Is this fuel for the anti DRM fire or what?
Teleread.org – You really DON’T own your Amazon ebooks
Posted: 17 Jul 2009 06:43 AM PDT
Got this email from John Hagewood and it just had to be shared with you:
Weirdness in Kindle-land:
this morning I got an email from Amazon saying:
We’re writing to confirm that we have processed your refund for
$0.99 for the above-referenced order.
The total refund amount will be credited to your credit card in
3-5 business days.
The following is the breakdown of your refund:
Animal Farm by George Orwell. Published by MobileReference (mobi)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Continue reading Amazon yanks content
The Charleston Conference has announced their pre-conference program. There is one on eBooks – Wednesday, November 4th.
eBooks: Not Just Another Binding
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Speakers: Keith Powell, Head of Acquisitions, The UC Irvine Libraries ; Lisa Sibert, Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, The UC Irvine Libraries; and Holly Tomren, Electronic Resources and Metadata Cataloger and Interim Head, Monograph Cataloging, The UC Irvine Libraries; Other speakers TBA – but will include representatives from Springer,Ingram Digital, and the Publishers Communication Group. Continue reading Charleston Conference – eBook preconference program
Last Friday at the NISO/BISG forum on changing standards I heard a presentation by Andy Weissberg at Bowker on the ISTC standard. This standard was adopted in March of 2009 and according to an ISTC press release, “The ISTC system provides a means of uniquely and persistently identifying textual works in information systems, and facilitates the exchange of information about such works between publishers, authors and authors associations, collective management organizations, libraries, search engines and others on an international level. The ISTC makes it possible to group products containing the same content, or even in some cases, different content with the same origins, together, optimizing their discoverability in search engines, retail and library cataloging systems. Continue reading ISTC – International Standard Text Code
Last Friday at ALA I was part of a NISO/BISG panel on the changing standards landscape. There were many speakers, each discussing various aspects of eBook standards like business models, ISBNs, epub, DRM, and the standards and features needed by librarians (which was my part). I’ve summarized my presentation here and would welcome additional suggestions and ideas from librarians. Sue Continue reading eBook Standards – summary of NISO/BISG program
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
CHICAGO—Booklist Online announces the addition of Points of Reference to its growing family of blogs. Mary Ellen Quinn and a team of front-line experts from academic, public and school libraries post about reference sources and trends in reference publishing and services. Continue reading Booklist launches new reference blog
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.
Farmington Hills, Mich., June 24, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of PowerSearch 2.0, an enhanced version of the original PowerSearch platform which provides the library community comprehensive access to authoritative reference, periodical and primary source information, providing greater “power to the user.”
PowerSearch 2.0 simplifies browsing through Gale’s more than 20,000 publications, providing the ability to search across more than 150 million documents. The new interface provides users a Web-like experience and includes added features that will appeal to and empower library patrons, students and other researchers. Continue reading Gale’s PowerSearch 2.0 launched with several new features
If you are heading to ALA this week here is another eBook session that may be of interest. (check out the NISO/BISG eBook standards program too)
To be or not to be….DRM free
Saturday, July 11, 2009
10:30 – 12:00
Sorry, but I don’t have a location for this program.