks like it will be a fabulous event with great keynote speakers lined up and a diverse selection of panel discussions. Ray Kurzweill, Kevin Kelly, and David Lankes are featured keynote speakers. The breakout sessions will feature program tracks for school, public, and academic libraries. The program is available online, and early bird registration for the VERY LOW price of $19.95 (librarians and students) ends on July 30th. I’m sure this great price is thanks to the sponsors – OverDrive, Baker and Taylor, Capstone Digital, and Gale/Cengage.
Congrats LJ – this is a wonderful idea and I can’t wait to attend.
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 Reference Works From Idea to Reality – ALA Session Summary
This posting is taken in full from a U.S. Dept. of Education Press Release.
Today, the Departments of Justice and Education announced the publication of a joint ‘Dear Colleague’ letter reaffirming the agencies’ commitment to ensuring students with disabilities have equal access to emerging technologies in institutions of higher education.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the two departments share responsibility for protecting the rights of college and university students with disabilities. These landmark laws bar institutions of higher education from requiring the use of technology that is inaccessible to individuals with disabilities, unless the institutions provide accommodations or modifications that would permit an individual with a disability to use the technology in an equally effective manner. Continue reading Depts. of Education and Justice rule on Accessible Reading Devices
I’m not sure how I didn’t find this earlier, but thanks to a colleague, Erik Christopher, I am now aware of the JISC eBook comparison chart. It is available on the JISC site at http://www.jisc-adat.com/adat/adat_ebooks.pl and offers a comparison of up to 7 different eBook platforms including: Credo Reference, NetLibrary, ebrary, EBL, MyiLibrary, Dawsonera, and Taylor and Francis eBookstore. Over 50 functional features are compared with basic Y/N responses including search, access control, search results, linking, restrictions, exporting, etc. All data is supplied by the vendors. They are obviously missing some reference eBook databases, so I hope Gale, SAGE, ABC-CLIO, Oxford, Rosen, and others can hop on board this chart. If anyone is shopping for eBook platforms, or if publishers are considering launching an eBook site, this is a great place to go for ideas and industry standard features.
They also offer a comparison chart for scientific databases.
Each Friday before the ALA Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) gets together to have a program and discussion of issues surrounding reference publishing. The ALA Annual meeting was no exception. A large group of publishers and librarians gathered to figure out, “how did we get here?” A panel of librarians, LIS instructors, reference contributors, and wholesalers, organized by Peter Tobey at Salem Press, presented some thoughts and challenges for reference content and reference publishing. A summary of these comments is below. The panelists included: Buffy Hamilton, a teacher/librarian from Creekview H.S. in Canton, GA and blogger at The Unquiet Librarian and 1/4 blogger for Libraries and Transliteracy; Sue Polanka (me); Dave Tyckoson, Associate Dean of the Madden Library, CSU – Fresno; Bernadette Low, a frequent contributor to reference content from the Community College of Baltimore City; William Taylor, Manager, Continuations iSelect (R) and Standing Orders at Ingram Content Group; and Jessica Moyer, a doctoral candidate in literacy education at the U of Minnesota and instructor of a MLIS reference course. Continue reading Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) Meeting Summary – ALA Conference
See parts one and two of this session for more information. The session was described by one of the speakers as “speed dating for eBooks”- evaluating the relationships between libraries, publishers, vendors. Best thing I heard all day.
Group three – Becky Clark, Johns Hopkins, Alex Holzman, Temple UP, Rob Kairis and Kay Downey, OhioLINK Continue reading Mad World of eBooks – part three, ALA Discussion