Lots of great press releases this week from the Frankfurt Book Fair. Here’s one from B&T.
Baker & Taylor and K-NFB Reading Technology Partnership to Deliver an Immersive, Next Generation Reading Experience, Baker & Taylor, Inc( 10/14/2009 )
World’s Premier Distributor of Physical and Digital Media Content Joins Forces with Pioneer in Reading Technologies
FRANKFURT, Germany – October 14, 2009 – Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, today at Frankfurt Book Fair announced a partnership to provide digital media content for K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.’s e-reader.
In its latest in a series of digital media partnerships, Baker & Taylor will acquire and distribute digital media for the soon-to-be-released e-reader, which delivers the most advanced, flexible and open reading platform technology developed to date. K-NFB Reading Technology is a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies Inc., an innovator and pioneer in reading technologies and the creator of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, and the National Federation of the Blind, the largest, most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. Continue reading
From an OCLC press release:
OCLC now offers Metadata Services for Publishers to enhance title metadata for use in the supply chain
Service makes publisher metadata available to libraries earlier in selection, acquisition and technical services process
DUBLIN, Ohio, October 14, 2009—OCLC now offers Metadata Services for Publishers, a new service that takes publishers’ ONIX title metadata, enriches it using WorldCat mining and mapping techniques, and delivers the enhanced ONIX metadata back to the publishers for use in their systems. The publishers’ enhanced metadata is then made available early in the data creation process to libraries for use in selection, acquisition and technical services workflows. Information seekers also benefit from Web discovery of this metadata via WorldCat.org, the Web destination for discovery of library resources.
Received this press release from Bob Murphy at OCLC:
35 new publishers add more multilingual content to NetLibrary eBook and eAudiobook collections
NetLibrary now offers more than 200,000 eBooks and more than 13,000 eAudiobooks from more than 550 publishers
More titles, more choices for library users worldwide
Here’s a snippet about the challenges, which I find interesting:
Challenges facing the industry
70 per cent of respondents may feel ready for the digital challenge, but industry professionals nevertheless recognised the need to work together to tackle certain issues. The following top four concerns will be discussed at length during this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair:
• copyright – 28 per cent – typical…
• digital rights management – 22 per cent – Oh, that nasty DRM
• standard format (such as epub) – 21 per cent – how about one platform while you’re at it
• retail price maintenance – 16 per cent – hopefully this will filter to library price maintenance too