By Paul Biba teleread.orgWell, it looks as if the rationale for TeleRead’s existence is still extant. Ebook sales are just continuing to increase. Here’s the info I got by email from Michael Smith of the IDPF this afternoon: Continue reading Ebook sales continue to rise – latest IDPF info
Roger Sperberg wrote an interesting piece, “How to give away an ebook after you’ve read it” in the Teleread blog. He discusses the idea of patrons purchasing an ebook to read for themselves and donating it to the library when they are finished. Roger states, “If I buy an ebook of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, then it’s glued to me. Love it or hate it, I can’t give it to the library for others to read. So why doesn’t the library set up a program for donors: “Buy it in our name and we’ll lend it to you first.” Continue reading Is it possible to donate an eBook to the library?
From RI Newsline:
Over the next three months readers at the British Library can try out three e-book readers from Sony and iRex Technologies … Devices on display include the Sony Reader, the iRex DR1000 and the iLiad.
From the press release, “Offering a hugely versatile reading experience, e-readers have seen an explosion of interest in recent months, with leading publishing experts suggesting that the industry has finally hit its ‘iPod moment’.”
ebrary Integrates with RefWorks and EndNote, Adds Printing to QuickView, Offers Search by Collection
May 18, 2009 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, today announced that it has enhanced its industry-renowned interface with a number of new capabilities that make content discovery, usage, and management quicker and more productive.
All ebrary products now integrate with RefWorks and EndNote for easy citation management. End-users may choose to enable RefWorks, EndNote, or both. Once enabled, these options appear under the new InfoTools™ menu in ebrary’s QuickView™ Reader, which does not require any software downloads or installations, as well as in search results and personal bookshelves. Continue reading ebrary Integrates with RefWorks and EndNote
University of Pittsburgh Press makes 500 titles avaialable
By Paul Biba
The following is a press release I thought you would find of interest:
PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh Press, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Library System and the Chicago Digital Distribution Center (CDDC), is making nearly 500 out-of-print Press titles available again for scholars and students around the world. Representing the full range of scholarly series and subject areas published by the Press, these titles are now part of the University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions collection, fully searchable and freely accessible to anyone with an internet connection through the University of Pittsburgh Library Systemʼs D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program. Continue reading University of Pittsburgh Press makes 500 Titles Available
One of my favorite blogs is Teleread, an eBook blog started way back in 1992. Yesterday I was able to speak with Paul Biba, Co-Editor of Teleread. We had a great conversation about the blog, eBooks in the mass market, DRM and standards. Check it out on the NSR interviews page. Thanks Paul!
The NYT had a very interesting article yesterday on the book piracy. It highlights the increasing amount of illegal sites to download pirated eBooks, or print books that were scanned. Publishers are spending much more staff time and hiring large legal departments to track down sites. Here’s a quote from the article: “It’s a game of Whac-a-Mole,” said Russell Davis, an author and president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a trade association that helps authors pursue digital pirates. “You knock one down and five more spring up.”
I sometimes see posts on a variety of library distribution lists about finding reference titles online for free, and it makes them quite mad that they’ve just paid hundreds of dollars for the same book, either in print or e. Maybe the publishers should give these angry librarians the Whac-a-Mole paddles and let us track down those pirates 😉 21st Century shushing at it’s best.
The NY Times released it’s 2.0 Reader today, powered by Adobe Air. The basics:
- works on Windows, MAC, linux
- updates every 5 minutes
- stories run in multiple sections of the paper
- news feed for breaking news
- read off-line
- 7 day archive
- even has the crossword
- all for $3.95 a week
This short flash clip highlights the reader –Long Live the Newspaper!
NY Times article explaining the Reader.
The Chronicle of Higher Education featured an article on the Kindle and use of it for textbooks. Two interesting points were made. First, many students already carry around a device that can read eBooks, their laptops. Second, publishers want to end the used textbook market, which cuts off their profits. By making textbooks in eBook form with licensing limiting resale, they capture the market again…..at least until students figure out a way to share them!
An abledbody news article last week discusses the new Kindle DX and it’s text-to-speech program that will read a book aloud. According to the abledbody article, the Kindle does not go far enough to provide an accessible player to persons with disabilities. The eBook menus and controls are not audio accessible, limiting access to those with visual disabilities. I’m not certain Kindle had persons with disabilities in mind when they created this new text-to-speech feature since it is not limited to those with disabilities. Kindle will work with Pearson, Cengage Learning, Wiley and 75 other University Presses to provide textbooks on the Kindle this year. Additionally, 3 newspapers have given Amazon the rights to text-to-speech content, NYT, Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. Sounds to me like the much broader market, with a potential to listen to books in the car, while walking, doing housework, or any other multitude of activities is what got Amazon tickled pink about text-to-speech. Just in case you didn’t hear, Kindle will begin a text book pilot program with 6 Universities this fall.