TOC Online eBook Conference Highlights

Some notes I made during the O’Reilly Tools of Change eBook conference (I only got to see the first hour):

O’Reilly.com selling twice as many eBooks today as they did last year, most are going overseas.

eBook pricing panel:

  • Bundling was a big topic – bundling eBook formats together and/or bundling the e and p.
  • Clear dropoff for eBook purchases that are priced higher that $10.  People seem to be comfortable spending the $9.99.
  • FREE – should work itself out, maybe giving certain things away will generate more sales, free drives more interest and the key is finding a way to keep that interest and turn it into revenues. Continue reading TOC Online eBook Conference Highlights

New articles of interest

Now bookmarked in my delicious account:

Single Purpose E-Book Readers are Dead – Tennant: Digital Libraries – Blog on Library Journal

Three kinds of e-book illegals: Felix Torres tutorial for NYT columnist Randall Stross and publishers

New York Times columnist fears napsterization of e-books

Library Groups: DOJ Filing “Completely” Changed Landscape for Google Settlement – 9/30/2009 – Library Journal

As Digital Texts Dominate, New Options for Print Arise – 10/1/2009 – Library Journal

In-depth review of four scholarly ebook services

NY Public Library and Kirtas team to make 500K public domain books freely available

Webinar on the Adobe eBook platform + EPUB format

Adobe announced a free webinar on October 22, 2009.

According to the site, the following will be discussed:

* How to author, protect and deliver content using the Adobe eBook platform.
* How to maximize content interoperability across devices using the EPUB file format.
* How Adobe ecosystem partners enhance the platform’s reach.
* How publishers, libraries and content aggregators can securely distribute eBooks.
* Why an open eBook ecosystem serves consumers and publishers best.

Librarians – CIBER Global Library Survey open through October 18th

Tish Wilson from ebrary just emailed me this press release:

CIBER Opens Global Library Survey in Conjunction with Charleston Conference, ebrary, and YBP
September 28, 2009 – London, UK – The CIBER research group at University College London (UCL) today invited all libraries to participate in an international survey examining challenges, trends, and best practices in tough economic times. Based on input from nearly 200 librarians worldwide, the questionnaire is now available and will remain open through October 18. Results of the survey, which is co-sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s YBP Library Services and ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, will be announced at the Charleston Conference, November 4-7 in Charleston, SC, USA. Continue reading Librarians – CIBER Global Library Survey open through October 18th

New articles of interest

Articles I’ve bookmarked this week include:

College Bookstores Hope to Turn Their Web Sites Into E-Book Portals

In Defense Of Google Books – Forbes.com

DRM viewpoints: Michael Gartenberg vs. Michael Masnick

On the ropes? Robert Darnton’s Case for Books – 9/14/2009 – Publishers Weekly

Google Signs Print-on-Demand Deal for Two Million Public Domain Titles – 9/17/2009 – Library Journal

Burn This Book – NetLibrary’s eBook of the month

cover125.gifIn honor of Banned Books Week, NetLibrary and HarperCollins are featuring Burn This Book:  PEN Writers Speak Out on the Power of the Word, edited by Toni Morrison as the eBook of the month.  The book is freely available from October 1 – 31, 2009.

From NetLibrary – Published in conjunction with the PEN American Center, Burn This Book explores the meaning of censorship, and the power of literature to inform the way we see the world, and ourselves. Contributors including Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, David Grossman, Nadine Gordimer and other literary heavyweights, discuss the importance of writing from various views, both political and social. They illustrate the need for freedom of speech and human rights, and they emphasize the target writers become in a tyranny.

New Audio Interview with Heather Staines from Springer

Heather Staines, Global eProduct Manager for SpringerLink, Springer Science + Business Media, and I had a nice conversation about Springer’s eBook preservation strategy.  The conversation was based on Heather’s article in Against the Grain, February 2009.  Heather discusses Portico, LOCKSS, and general eBook preservation issues.   Listen to Heather’s interview and many others through the NSR interviews page.

Want to chat about eBook Devices in Libraries?

A new Google discussion group has been launched to discuss eBook devices in libraries.  According to the site, “this group is designed for discussions of what libraries are doing vis-a-vis eBook services designed primarily for reading on portable electronic reading devices.”  As of this morning, 85 members have joined, but the discussion is a bit quiet.  I’m certain that will change soon as there is plenty to talk about on eBook devices in libraries.  Anyone can join and the group email address is:  ebook-devices-in-libraries@googlegroups.com

Webinar on Consumer Book Buying

From a Bowker Press Release –
Bowker and AAP Will Host Webinar on Consumer Book Buying

“The Big Picture” Will Highlight 2009 Consumer Demographics and Behavior

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ–(Marketwire – September 22, 2009) – Who is today’s book consumer, where are they shopping and how successful are we at reaching them will be the subject of a forthcoming hour-long webinar for industry professionals, a first-of-its-kind sneak peek into book buying trends for the first half of 2009. Set for Thursday, October 22, from 2:00 p.m – 3 pm EDT, the webinar will be co-hosted by Bowker and the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Continue reading Webinar on Consumer Book Buying

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