Articles of Interest

November 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

Three misperceptions about the ebook business Textbooks headed for ash heap of history? A Student’s Stranded On A Desert Island … Tech Devices Inside the Google Books Algorithm – Alexis Madrigal – Technology – The Atlantic iTunes U Introduces Free eBooks: Download Shakespeare’s Complete Works Joe Wikert’s Publishing 2020 Blog: eBooks: Lending vs. Reselling Forrester […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Audio Books · Business Models/Pricing · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Google Books · Interfaces/Platforms · Lending Readers · Publishing · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks

Publishers, please read this, particularly those of you involved with PA

October 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Publishers, please read this, particularly those of you involved with the Publishers Association. Reprinted in full from Library Journal, October 15, 2010. Francine, you go girl! Dear Publishers, We missed you, but, more importantly, you missed out on an opportunity to engage in discussion with a large market already invested in the future of ebooks. […]

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Free online academic eBooks increases discovery, but not sales

September 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

An article in the Scholarly Kitchen blog summarizes a recent study done by Ronald Snijder of the Amsterdam University Press (AUP).  According to SK, “the study, appearing in the October issue of Learned Publishing, “The profits of free books: an experiment to measure the impact of open access publishing,” describes the results of an experiment […]

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Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) Meeting Summary – ALA Conference

June 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Each Friday before the ALA Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) gets together to have a program and discussion of issues surrounding reference publishing.  The ALA Annual meeting was no exception.  A large group of publishers and librarians gathered to figure out, “how did we get here?”  A panel of librarians, LIS instructors, reference […]

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Articles of Interest

April 26th, 2010 · Comments Off

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: More Texas school districts look […]

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OCLC adding Google Books and HathiTrust records to WorldCat

April 13th, 2010 · Comments Off

Great news for eBook exposure!  In an effort to maximize the visibility and value of libraries’ full collections, OCLC is adding records to WorldCat that represent digitized books from the Google Books Library Project and the HathiTrust Digital Library to provide greater access to and increased visibility of these rich digitized collections. OCLC is working […]

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New Articles of Interest

February 18th, 2010 · Comments Off

Wow, e-book talk has exploded.  There are so many good stories from the past week.  Have a look at some. Tech Change: The library’s changing approach to ebooks and technology! By Tony Bandy Some Thoughts on Free Textbooks It Takes a Consortium to Support Open Textbooks The eBook Wars: Agency & Winners Two studies on […]

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New Articles of Interest

February 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

SPIE launches digital library Authors Guild responds to Justice Department’s comments Department of Justice objects to revised Google Books settlement Textbook companies to partner with ScrollMotion to put content on iPad Macmillan’s Amazon Beatdown Proves Content Is King Future of eReading might not be iPad, but Blio Apple unveils iPad. Your move, Amazon The iPad […]

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New Articles of Interest

January 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

The strange case of academic libraries and e-books nobody reads -a very good read (sp) PBS Newshour Report Ventilates Google Books Debate – 1/4/2010 – Library Journal Apple Tablet and Unicorns Are Real Hearst Unveils Skiff e-Reader The Most Pirated Digital Books of 2009 Academic textbook situation complicated

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Google Books, links to letters, objections/responses

December 21st, 2009 · Comments Off

Here’s a link to the letter sent to the DOJ from the Exec Dir’s of ALA/ACRL/ARL on December 15th, outlining concerns of pricing and the lack of academic representation on the Registry Board. And another link for the NY Law School document outlining the objections and responses in the amended settlement.

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