Category Archives: Standards

SAGE white paper explores discoverability of scholarly content, recommends standards, transparency, metadata, and partnerships

Los Angeles, CA (January 16, 2014)   In a changing academic environment, discoverability of scholarly content demands cooperative efforts across the communications supply chain. A new SAGE white paper, out today, summarizes the current discovery landscape for scholarly communications, advocates for cooperative efforts across the industry, and proposes specific recommendations for discoverability improvement for librarians, publishers, and service providers.

“This white paper draws upon novel insights contributed by international experts about the scholarly ecosystem of publisher content, research tools, and library systems. The experts make predictions about new cross-sector partnerships as researcher workflows evolve,” stated lead author Mary Somerville. “Our recommendations advance the common goal of furthering discovery, access, and usage of scholarly publications and creative work.” Continue reading

Readium Open Source Initiative Launched to Accelerate Adoption of EPUB 3

ACCESS, Adobe, Barnes & Noble, Copia, Google, Kobo/Rakuten, O’Reilly, Samsung, Sony, others support project to advance universal digital publishing format

New York, NY, February 13, 2012 -The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced the Readium Project, a new open source initiative to develop a comprehensive reference implementation of the IDPF EPUB® 3 standard. This vision will be achieved by building on WebKit, the widely adopted open source HTML5 rendering engine. Continue reading

New BISG Policy Statement Endorses EPUB 3

Board approved Policy Statement supports EPUB 3 as the preferred global standard for multimedia publishing

New York, NY (August 6, 2012) — The Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a leading U.S.-based trade association representing the entire book supply chain, announced today the publication of a new Policy Statement endorsing EPUB 3 as the accepted and preferred standard for representing, packaging, and encoding structured and semantically enhanced Web content — including XHTML, CSS, SVG, images, and other resources — for distribution in a single-file format. BISG member companies, and other industry stakeholders, can visit http://www.bisg.org/what-we-do-4-155-pol-1201-endorsement-of-epub-3.php to download a copy.

Reviewed and approved by BISG’s 36-member Board of Directors (see http://www.bisg.org/about/board.php for a complete list of Directors), BISG Policy Statement POL-1201: Endorsement of EPUB 3 addresses the critical need for the global book publishing industry to rally around a single standard for the creation of digital content in order to impede recent instances of fragmentation beginning to seep into the supply chain. Continue reading

NISO Forum: The E-Book Renaissance – October 24-25th

I hope many of you will consider joining me at the upcoming NISO Forum on E-books.  The details are below:

NISO Forum: The E-Book Renaissance – Learn About the Possibilities from Experts in Libraries and Publishing

You’ve been hearing about e-books for years and now the tipping point for users seems to have arrived. How are content providers and libraries dealing with the challenges that e-books present in availability, distribution, licensing, discoverability, and access? How are they changing their processes and business models to incorporate e-books?

NISO has assembled a stellar group of speakers for a two-day forum on The E-Book Renaissance: Exploring the Possibilities Exposed by Digital Books, to be held on October 24-25 in Baltimore, Maryland. The speakers and panels, representing commercial and university publishers, public and academic libraries, vendors, service providers, and technologists will probe the key issues surrounding e-books from a variety of industry, library, scholarly, and consumer viewpoints. NISO educational forums are routinely praised for their excellent selection of speakers representing a diversity of viewpoints across the scholarly information community and the small size which provides opportunities to network with speakers and other attendees. Continue reading

NISO publishes special ebook issue of Information Standards Quarterly, free download

The Spring 2011 issue of NISO’s Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ)
magazine has a special issue theme of Views of the E-book Renaissance. ISQ
Guest Content Editor, October Ivins of Ivins eContent Solutions has pulled
together a broad range of perspectives on what is happening today with
e-books and particularly with e-book standards. As she states in her
introductory letter: “Our goal for this issue of ISQ is to present an
overview of the status of e-books from multiple perspectives-publishers and
other content producers, librarians, and the many vendors who support their
creation, management, sales, and distribution. Not coincidentally, it also
illustrates the scope of the NISO community.”

In the first feature article, Bill Kasdorf (Apex Content Solutions) provides
an update on EPUB 3, the new generation of the EPUB specification just
issued by the IDPF, and likens it to opening a Pandora’s box, but where “all
the creatures bursting out can be made to behave in a civilized way.” This
is followed with answers by Marlie Wasserman (Rutgers University Press) to
10 questions on the state of e-book publishing for university presses. Continue reading

NISO Launches E-book Special Interest Group

Great news from NISO about a new special interest group:  The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and its Architecture Committee are pleased to announce the creation of a Special Interest Group focused on E-books (the NISO E-book SIG). Simultaneous with the formation of the group, NISO is issuing a call for participation in the E-book SIG and its associated monitoring group. The E-book SIG will explore a range of industry best practices and standards related to the creation, distribution, discovery, delivery, and preservation of digital book content. The primary responsibilities of the group will be to continuously monitor and review the state of the industry for e-books and to suggest areas for new initiatives within NISO or areas where NISO can engage with other communities on e-book work underway outside of NISO. The group will also host thought leader meetings and commission relevant research to advance the state of the industry. Continue reading

North Carolina libraries receive grant to develop new eBook business models & make statements on values

Library Journal reported today that the four universities that make up the Triangle Research Libraries Network received a $41,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to develop new models for consortial ebooks pricing and acquisition.

From LJ:  “Some answers to the ebook model dilemma may be in the offing, from the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN)—a collaborative organization of the libraries of North Carolina-based Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Central University—which announced that it has received a $41,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop new models for consortial ebook pricing and acquisition.”

A colleague also forwarded to me today a value statement for the Scholarly Ebook Marketplace from North Carolina State University.  It is reprinted below in full. Continue reading

New Articles of Interest

Standards & Best Practices – Identifiers – Roadmap of Identifiers …BISG

Video – Students Love AccessMyLibrary School Edition – Gale/Cengage

Hands-On with a New e-Reader – NYTimes.com

Library Labs Turn to Their Patrons for Project Ideas – Wired Campus

Why Share Open Educational Resources? – College Open Textbooks Blog

Library can’t lend an eBook to Kindle user | StarTribune.com

Xerox to sell and service Espresso Book Machines

Kobo announces WiFi ereader – faster processor, new screen

Ready to ditch paper? Here are the top 10 e-readers

Kno announces 14-inch single-screen tablet

Amazon Patent Could Charge For Browsing A Book Online – eBookNewser

Amazon launches “Kindle on the Web”

EBSCO implements Ringgold Identifier (for usage reports on e-resources)

EBSCO Publishing—The First Aggregator to Implement Ringgold Identifier

~Ringgold Identifier to Provide Timely Information for Usage Reports ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — December 1, 2009 —A new agreement between EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Ringgold announces the implementation of the Ringgold Institutional Identifier within EBSCOhost® databases—supplying the Identifier to publishers with their usage reports. By implementing the Ringgold Identifier, EBSCO will be able to provide their publisher clients with accurate and timely reporting, and immediate integration of this information into their internal systems.
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eBook Readers and Standards, where to next? webinar summary

I attended the eBook Readers and Standards, where to next? webinar today.  My notes (done real time, please excuse typos) are below.

Speakers:  SarahRotman Epps, Forrester Analyst and Michael Smith, IDPF Executive Director Continue reading