Interview with Eric Frank, Flat World Knowledge

April 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

Last week while at ACRL, I moderated a session on the role of the academic library with the adoption of digital textbooks.  Eric Frank, Co-Founder and President of Flat World Knowledge, was on the panel.  We had a chance to talk afterward about the Flat World Knowledge product and business model and the future of […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Interviews · Textbooks · Vendor News

Google Books, links to letters, objections/responses

December 21st, 2009 · Comments Off

Here’s a link to the letter sent to the DOJ from the Exec Dir’s of ALA/ACRL/ARL on December 15th, outlining concerns of pricing and the lack of academic representation on the Registry Board. And another link for the NY Law School document outlining the objections and responses in the amended settlement.

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Google Books

Comments on Google Book Search Settlement Coming to a Head (Again)

September 4th, 2009 · Comments Off

Originally Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2009, at 2:40 pm, by Peter Murray.  For best linking results, go to Peter’s original post. Ah, it is the beginning of September when thoughts turn to going back to school, the days turn a little colder (in the northern hemisphere) and the smell of lawsuit briefs is in […]

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Tags: Google Books · Press Releases

The Google Book Scanning Project: Issues and Updates – EDUCAUSE Webinar Summary

September 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Sat in on the EDUCAUSE webinar on the Google Book scanning project.  The speakers were Jonathan Band Counsel, Library Copyright Alliance Dan Clancy Engineering Director, Google Book Search

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Google Books

eBook Platform Evaluation Criteria

June 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment

While at ACRL, I met a Librarian at Wellesley College by the name of Deborah Lenares.  She was in the midst of evaluating ebook aggregator platforms and shared with me her comparative spreadsheet.  It’s quite thorough and I thought it could be a great community project to work on it together.  So, Deborah has posted […]

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms

Google Book Search Settlement

May 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Posting on behalf of Peter Murray, OhioLINK, full post at:  http://dltj.org/article/gbs-summary/ Today was to be the deadline for objecting to, opting out of, and/or filing briefs with the court on the Google Book Search Settlement. That was the plan, at least, when the preliminary approval statement from the court was issued last year. That deadline […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Google Books

Patron Initiated Purchasing at ACRL

March 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Thanks to the 100+ Librarians who attended our ACRL session on Patron Initiated Purchasing.  During the presentation, Alice and I surveyed the attendees, using audience response systems.  These results have been posted to the ACRL Virtual Conference.  In a nutshell: 85% of you have collection development responsibilities 94% purchase ebooks 61% were familiar with patron […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Surveys/Statistics