Amazon Pulls Plug on

March 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off

Reprinted in full from –, one of the new and very popular ebook lending services, was shut down today. Amazon has pulled the plug on them. The API that connects them to the Amazon database has been revoked. According the a@lendleapp tweet, Amazon said Lendle doesn’t “serve the principal purpose of driving […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Lending Readers · New Products · Vendor News

The Future of Academic Reading – BGSU Discussion

March 14th, 2011 · Comments Off

Today I attended a discussion at Bowling Green State University on the future of academic reading.  It was a day long session involving a panel discussion of students and faculty, along with Amy Pawlowski, the Web Applications Manager at the Cleveland Public Library and myself as respondents. The panelists were mostly upper-class and graduate students, […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Library News

Articles of Interest

March 11th, 2011 · Comments Off

Where Do Libraries Fit in the Ebook Ecosystem? | Digital Book World The rise of the 99-cent Kindle e-book – CNET News The New Economics of the University Press — A Report from the AAUP Ohio System teams with Flat World Knowledge on free digital textbooks Interview with Ingram’s Skip Prichard Iowa to Launch Statewide […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Library News · Textbooks

Articles of Interest

February 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

McGraw-Hill’s iPad-enhanced ebooks by Inkling Could the Kindle be free by the end of the year? Barnes & Noble claims 25% of US e-book market share David Rothman promotes the National Digital Library on the Chronicle of Higher Education Go To Hellman: HarperCollins and the Suspension of eBook … Podcast: The Future of the Textbook, […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Lending Readers · Public Libraries · Publishing · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks

Articles of Interest

February 18th, 2011 · Comments Off

US Justice Department and FTC looking into Apple’s subscription service; EU monitoring as well What We Talk About When We Talk About Business Models – The Scholarly Kitchen Sustainable Business Models for Open Textbooks My experience with the Espresso Book Machine Publishing CTOs Want Standard Formats – eBookNewser The True Cost of Publishing on the […]

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Springer eBooks now also available in the Google eBookstore

February 17th, 2011 · Comments Off

Springer, who has existing eRetail partnerships with Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and others, announced this week the addition of the Google eBookstore for Springer eBook titles. From their press release:  Springer eBooks can now also be purchased via Google’s eBookstore. Google currently holds the biggest collection of Springer eBooks with more than 52,000 books, […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Discovery · Google Books · Publishing · Vendor News

TOC Keynote- Kevin Kelly, Wired

February 16th, 2011 · Comments Off

What Technology Wants, Kevin’s new book.  He says it’s the last paper book he’ll write because he is learning so much about digital publishing. Kevin’s keynote discussed “What’s Next” in his view and he offered 6 trends (verbs), screening, interacting, sharing, accessing, flowing, generating. Screening – screens everywhere, we are moving from people of the […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Publishing

TOC – Publisher CTO Panel, the future of ebook technology, TeleRead

February 15th, 2011 · Comments Off

Summary of Tools of Change session, reprinted in full from by Paul Biba Bill Godfrey (Elsevier), Rich Rothstein (HarperCollins Publishers), Andrew Savikas (O’Reilly Media, Inc.)Moderated by: Abe Murray (Google, Inc. ) Savikas: first foray in 1987. Stared with cd books and online books in 2001, which was first substantial digital presence. Wish is that […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · Enhanced eBooks · EPUB · Formats · Publishing · Surveys/Statistics

Articles of Interest

February 11th, 2011 · Comments Off

Global eReader Sales Expected To Grow To $8.2 Billion By 2014 – eBookNewser The Kindle Will (Finally) Get Page Numbers OERs: the good, the bad and the ugly E-Book Sales Rise in Children’s and Young Adult Categories – NY Times Apple responds: we want a cut of Amazon, Sony e-book sales Amazon Continues Its Push […]

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Library Journal Publishes Library eBook Survey Results – Sample Data Here

February 9th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Last summer, Library Journal and School Library Journal conducted an eBook survey for libraries.  The survey was designed to measure current and projected ebook availability in libraries, user preferences in terms of access and subjects, and library purchasing terms and influences.  They included an academic, public, and school library version of the survey.  Hundreds of […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · Lending Readers · Library News · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Surveys/Statistics