Great article in the Chronicle of Higher Education today about 4 options UPs have for creating eBook content. The choices include: JSTOR, Project MUSE, Oxford University Press, and a consortium led by several midsize presses.
From the COHE article, written by Jennifer Howard – “Everyone is rushing now to announce,” Douglas Armato, director of the University of Minnesota Press, said via e-mail. He has been involved in the planning conversations behind some of the new ventures. “The good news, I think, is that the e-transition for the institutional market is clearly—and finally—at escape velocity,” he added.
James Mouw, assistant director for technical and electronic resources and the electronic resources officer at the University of Chicago Library, was interviewed for an article in the Chronicle this week. The article, E-Books: What a Librarian Wants, discusses simultaneous release, DRM, perpetual access, and workflow issues. James will be speaking at the Charleston Conference in November during the E-Everything preconference. He will be one of the presenters discussing electronic content integration.
From Teleread By David Rothman
6 Lessons One Campus Learned about E-Textbooks is the headline over Jeffrey R. Young’s article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. But perhaps it should read instead, “E-textbooks not ready for college students yet, at least in many cases.”
Northwestern Missouri State University used the Sony Reader in a pilot study and, according to Young, found that students demanded printed books instead because of navigation problems with E.
Mind you, this wasn’t with the new PRS-700, which lets you use a stylus to move around. So maybe the results would have been different. Continue reading E-textbooks not ready for college students yet?
The Chronicle of Higher Education featured an article on the Kindle and use of it for textbooks. Two interesting points were made. First, many students already carry around a device that can read eBooks, their laptops. Second, publishers want to end the used textbook market, which cuts off their profits. By making textbooks in eBook form with licensing limiting resale, they capture the market again…..at least until students figure out a way to share them!