The wait is finally over, well only if you own a Windows based device, for the blio reader from K-NFB and it’s partner Baker and Taylor. There is a full story in Business Wire, but the highlights include:
Mark your calendars for September 29th, the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit – eBooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point. This looks like it will be a fabulous event with great keynote speakers lined up and a diverse selection of panel discussions. Ray Kurzweill, Kevin Kelly, and David Lankes are featured keynote speakers. The breakout sessions will feature program tracks for school, public, and academic libraries. The program is available online, and early bird registration for the VERY LOW price of $19.95 (librarians and students) ends on July 30th. I’m sure this great price is thanks to the sponsors – OverDrive, Baker and Taylor, Capstone Digital, and Gale/Cengage.
Congrats LJ – this is a wonderful idea and I can’t wait to attend.
Today’s LJ Academic Newswire reported on Database Marketplace 2010. They listed several new interfaces and features from eBook publishers. For the full story, visit the LJ Academic Newswire. Continue reading Publishers beef up on eBook offerings
Baker & Taylor recently announced a partnership with Information Age Publishing and Wiley (announcement) for print on demand services. Using B & T’s Textstream Digital Print Service, over 1,000 backfiles from Information Age Publishing and a wide variety of backfile titles from Wiley will now be available POD for B & T customers.
B & T launched it’s Textstream Digital Print Service in the fall of 2009. Textstream offers digital print and bind options with a variety of options including: hardcover, spiral bindings, dust-jackets, and 4-color inside pages.
Making the Case for Digital Printing – Tools of Change Conference – Feb. 22, 1:30 – 3:30
Brian O’Leary and Ashley Gordon
This session was directed to publishers who are thinking about digital printing opportunities. The speakers were obviously pro-digital printing and provided many examples of the benefits of digital printing for publishers. But, libraries should take note. Digital printing could be a good source of revenue for libraries who have large digital collections. I particular like the idea of “chunking” and creating keepsake books from public domain material (discussed below). Consortia could purchase a POD machine and member libraries could use this for a variety of projects, just think of the number of digital collections in one consortia. What great revenue! The speakers discussed 3 overlapping segments in digital printing- digital printing vendors, onsite services, and author services
Digital printing is more than print on demand (POD). POD is a strategy in digital printing.
Content: Think in terms of content, not the physical book Continue reading Tools of Change – Making the Case for Digital Printing
Have you heard about blio reader, the free ebook reader from Baker & Taylor? I got a demo of it last week at the American Library Association conference in Boston. It’s pretty cool, offering full color and audio for any open system – MAC, PC, iPhone, netbook, etc. Blio was developed by a gamer – very cool and wise decision in my opinion. Even children’s books looked and sounded good on this reader. Some cool features I saw included:
- full color
- text 2 speech (TTS) – which sounded pretty good
- track audio down to the word, start reading again at the exact word
- embedded multimedia
- page turning
- highlight word and get a definition
- reflowable text
- change font
- some titles were narrated, depends on publisher
- publishers can edit/control the voice for text 2 speech reading – change gender, tone, speed, etc.
blio will be available for the retail market in February with access to over 1 million free ebooks and a large selection of trade/childrens titles for purchase, through the online bookstore. B & T plans to expand to the library market in the summer of 2010. The website offers a comparison chart of various ereaders. Check it out.
From an ebrary press release:
Final survey report now freely available courtesy of Charleston Conference, YBP, and ebrary
December 21, 2009—London, UK—CIBER research group at University College London today announced the availability of the final report for its global library survey that concerns challenges, trends, and best practices during tough economic times. Co-sponsored by Charleston Conference, Baker & Taylor’s YBP Library Services, and ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, the survey was completed by 835 institutions around the world. Anyone may receive a complimentary copy of the final report by registering at http://www.ebrary.com/corp/inforequest/survey2009.jsp. Continue reading CIBER Announces Results of Global Library Survey, Findings to Be Discussed at ALA Midwinter
Received a press release from Gale/Cengage today. Baker and Taylor will now distribute the GVRL e-book collection, Lit Crit, and the Directory Library. B&T is the first wholesaler to sell GVRL. See the full press release below.
Continue reading Baker & Taylor partners with Gale/Cengage to sell eBooks