The IDPF released May statistics on eBook sales. They are up $197%, approximately 23 million in revenues. See the IDPF site for the detailed stats.
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.
NYTimes article on Sony cutting eBook prices from 11.99 to 9.99.This is my favorite section: “Regarding the price cut for digital books, Mr. Haber said: “We have to offer value. It’s clear e-books should be less expensive than regular books, with the savings on printing and logistics getting passed on to the consumer.”and this is the worrisome part: “Book publishers will still retain their traditional cut of every e-book sale — about half the hardcover retail list price. But they are concerned that as online retailers like Amazon and Sony gain market power, they will eventually tire of losing money on e-book sales and ask publishers for lower wholesale prices, a move that would cut into their profit margins.” To me this says less publishers and more publishing control by Amazon and Sony. Toss Google in that mix and we’ve got ourselves quite a trifecta.
Swets Charleston Conference Scholarship
Swets North America is pleased to announce it is offering a $1,000 scholarship to attend the 2009 XXIX Annual Charleston Conference, taking place November 4-7, 2009.
Please complete an essay of no more than 1,000 words on the following topic:
“Figuring out the eBooks Equation: Please describe the most important service or solution missing from current eBook models. What are the potential benefits of this solution?” Continue reading Scholarship for Charleston Conference? Write an eBook essay
Nicolas Baker, famous within libraries for Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper (2001), has written an article about the Kindle for the New Yorker. Not much surprising, general kvetching: the Kindle doesn’t work well with images, text to speach is not an audiobook, not every book is available, etc. but I think it is interesting to see ebooks capturing such a large part of the popular culture’s attention.
The only part I think Mr. Baker missed the mark was in the reader chat forum. A reader asks:
“Do you see e-readers, including the Kindle or even iPod, playing any role in libraries? Or perhaps can you foresee libraries having a role in providing content to such devices? Librarians have played a huge role in my reading life and I’m not ready to cede that role over to Amazon or bn.com at the moment.”
In his response, Mr. Baker mentions print on demand machines and then adds, “but if all books become electronic, the task of big research libraries remains the same—keep what’s published in the form in which it appeared.”
Library = warehouse
Listened in on a Kindle Loan program at the Handheld Librarian conference today. Panelists from university and public libraries discussed their current Kindle loan programs. Some highlights included:
- Each school had between 4 and 8 Kindles for loan, mostly Kindle 1 and 2
- Circulation staff handled the loan/fines and the downloading of titles
- Program started as an ILL service, asking patrons with ILL requests if they were open to using the Kindle/ebook (about 1/2 were willing to during the pilot) Continue reading Loaning Kindles
Great article in the EduCause Quarterly “A Campus-Wide E-textbook Initiative.” Authors, Jon T. Rickman, Roger Von Holzen, Paul G. Klute, and Teri Tobin describes the process that Northwest Missouri State University followed to transition from a textbook rental program to an eTextbook rental program. eBook Readers, Laptops, and the NMSU implementation plan are discussed in detail. Continue reading eTextbook Article from EduCause Quarterly
Attended a virtual conference today, “The Handheld Librarian.” There were two presentations on ebooks, one related to Kindles in libraries and the other on ebook devices. The latter, presented by Charlotte Johnson of Southern Illinois University, highlighted the resourceful LibGuide she has developed on ebook reading devices. It is available from the SIU Edwardsville site. She has a section for each major device including Sony Reader, Kindle, Apple iTouch/iPhone, Plastic Logic, iRex, and Augmented Reality.
iFactory is an web development company in Boston. They have developed Sage Reference Online, Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness, and several Oxford University Press products. NSR got to talk with Tom Beyer, Director of Publishing at iFactory about eBook interfaces and the future of eBooks. Tom and 15 other interviews are listed on the NSR interviews page.
Articles linked from my delicious account this week include: