DOJ Response to the Google Book Settlement

Lots of news and blog sites are reporting on the Dept. of Justice response to the Google Book Settlement.

Teleread has a simple summary, referring folks to the 32 page DOJ official response, Resource Shelf summarizes a variety of news sources, and for a simple overview, see the DOJ Press Release.   The DOJ suggests the parties involved consider several changes to the agreement including:

  • imposing limitations on the most open-ended provisions for future licensing,
  • eliminating potential conflicts among class members,
  • providing additional protections for unknown rights holders,
  • addressing the concerns of foreign authors and publishers,
  • eliminating the joint-pricing mechanisms among publishers and authors, and,
  • whatever the settlement’s ultimate scope, providing some mechanism by which Google’s competitors can gain comparable access.

50 Benefits of eBooks

Michael Pastore of Zorba Press has released a revised edition of his benefits of eBooks title.  The new title – 50 Benefits of Ebooks – is available now in .pdf form and soon in EPUB and paperback for the very small price of $2.00.

I like benefit #13 – Ebooks Are Cheaper to Buy

In this entry, Michael predicts “Ebook prices will plummet! Or I will eat this ebook”   I hope so Michael.  But if they don’t, what condiment will you put on those bits and bytes?       gulp. Continue reading 50 Benefits of eBooks

Introducing the NEW Encyclopedia.com

Have you seen Gale/Cengage Learning’s encyclopedia.com lately?  It’s full of vetted reference information with some funky cool new features.  Check it out online and for a more detail description of the site, and it’s potential, read the latest in the Off The Shelf Column at Booklist Online.

Credo Reference adds new content

From a Credo Reference press release:

Hundreds of encyclopedias added to Credo’s award-winning reference platform this year.  Enhanced platform provides even more value for researchers

Boston and Oxford, (September 16, 2009) – It’s been a year since Credo Reference, the award winning online reference library, released its new platform, raising the standard for how online reference services should work for libraries. Since then, Credo has substantially expanded the academic content available on the platform, all at no additional cost for Credo Unlimited customers. Continue reading Credo Reference adds new content

Recent Articles

Academics, ProQuest, Networks Object to Google Settlement – 9/10/2009 – Library Journal

At Congressional Hearing, Register of Copyrights Slams Google Settlement – 9/10/2009 – Library Journal

So, Can Google Use OCLC Records? Yes, But – 9/10/2009 – Library Journal

This Could Be the Year of Digital Textbooks, if Students Accept Them

The Last Library Is Greater than Google | Peer to Peer Review – 9/3/2009 – Library Journal

When Every Student Has a Kindle | From the Bell Tower – 9/3/2009 – Library Journal

Google, “The Last Library,” and Millions of Metadata Mistakes – 9/3/2009 – Library Journal

Library Groups Step Up Criticism of Google Settlement; Some Academic Institutions Support It – 9/3/2009 – Library Journal

10 most pirated ebooks – not what you think!

The Daily Utah Chronicle – Student association urges U to put more textbooks online

OverDrive Releases Digital Audiobook Application for Windows Mobile(R)

A press release from Overdrive, September 9, 2009

First in a Series of Mobile Apps for Over-the-Air Downloading From Booksellers and Libraries

(Cleveland, OH) – September 9, 2009 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of digital audiobooks and eBooks to libraries and retailers, announced the release of the first in a series of free digital book applications for mobile devices. OverDrive® Media Console(TM) for Windows Mobile® (http://overdrive.com/software/omc) enables users with Windows Mobile phones to wirelessly download audiobooks, music, and video to their devices and play the titles with the same superior navigation features of OverDrive’s desktop software. To view a list of supported devices including Sprint Palm Treo(TM), AT&T Samsung Jack(TM), and Verizon HTC Touch Pro(TM), visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/devices/default.mspx.
Continue reading OverDrive Releases Digital Audiobook Application for Windows Mobile(R)

New Audio Interview with Erik Christopher, Blackwell

Spoke with Erik Christopher, Digital Services Sales Manager at Blackwell about their Collection Manager System for eBooks.  Blackwell is partnered with EBL, ebrary, and Ingram Digital.  Erik’s interview is linked from the NSR interviews page, one of many in our series.

For more information on this product, I’ve attached a pdf of Blackwell’s Collection Manager.  The top of the first page is white, so keep scrolling.

Charleston Conference – eBook preconference program

Here is an update on the eBook preconference planned for the Charleston Conference on November 4th.

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

eBooks: Not Just Another Binding

Cost: $125

Speakers: Lisa Sibert, Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, The UC Irvine Libraries; Lindsey Schell, University of Texas – Austin, Anne Behler, Information Literacy Librarian, Penn State University; Cynthia Cleto, Global eProduct Manager, eBooks, Springer Science+Business Media, eProduct Management+Innovation; Mike Morgan, President and CoFounder, Morgan Claypool; Emilie Delique and Randy Petway, Publishers Communication Group, Rich Rosy, Ingram Digital, Anh Bui, Highwire Press.

eBooks are not just another binding. As with any new technology, librarians and publishers are discovering many challenges in implementing eBooks. This full day pre-conference will explore several of these challenges including: eBook standards, including epub, DRM, interface features, and archiving; eBook readers and their use by aggregators and libraries; workflow issues in libraries like approval plans, catalog records; eBook economics including business models and transitioning from P to E; and the issues surrounding discoverability and visibility of eBooks..

A blog discussing the news and issues surrounding eBooks, for librarians and publishers.