A must read post from the Librarian in Black blog, Future of Libraries 2010: The Consumer and Library E-book Markets, offers a summation from 3 speakers at this event held in San Francisco on September 21st. They include Paul Sims, Ann Awakuni, and Henry Bankhead.
A few clips from the post:
Paul Sims, “He believes that eBooks have the potential to disrupt our ability to provide access to collections. He quoted the ALA Core Value about Access: “All information resources that are provided directly or indirectly by the library, regardless of technology, format, or methods of delivery, should be readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all library users.” eBooks are preventing us from meeting this core value.” Continue reading
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. The following is an excerpt from the TOC post: (note that “library” is reported for 7% of ebook downloads) (after original post found out that Kelly from BISG said that library downloads are so much in their infancy they don’t have a large enough sample. They hope to do a survey soon regarding this.) Continue reading
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 menu options aloud so blind and other print-disabled people can navigate the device menus.
Kudos from the Federation Press Release: “Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We commend Amazon on the unveiling of a new Kindle that blind and print-disabled people can use. In order to compete in today’s digital society, blind and print-disabled people must be able to access the same reading technologies as the sighted. The National Federation of the Blind has long been urging Amazon to make its reading device accessible, and we are pleased that our efforts have come to fruition.”
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 are available – definitely look at the comparison chart, discussed below.
Speakers: Eric Freese, Pablo Defendini and Peter Costanzo; Moderator: Guy LeCharles Gonzalez
enhanced ebooks – are easier to develop because it the preparation of a data file, usually less expensive, based on a standard, interoperable because they are built on EPUB, but some vendors will wrap DRM around them making them slightly inoperable.
apps – are programs specifically written for a platform and interoperability cannot be guaranteed; easier for the functionality to be successful by it required custom development expertise. Continue reading
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 always has been leveraging their existing customer base and becoming the dominant seller of eBooks
- eBooks fit perfectly into Amazons long tail strategy
- Amazon chooses words carefully, stating their “hardcover sales continue to grow”
Gonzalez also says, “eBooks undoubtedly offer the opportunity to expand overall book sales and direct engagement with readers, but only if publishers can get above the trees and take a look at the forest.”
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.
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 great ideas and concepts that relate to libraries. I’d like to share these with you, in no apparent order. Continue reading
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 purchase
- he has his own website, facebook, twitter, mySpace, etc. - all with a good number of followers; constant connection with his audience which he can stay in front of
- His book ANCESTOR – put out in April of 2007
- he had already given it away for free, but it was now for sale online by a small Canadian publisher
- he topped the charts in his genre on Amazon
- this success has led to more books, more paperbacks, hardcovers, etc. Continue reading
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t fall in love with the way you do business today because that will change.
- Barriers to eBook adoption
- Printed books may be the last things to get converted
- Economic structure of traditional publishing is unstable
- Be prepared Continue reading