New Articles of Interest

August 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

Tons of good reads these last few days.  Have a look: Why Metadata Matters for the Future of E-Books How Apple and Amazon Are Screwing You on Ebooks Three new ebook platforms nearing their debut Seize and Solve This Challenge: Keeping Libraries Viable in this EReading World Apple Faces Class Action Suit Because iPad Not […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · New Products · Public Libraries · Publishing · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks

BISG Study – 7% of eBook downloads are from a library

August 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Book Industry Study Group, along with a variety of corporate sponsors, launched a study in late 2009 about consumer attitudes toward e-book reading.  Consumers were asked a series of questions in Nov. 2009, Jan. 2010 and again in July 2010.  Some initial results were released during a twitter #followreader discussion hosted by O’Reilly TOC.  […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Discovery · DRM · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Surveys/Statistics

New Kindle Gets Thumbs Up from National Federation of the Blind

August 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

Flashback to fall 2009 and the pilot textbook study with the Kindle DX on 4 college campuses.  Result…failure due to law suit from the National Federation of the Blind.  The device, not accessible.  Luckily Amazon learned from this mistake and went back to development, producing their new Kindle with a voice guide that reads all […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Ebook Readers · New Products · Press Releases · Textbooks · Vendor News

Webinar Summary eBooks vs. Apps: Pros, Cons, and Possibilities

July 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I attended the Digital Book World/Aptara webinar today -eBooks vs. Apps:  The Pros, Cons, and Possibilities.  My notes are below, summarizing the content.  Very interesting webinar and some really good content, eye opening for a librarian to see what features are being discussed for enhanced ebooks, brings back memories of interfaces past and present.  Slides […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices

eBook vs. Hardcover: Beyond the Headlines

July 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Another great summary article from Digital Book World, this time written by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, “eBook vs. Hardcover:  Beyond the Headlines.”  Gonzalez analyzes the Amazon announcement that it’s eBook sales now outnumber hardback sales.  He states 3 important takeaways: the iPad is not a replacement for the Kindle, but complimentary.  The long game for Amazon […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Publishing · Vendor News

New Articles of Interest

March 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

I’m way behind on posting links to articles I’ve bookmarked in delicious.  There’s been so much activity in the industry these last few weeks that I can’t keep up.  So, here is a long list of things I’ve found from the past month. Amazon Ups the Anti in eBook Price Wars; Rumors Say Apple is […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Google Books · New Products · Textbooks

10 Takeaways from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference for Librarians

February 26th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time.  Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and network   about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing.  While much of the information presented was for the publishing industry, I did manage to find several […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Library News · Marketing · Print on demand · Self Publishing · Textbooks

TOC- Who Needs You, Big Publishing?

February 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

TOC – Wednesday keynote - Who Needs You, Big Publishing?  How Authors Can Own Al Rights and Make More Monday – Scott Sigler every word he’s every published is completely free, unabridged, everything – the whole story, he puts the decision process on the consumer to decide if his content is good enough for them to […]

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TOC – Lessons Learned from the Failure of Ebooks in 2000

February 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off

Tools of Change – Lessons Learned from the Failure of Ebooks in 2000, and What They Mean to the Future of Electronic Publishing – Feb. 23 Michael Mace, Rubicon Consulting – mike@rubiconconsulting.com Don’t fall in love with the way you do business today because that will change. Mike’s Agenda: Barriers to eBook adoption Printed books […]

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eBook Wars – a live podcast this Wednesday

February 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments

**Note, this was recorded**  info below.  This Wednesday, Feb. 10th from 2PM – 3PM EST, Copyright Clearance Center’s Chris Kenneally will be hosting a special Beyond the Book live podcast (http://beyondthebookcast.com/live-webcast/) examining the eBook Wars, which are taking shape with MacMillan challenging Amazon and the rise of eReaders and the iPad. During the podcast, Chris […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events