Hot reads this week. Here’s a list of some good ones:
New from Bowker: Selection of Statistics from Consumer-Focused Research Report for Book Industry « ResourceShelf
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
Revised Google Book Search Settlement from a Library Perspective | Disruptive Library Technology Jester
Here’s one in the NYT – Cell Phone Apps Challenge the Rise of eReaders
Samuelson Says She Has Same Pricing, Privacy Concerns About Google Settlement – 11/18/2009 – Library Journal
Michael Pastore of Zorba Press has released a revised edition of his benefits of eBooks title. The new title – 50 Benefits of Ebooks – is available now in .pdf form and soon in EPUB and paperback for the very small price of $2.00.
I like benefit #13 – Ebooks Are Cheaper to Buy
In this entry, Michael predicts “Ebook prices will plummet! Or I will eat this ebook” I hope so Michael. But if they don’t, what condiment will you put on those bits and bytes? gulp. Continue reading
Ah, it is the beginning of September when thoughts turn to going back to school, the days turn a little colder (in the northern hemisphere) and the smell of lawsuit briefs is in the air. Well, okay — the latter might not be what you expect, but this is a special September, after all. Postponed from MayL1, the deadline for filing comments in the Google Book Search settlement is coming up. And everyone is weighing in (”again” for some) on the details of the settlement. A couple of highlights.
The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)L2 again offered its support for the settlement, if only the court would promise to extend vigorous oversight of pricing and privacy practices of Google and the Books Rights Registry. This came in the form of a supplemental filingL3 to the briefL4 the three organizations filed in MayL5 (just prior to the first comment deadline). Continue reading
I’ve marked the following articles in my delicious account, which are also listed on the NSR home page.