Category Archives: Self Publishing

Self Publishing fuels steady title growth in 2011

From a Bowker press release.  Lots of interesting data here about title output from 2011.

June 5, 2012 (New Providence, NJ) — Bowker, the global leader in bibliographic information, released its annual report on U. S. print book publishing for 2011, compiled from its Books In Print® database. Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is projecting that traditional print book output grew six percent in 2011, from 328,259 titles in 2010 to a projected 347,178 in 2011, driven almost exclusively by a strong self-publishing market. This is the most significant expansion in more than four years for America’s traditional publishing sector, but removing self-publishing from the equation would show that the market is relatively flat from 2010.

“Transformation of our industry has brought on a time of rich innovation in the publishing models we now have today. What was once relegated to the outskirts of our industry—and even took on demeaning names like ‘vanity press’ is now not only a viable alternative but what is driving the title growth of our industry today,” said Kelly Gallagher, Vice-President, Bowker Market Research. “From that standpoint, self-publishing is a true legitimate power to be reckoned with. Coupled with the explosive growth of e-books and digital content – these two forces are moving the industry in dramatic ways.” Continue reading

Free webinar highlighting the Douglas County Libraries eBook solution

Please consider attending this LJ webinar highlighting the Douglas County Libraries eBook program. Register for free online.

SPONSORED BY: Library Journal
EVENT DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 3:00-4:00 PM EST/12:00 -1:00 PM PST

Ebooks: A New Paradigm in Douglas County, or a New Twist on the Past?

The staff at the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado have been implementing for the past year an innovative ebook lending model that gives the library actual ownership of the ebook file, rather than leasing access to it via a third party. The library has its own content server and after striking deals with various publishers it loads the files onto the server and applies the requisite DRM before lending. The library is providing a concrete example of how in the digital age libraries remain reliable stewards of intellectual content.

In this webinar, Jamie LaRue, the library’s director, Monique Sendze, the IT director, and Lisa Long Hickman, the sales and marketing manager for Dzanc Books, will discuss the model.

PANELISTS
Jamie LaRue, Library director, Douglas County Libraries
Monique Sendze, Associate director of IT, Douglas County Libraries
Lisa Long-Hickman, Sales and marketing manager, Dzanc Books

MODERATOR
Mike Kelley, Executive Editor (News and Features), Library Journal

Queen Victoria’s personal journals now available for public access

From a ProQuest press release:

London, 24 May 2012.   HM the Queen launches online resource of all Queen Victoria’s Journals

Her Majesty The Queen today launched a unique online resource that makes available all the personal journals of Queen Victoria.  The Bodleian Libraries working in partnership with The Royal Archives and information company ProQuest, have for the first time ever, made the private records of one of the world’s most influential public figures available for the public to access at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org. Continue reading

Articles of Interest – Public Libraries & OverDrive, DRM, and fixed pricing

The E-book Investigations: Are Publishers And Apple Breaking The Law? | paidContent

FEATURE: Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries

OverDrive Has Different eBook Catalogs for Different Libraries

theanalogdivide » Blog Archive » It’s Not Just Overdrive.

Library Wars: Amazon and Publishers Vie for Control of E-Book Rentals – Peter Osnos – Entertainment – The Atlantic

The Exodus Begins – Kansas Library Consortium Has left OverDrive – The Digital Reader

Leaked Document: Hachette Explains Why Publishers Are Relevant | Digital Book World

Justice Department confirms investigation of e-book industry – latimes.com

BISG Press Release | Official BISG Policy Statement on Best Practices for Identifying Digital Products Now Available

Wisconsin Public Library Consortium » Kindle disclaimer on OverDrive downloads

Amazon Tempts Kindle Self-Publishers With $6 Million Fund

Public Library E-Book Lending Must Change to Survive « Copyright and Technology

Another View of DRM for Publishers « The Scholarly Kitchen

Publishers’ insistance on DRM allows Amazon to lock them in to its garden | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Why Christmas Day Will Soon Be the Biggest Online Shopping Day Each Year, and Why It Changes Everything | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Articles of Interest

The No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing | ALA TechSource

US eBook Sales Doubled in September – eBookNewser

Penguin Restores Kindle Lending, but Still Not Providing Digital Editions of New Titles — The Digital Shift

Cambridge U. Press Would Like to Rent You an Article – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Amazon Reports Best Kindle Sales EVAR on Black Friday – eBookNewser

What We Should Learn from the Collapse of Borders « The Scholarly Kitchen

The big list of free Kindle tools | freewaregenius.com

Max Basaraba Talks Digital Publishing – eBookNewser

So What Do You Do, Joshua Tallent, eBook Formatting Expert? – mediabistro.com Content

Articles of Interest

Kindle Fire to Ship with Amazon Appstore, Access to Several Thousand Apps – eBookNewser

Wake Forest and Odigia collaborate on textbook alternative | TeleRead

All 50 State Librarians Vote to Form Alliance With Internet Archive’s Open Library — The Digital Shift

BISG Press Release | More Than a Passing Fancy: Ongoing BISG Study Reveals E-Book Buyers Deepening Commitment to Digital Formats

Paying for first

How to Extend the Due Date of Your Library eBook on the Kindle | Librarian by Day

Ebrary Ebook Downloads: the First Time | Academic Librarian

Library With Free Online College Textbooks Makes Debut — The Digital Shift

Major Medical Library Closing Its Doors to Patrons and Moving to Digital Model — The Digital Shift

Can Amazon and Apple Peacefully Coexist? Probably, But As for Google… « The Scholarly Kitchen

Advocates say public money for open educational resources is smart investment | Inside Higher Ed

Self-Published Authors Need Success to Begin – WSJ.com

Douglas County Libraries Strikes New Deals With Publishers to Own Ebooks

Articles of Interest

This is a super long list – so much going on in the past week.

Amazon bites Apple, by Meredith Greene | TeleRead

Ebook sales doubled in July | TeleRead

Digital Public Library of America: Pro and Con

Four Librarians, Four Ereaders, One Month

EPUB 3 Becomes Final IDPF Specification | TeleRead

Peter Brantley on preserving digital copies | TeleRead

The Emergence of the Disposable E-Book Reader — An Inflection Point in Ambient Computing? « The Scholarly Kitchen

Amazon Places Kindle Fire Products In New “Seesaw” Spinoff

Kansas State Librarian Can Transfer Thousands of Titles from OverDrive to 3M at No Charge

Store for safekeeping – DIGITAL PRESERVATION – Research Information

Which format has the cheapest eBooks? (infographic) – eBookNewser

Will the E-Book Kill the Footnote? – NYTimes.com

Perseus Creates New Service for Authors Seeking to Self-Publish – NYTimes.com

OverDrive: “A Note on Library Patron and Student Privacy” « INFOdocket

Lightening fast interlibrary loan

Authors Guild adds international writers groups to HathiTrust lawsuit; says universities acting as “pirates” | TeleRead

66% of Schoolchildren Never Plan to Give up Paper Books – eBookNewser

Amazon & Google Open eBookstores In France, UK – GalleyCat


Articles of Interest

Amazon Student app lets students buy and resell textbooks, other items | TeleRead

The Centered Librarian: Readable college textbooks on Facebook

GenCon panel: Michael Stackpole on self-publishing in a post-paper world | TeleRead

Will print and ebook publishers ultimately be doing the same books? – The Shatzkin Files

Kno Taking Electronic Textbooks to Web, Facebook – Ina Fried – Mobile – AllThingsD

The Ticklish Problem of Pricing E-books for Libraries ” The …

Prezi on downloading OverDrive eBooks

Adult Learners, Libraries, and Digital Literacy – One family’s experience with eReaders

Stage Five Book Publishing

Open Educational Resources (OER) Background and Action Report for Bilateral and Multilateral Agencies project.

Changing World of Digital Rights and Publishing Agreements – O’Reilly webinar summary

Dana Newman and Jenny Bent presented at the O’Reilly webinar, The Changing World of Digital Rights and Publishing Agreements.  My interpretation of the content is below; best efforts were made to ensure accuracy. Follow the comments on Twitter at #TOCCON.  Kat says the slides will be on slideshare and a recording will be available in about 24 hours.

Kat Meyer introduced the speakers.  Dana Newman is a transactional and intellectual property attorney (@DanaNewman).  Jenny Bent is a literary agent who founded the Bent Agency.  She represents writers and has had 5 make the NYT Best Sellers list.  (A twitter post suggested adding the publisher perspective to this session)

Dana Newman’s presented the content and Jenny inserted responses throughout.

  • State of Digital Rights and Contracts:  Older contracts were vague on electronic rights, Dana cited a case between Random House and the Wylie Agency. Courts said the right to exploit in book form did not include an e-book format.  Review existing contracts look at grant of rights and subsidiary rights section, were digital rights provided for and if so, how?  Negotiate amendments if they are not present in old contracts.
  • How are electronic rights being defined in current contracts?  There are many subcategories in current contracts: verbatim text converted into an ebook, is it apps, multimedia rights, or web-based content? Continue reading

Rise of the e-book: e-book stats and trends – new report from YUDU Media

YUDU Media published a new report on e-book stats and trends.  The full report is available online.  I did a quick search for library and found nothing, but it is packed full of industry stats and analysis.

More from the press release:  Digital publishing company YUDU Media (www.yudupro.com) today published a new report summarizing key research, facts and figures on the e-book market, which continues to grow at a blistering pace. The report, titled, “Rise of the e-book: e-book stats and trends,” discusses some of the key components of the industry in its current form, aiming to provide analysis and insight into some of its most recent developments.

A sampling of the research included in this report:

  • E-book sales now outpace print book sales, as sales of e-books nearly tripled in the US from 2009 to 2010.
  • Tablets such as the iPad appear to be overtaking e-reader devices such as the Kindle as the platform of choice for reading e-books; Forrester predicts that by 2015, there will be twice as many owners of tablet PCs than there are of dedicated e-readers.
  • Apple’s iBookstore is gaining rapidly on Amazon.com as the highest volume sales platform for e-Books.
  • E-books have helped fuel success for self-published authors, who are no longer beholden to large, traditional publishing houses to get their works into the hands of readers. Continue reading