Charleston Conference, eBooks, Not just another binding preconference
Session 4 – eBook Economics
Morgan & Claypool Publishers are famous for publishing high quality STM e-books without DRM. As a new publisher, the company’s main focus is on ebooks rather than print. The company’s cofounder, Mike Morgan, will speak about how this enables them to create works that can fill the needs of researchers, students and librarians in ways that traditional books cannot.
Mike Morgan, President and CoFounder, Morgan & Claypool -Morgan presentation
As the ebook has developed, so too has the business model. Here, a variety of ebook business models will be examined, highlighting opportunities and challenges with each, and presenting creative business models for unique situations.
Cynthia Cleto, Global eProduct Manager, eBooks, Springer Science+Business Media – Cleto presentation
If you are headed to Charleston next week and have Wednesday free, please consider attending the preconference. The full program is listed here. Summaries/highlights will be posted to the blog after the event.
EBOOKS: NOT JUST ANOTHER BINDING
XXIX CHARLESTON CONFERENCE – ISSUES IN BOOK AND SERIAL ACQUISITION
CHARLESTON, SC, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009:
eBooks are not just another binding. As with any new technology, librarians and publishers are discovering many challenges in implementing ebooks. This full day pre-conference will explore several of these challenges including: ebook standards, such as epub, DRM, interface features, and archiving; ebook readers and their use by aggregators and libraries; workflow issues in libraries like approval plans and catalog records; ebook economics including business models and transitioning from P to E; and the issues surrounding the discoverability and visibility of ebooks.
Here is an update on the eBook preconference planned for the Charleston Conference on November 4th.
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
eBooks: Not Just Another Binding
Speakers: Lisa Sibert, Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, The UC Irvine Libraries; Lindsey Schell, University of Texas – Austin, Anne Behler, Information Literacy Librarian, Penn State University; Cynthia Cleto, Global eProduct Manager, eBooks, Springer Science+Business Media, eProduct Management+Innovation; Mike Morgan, President and CoFounder, Morgan Claypool; Emilie Delique and Randy Petway, Publishers Communication Group, Rich Rosy, Ingram Digital, Anh Bui, Highwire Press.
eBooks are not just another binding. As with any new technology, librarians and publishers are discovering many challenges in implementing eBooks. This full day pre-conference will explore several of these challenges including: eBook standards, including epub, DRM, interface features, and archiving; eBook readers and their use by aggregators and libraries; workflow issues in libraries like approval plans, catalog records; eBook economics including business models and transitioning from P to E; and the issues surrounding discoverability and visibility of eBooks..
The OReilly Tools of Change conference is underway in NYC, with many presentations and discussions about ebooks. One that caught my eye was a panel discussion of eBook business models and strategies. The presenters were: Michael Smith (International Digital Publishing Forum), Kenneth Brooks (Cengage Learning), Leslie Hulse (HarperCollins Publishers), Cynthia Cleto (Springer Science+Business Media. Cynthia Cleto was featured in the NSR audio interview in October, 2008.
The presentation demonstrates various drivers of ebook publishing, challenges, and patterns in user behavior that are driving the market to offer various business models. It breaks down ebooks into the trade, higher ed, reference, and STM categories providing comparison charts on challenges, strategies, formats, etc. I was happy to see catch phrases like – epub, DRM not necessary, and sales by the chapter, but unfortunately, they were not listed in each of the four categories.
eBooks II: Formats, Standards, and Implementation, part two of the series on eBooks, discussed epub, but on the developer side of things.
My recent discussion with Cynthia Cleto from Springer got me thinking about some issues. I’m curious if Springer’s model – no DRM and ILL rights – is unique or if other ebook publishers and aggregators offer similar things. To me, it’s a superior blend, but I’m thinking that most publishers and aggregators feel it’s a toxic cocktail….
DRM – Digital Rights Management. Springer uses none. What about others? I know the services with one book – one user biz models use DRM to control access and checkout/due dates. But, there are many other services with unlimited simultaneous user access, full print and cut/paste features. Are they using DRM? Ones that come to mind are GVRL, Sage, Oxford, Greenwood, and Credo.
Interlibrary Loan – wow, I’ve never heard of any eBook service offering ILL. Springer allows full ILL on its content, following normal ILL procedures. Is anyone else doing this? Typically, ebooks and ILL don’t mix, which is a major disadvantage of ebooks, probably one that is preventing many from taking the eBook route. Traditionally, we’ve been able to send most of our purchased items via ILL, but with the advent of licensing agreements and authorized uses, we are losing our ILL rights. It’s nice to see that Springer is not following that road.
I think I’ll start investigating more about DRM and ILL in the eBook world. That will give me something else to rant about instead of my usual rant – one single platform!
If you have comments or more information on these issues, I’d love to hear them.
Yesterday I had a wonderful conversation with Cynthia Cleto, Global eProduct Manager for eBooks, Springer. We discussed the Springer content, business models, and results of some usage surveys they have done. IMHO, it’s very informative and touches on some interesting eBook issues like DRM and Interlibrary Loan. Yes, I did just mention eBooks and ILL in the same sentence!
Check it out here, or on the interviews page.