Entries Tagged as 'Standards'

E-textbooks not ready for college students yet?

June 8th, 2009 · Comments Off

From Teleread   By David Rothman 6 Lessons One Campus Learned about E-Textbooks is the headline over Jeffrey R. Young’s article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. But perhaps it should read instead, “E-textbooks not ready for college students yet, at least in many cases.” Northwestern Missouri State University used the Sony Reader in a pilot […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Standards · Textbooks

Interview with Paul Biba, Co-Editor, Teleread

May 14th, 2009 · Comments Off

One of my favorite blogs is Teleread, an eBook blog started way back in 1992.  Yesterday I was able to speak with Paul Biba, Co-Editor of Teleread.  We had a great conversation about the blog, eBooks in the mass market, DRM and standards.  Check it out on the NSR interviews page.  Thanks Paul!

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Tags: DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interviews · Standards

Tim O’Reilly: Kindle needs open ePub-style standard to survive, from Teleread.org

February 25th, 2009 · Comments Off

Tim O’Reilly: Kindle needs open ePub-style standard to survive www.teleread.org – Posted: 23 Feb 2009 08:40 AM CST “Unless Amazon embraces open e-book standards like ‘epub,’ which allow readers to read books on a variety of devices, the Kindle will be gone within two or three years.” – Tim O’Reily in Why Kindle should be […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Standards

e-content will overtake traditional books in sales by 2018

October 16th, 2008 · Comments Off

Just one of the findings from the Frankfurt Book Fair survey of over 1,000 industry professionals.  All of the survey results are in the press release. Here’s a snippet about the challenges, which I find interesting: Challenges facing the industry 70 per cent of respondents may feel ready for the digital challenge, but industry professionals […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · DRM · Formats · Press Releases · Standards · Surveys/Statistics

eBooks, DRM, and ILL, a superior blend or a toxic cocktail?

October 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments

My recent discussion with Cynthia Cleto from Springer got me thinking about some issues.  I’m curious if Springer’s model – no DRM and ILL rights – is unique or if other ebook publishers and aggregators offer similar things.  To me, it’s a superior blend, but I’m thinking that most publishers and aggregators feel it’s a […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · DRM · Standards

EPUB Standard now on Sony Reader

July 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

From Publishers Weekly: Sony Adopts EPUB Standard for Reader By Jim Milliot — Publishers Weekly, 7/24/2008 7:16:00 AM The International Digital Publishing Forum’s epub e-book standard received a big vote of support this morning when Sony announced that effective immediately its Sony Reader will now support the standard. Beginning in August, all new devices shipped […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Standards

.epub standard gets support letter from AAP

May 16th, 2008 · Comments Off

.epub – an XML file extension for “reflowable” digital books and publications received a support letter from the AAP – Association of American Publishers at the Digital Book Conference on May 14th.  Check the IDPF website for the support letter and more information on ebook standards.

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Tags: Conferences/Events · EPUB · Formats · Standards · Vendor News

eBooks and ILL, is there a solution?

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

I’ve been hearing lots of conversation about eBooks and the inability to use them for ILL requests.  With a shift in purchasing to electronic, how will this affect the ILL service? Should we be getting ILL rights with purchase?  How would that work in the world of authentication and proxy servers?  Are librarians thinking about […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Library News · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Standards

E-Books in Higher Education: Nearing the End of the Era of Hype?

March 14th, 2008 · Comments Off

Mark R. Nelson’s new article on E-Books is a must read. Check it out in EDUCAUSE Review, link above. Highlights include: what is an eBook, recent eBook developments, eBook readers, standards, adoption and cultural acceptance of eBooks, and what all this means to Higher Education (and eventually all education).

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Standards

Kindle: from Amazon.

February 26th, 2008 · 4 Comments

How do you think Kindle, Amazon’s wireless reader, will affect the development and sale of eBook content? Will Amazon’s enormous market and broad availability create a defacto eBook publishing standard?

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Standards