As was reported earlier, Sony and Overdrive have partnered to promote library e-book collections. Sony seems to be embracing the library world as its competitive edge. Why would one want to buy a Kindle and then have to buy content when you can buy a Sony and borrow much content for free?
It’s unlikely that Amazon will be interested in integrating the Kindle with library e-book collections, since the purpose of the Kindle is to act as a mobile storefront.
It’s been interesting to read blog comments related to the announcement. There’s a lot of love out there for libraries, and, it seems, a lot of potential customers who are interested in the remote use of library e-collections.
A large part of the integration of Sony and Overdrive is the “Library Finder” feature linked from the Sony Ebook Store. I’m rather disappointed in the execution of the service. Instead of being able to search for a title and see which libraries have it, which you can do from the Overdrive site, you first have to search for a local library and then search for a title.
I’m hoping for a Sony integration partner on the academic market side. There are academic e-book vendors who support the epub format who would be a natural fit for Sony integration. In the library where I work we’re planning to circulate Sony Readers to support our EBook Library collection.
The Sony press conference was held at New York Public Library. I’m still trying to figure out if the partnership with NYPL goes beyond the use of the Overdrive collection. If any NSR readers have some insight please post a comment.
I attended a Swets webinar about efficiently acquiring R & D eBooks for the library. I got a quick glance at the Swets interface, due to launch this January. They will have eBook title metadata and TOC loaded with ISBNs (and ISBN13) from a variety of publishers (no list available just yet). Search features look simple enough (quick/advanced) as do the ordering features (shopping cart). Vendors for particular titles and/or collections were listed with a set price for “one-off” purchases (title by title) and collections. They offered concurrent user purchases (3, 8, 10, etc.) with a set price for each option which is quite nice. A participant asked about archiving/perpetual access to eBooks she purchases. Swets answer – publishers decide if books are available as a subscription or perpetual access. Those that offer perpetual access, the publisher will host the eBooks perpetually. Can you get a copy for yourself or for a 3rd party to host? – that’s up to the publisher. Doesn’t sound like Swets will be in the archiving business, but then they aren’t hosting the content, the publishers are. I asked about MARC records, mentioning the lack of quality of freely available MARC records provided with eBook purchases. Again, that is the publishers, they provide the MARC records from a variety of sources……let’s just hope the publishers follow the existing MARC standards. Continue reading Swetswise Webinar Summary
From an Overdrive press release:
(Cleveland, OH) – August 12, 2009 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global digital distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries, announced today a joint marketing agreement with Sony Electronics, Inc., developer of the Sony Reader Digital Book (www.sony.com/reader). OverDrive and Sony will cross-market OverDrive’s library network and the Reader, the leading eBook device that is compatible with industry standard eBook formats offered by libraries. Continue reading Overdrive and Sony to cross-market
I recently posted about the ebrary 50% off ebook title sale, which included a few publishers. We’ll it’s grown now to include many more publishers. See the press release below and use the real-time link of publishers for the most accurate list. Continue reading 50% off ebook titles – more publishers added
I’ve resisted posting information about sales and specials from various publishers and aggregators for fear of favoritism, but this eBook deal is pretty good, crosses many publishers, and could save libraries lots of money (which is the main reason I’ll post it). If other aggregators have similar announcements, I’ll be glad to post those in order to be fair. Here are the details: Continue reading Attention Libraries – Discounted eBooks – backlist titles 50% off
Have you tried out DailyLit? It’s a great ebook site that sends daily installments of books via email or RSS feed. Here are some tips and tricks they suggest. TIPS AND TRICKS ON DAILYLIT
Here are some useful tips you may not know that can help make DailyLit even easier to use:
—Customize: You can completely customize the delivery date, time, format (HTML or plain-text), and length (normal, 2X, or 4X) of your installments. Click on “Advanced” while you’re signing up for a book or click on the “Manage Your Book Settings” link at the end of any installment—then click on “More” next to the name of the book you want to edit.
Continue reading DailyLit Tips and Tricks
NSR has a great new interview posted with Andy Weissberg, VP of Identifier Services and Corporate Marketing at Bowker. One of Andy’s tasks at Bowker is the ISTC, the International Standard Text Code. This interview discusses the ISTC, ISBN, and other standards which relate to the publishing industry (for ordering/selling/tracking) and for libraries. It’s a long interview, but well worth the time. Caution, lots of Acroynms 😉 During the interview Andy mentions his ALA presentation, which you can see here. For more information on the ISTC see their website.
Infobase Publishing (Facts on File, Chelsea House, Ferguson Publishing) has just launched search widgets for their eBook platform. See the press release here.
The widgets search only the eBook content that your institution has access to. From the press release, “Infobase Publishing is pleased to
announce the launch of our new account-specific eBook Search Widgets, designed to expand access and promote usage within your institution. These customized Search
Widgets will allow users to search all the eBooks to which you have access from Infobase Publishing.”
A press release from Gale concerning Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia is below. I suspect this transformation from multi-volume print sources to interactive subscription based “databases” will be the norm from here on. I really hope they have animal sounds, you never know when you might need to have lions roaring in your office.
Farmington Hills, Mich., July 10, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the transformation of Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia into an interactive, media-rich online interface. This new digital version will be available this fall. Continue reading Grzimek’s transformed to interactive, media-rich online product
The recent “Off The Shelf” column in Booklist features a discussion of Paratext’s Reference Universe. This and previous columns are linked on the NSR articles page.