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Articles of Interest

Some interesting articles and blog posts these past couple weeks on e-books.  The New Yorker article on the iPad, the Kindle and the future of e-books is particularly good.

Google Book Settlement Market Analysis Q&A – 4/22/2010 – Library Journal

The iPad, the Kindle, and the future of books: newyorker.com

More Texas school districts look at whether to switch to online textbooks

Librarians Discuss E-books During Seminar at London Book Fair « ResourceShelf

Key Findings from New Report: Scholarly Book Publishing Practice Report 2010 « ResourceShelf

Ebook sales up 176.6% in 2009 and passes audiobook sales

Can eBooks Save University Presses?

Faculty Survey Warns of Potential Irrelevance for Academic Libraries, Suggests New Roles – 4/8/2010 – Library Journal

Come On In: The New Improved Open Library!

Several universities to issue iPads to students

International Children’s Digital Library to release iPad app

If you’re a book reader, should you buy an iPad? / The Christian Science Monitor – CSMonitor.com

Christian Science Monitor to stop print

While not an eBook, this is a big step for the Christian Science Monitor, the first major newspaper to take the leap to online only.  An October 28th NYT article reported the Christian Science Monitor will move to online only in April of 2009, but will begin to publish a weekend news magazine.  The Christian Science Monitor states it hopes to achieve 3 goals with the switch to online distribution.  Those are:

  • Producing a website with 24/7 access, easy updates, and instant access to current news
  • Focusing resources where the majority of its readers are – online
  • Eliminating the costs of print production to become financially sustainable

This appears to be the logical move for a major newspaper with declining print subscriptions.  It will be interesting to see if other large newspapers follow, and how quickly.  Curious too, how might this affect libraries?  In my academic library, we already subscribe online and receive microfilm rather than print.  We’ll have to keep an eye on the subscription costs and see how they change as a result of the switch.  Gee, maybe the money we spend on the microfilm will actually be used to buy something else!