I am extremely excited to hear the news about the launch of the Knowledge Unlatched pilot collection. I first heard about the project in 2010 when Frances Pinter, who developed the idea, presented at the Tools of Change conference. Frances and I discussed the project back in 2010 in one of the NSR interviews and I’ve been following the development of the project since. It’s really great to see this open access monograph pilot become a reality. Congratulations Frances and everyone at KU.
Librarians – please support this initiative for open access monographs by signing up today! Here are the details:
- The Pilot is the first step in creating a sustainable route to Open Access for a large numbers of scholarly books.
- If at least 200 libraries from around the world sign up for the collection by 31 January 2014, 28 new Humanities and Social Sciences books will be made free for anyone in the world to read on an Open Access basis.
- The Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection includes 28 new books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers: Amsterdam University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Brill, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Duke University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Liverpool University Press, Manchester University Press, Purdue University Press, Rutgers University Press, Temple University Press and University of Michigan Press.
- The collection can be viewed at: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/collection-participate-1/
- Knowledge Unlatched is inviting libraries to pledge a capped maximum of US$1,680 to ‘unlatch’ the collection. This works out to an average of US$60 for each book.
- Libraries can pledge their interest at: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/
- Pledging will remain open until 31 January 2014.
Much more information is available on the Knowledge Unlatched website.
Self-Publishing Movement Continues Strong Growth in U.S. says Bowker- 2012 ISBNs show nearly 60% more self-published works than in 2011
New Providence, NJ – October 9, 2013 – A new analysis of U.S. ISBN data by ProQuest affiliate Bowker reveals that the number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than 391,000, up 59 percent over 2011 and 422 percent over 2007. Ebooks continue to gain on print, comprising 40 percent of the ISBNs that were self-published in 2012, up from just 11 percent in 2007.
“The most successful self-publishers don’t view themselves as writers only, but as business owners,” said Beat Barblan, Bowker Director of Identifier Services. “They invest in their businesses, hiring experts to fill skill gaps and that’s building a thriving new service infrastructure in publishing.”
The analysis shows the growing prominence of a handful of companies that offer publishing services to individual authors. More than 80 percent of self-published titles came to market with support from just eight companies, including Smashwords and CreateSpace. Continue reading
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) announces the debut of “The Wire: A Writer’s Resource,” a blog for new and aspiring authors. The new initiative provides information to people hoping to write, publish and find markets for their books, and is a step toward the library’s goal of making locally-produced content available to its audience.
DCL has garnered recent media attention for its efforts to increase the number of e-books available to library patrons, despite roadblocks to library acquisition of e-books from large commercial publishers. A byproduct is the creation of a library-run publishing channel. In a recent “Colorado Matters” interview with Colorado Public Radio’s Elaine Grant, DCL director Jamie LaRue said, “Once we built a publishing platform to reach out to smaller, independent presses, we could also accommodate self-published authors.” Continue reading
Brill announced on August 19th that it is extending its open access model to include books. Titles will be made freely accessible on the Brill platform under a creative commons license. Here is more from the press release:
Brill extends Brill Open, its Open Access model, to include books.
As a major publisher in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Biology and International Law, Brill is committed to enhancing access to academic content in any sustainable way. Since its academic book publications are a cornerstone of the program, it is extending Brill Open to include monographs and edited volumes.
Brill Open offers authors the choice to make their research freely accessible online in exchange for a Publication Charge. Brill Open is made available to authors only upon acceptance of their manuscript for publication. This requires a positive outcome of the peer review process and Brill’s editorial decision making. Titles published in Brill Open undergo the same rigorous peer review and uphold the same high-quality publication standards that Brill is known for. Brill Open is a sustainable, high-quality and accessible mode of publication. Continue reading
Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and the blogger for OEDb’s iLibrarian, as well as a writer, educator, and international conference speaker, developed this list of 68 essential resources about eBooks in libraries. Ellyssa has organized the list into several broad categories including: general, devices, blogs, purchasing, creating, and more.
68 Essential Resources for eBooks in Libraries
eBooks are a constant topic in library news today. If you’re just getting caught up or striving to keep current, here are 68 resources that will put you in-the-know and help you make an informed decision about implementing eBooks in your library. Continue reading
Press Release: McHenry, Ill., Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing its ongoing commitment to expand and enhance its PreK-12 digital solutions to support learning, Follett has partnered with Random House, Inc., the world’s largest English language trade publisher, to offer new and popular ebook titles to school libraries.
Follett’s ebook customers are now able to purchase Random House ebooks and lend them to students. The partnership gives librarians the opportunity to enhance their collections with many of the most sought-after titles, such as Rachel Hartman’s “Seraphina” and Christopher Paul Curtis’ “The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963″. Continue reading
I came across this wonderful PDF from ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) showing the availability of Big Six (soon to be Big Five) ebook titles to libraries. Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster are included. It highlights the amount of content available for purchase, license/use terms, and the vendor platforms where content is available. Robert C. Maier is maintaining the document and his last update was May 15, 2013, so the information is pretty up-to-date. Robert based his chart on one started at Library Journal earlier this year. He welcomes comments via email at robert_maier[at]comcast.net
Thanks, Robert, for maintaining this information.
I attended the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and have several updates on eBook vendor offerings, initiatives, and activities. Vendors and initiatives are listed in alphabetical order. This information will also be presented at the ALA TechSource conference wrap-up webinar, held July 8th. The recording of that session is available at http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2013/07/archive-of-the-2013-ala-annual-tech-wrapup.html. I also want to take a moment to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new ALA publication edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic (both NSR contributors). A free preview issue is now available for download.
This post has new content (7/8/2013 2:00 p.m.) Continue reading
Ingram announced several new initiatives at the ALA Annual Conference this past week. I’ve linked to the individual press releases below. I’m particularly excited about the POD available for out-of-copyright titles from the National Library of France – over 65,000 titles.
Ingram Content Group and Hachette Livre Offer Titles from the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Print for First-Time
Ingram Grows Colour POD Options for Publishers
Ingram Grows its MyiLibrary® E-book Platform with 50,000 Additional Titles and New Functionality
Oxford’s UPSO continues to grow with the addition of two new university presses to its partner list – Stanford and Liverpool. Read the full press release below:
“I am delighted that Stanford University Press is partnering with Oxford University Press to host our titles on the UPSO platform. We have spent much of the past two years considering options for collection-based sales platforms and it became clear that the team at OUP were offering us the perfect fit,” said Alan Harvey, Director, Stanford University Press. “ I’ve been impressed by the simplicity and strength of the platform, as well as the flexibility it offers us as the use of ebook collections grows, and am certain that this will help to make our list available to the broadest possible audience.” Continue reading