Last week I posted a very brief announcement about JSTOR and eBooks. I’ve since been emailed this more thorough press release.
January 11, 2011 – New York, NY – Five of the nation’s leading university presses – Chicago, Minnesota, North Carolina, Princeton, and Yale – are at the forefront of a new effort to publish scholarly books online as part of the non-profit service JSTOR. Their books, representing ground-breaking scholarship across the humanistic, social, and scientific disciplines, are expected to be available in 2012. Continue reading
Google’s eBook Store launched yesterday, with over 3 million books available for download to multiple devices. Most of these (2.8 million) are in the public domain, and therefore are free, as a result of their massive book scanning project. The remaining titles will have a “buy” button which takes a user to the eBook store for purchase options. There are lots of articles written already about Google eBooks, so I won’t duplicate here. Try a few of these:
An article in the Wall Street Journal today discusses the long-awaited Google Editions launch, which is set for the end of this year.
According tot he article, “Google Editions hopes to upend the existing e-book market by offering an open, “read anywhere” model that is different from many competitors. Users will be able to buy books directly from Google or from multiple online retailers—including independent bookstores—and add them to an online library tied to a Google account. They will be able to access their Google accounts on most devices with a Web browser, including personal computers, smartphones and tablets.”
Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704369304575632602305759466.html#ixzz16sUJK4ra
Michael Gorrell, Sr. VP and CIO of EBSCO, discussed several challenges that EBSCO (and other publishers/vendors) are experiencing while integrating content. Some of these challenges include:
- licensing content from a diverse set of sources
- processing heterogeneous content homogenously
- searching everything with precision and breadth at the same time
- displaying different data so that their uniqueness can be evident
EBSCO’s approach to processing content is to start with database design (bibliographic) and determine which fields the data supports, how the end user will search the data, and what transformations are necessary for display and searching. When possible, they provide editorial expertise by indexing and adding their own metadata, using controlled vocabulary. They also run their own search engine which allows them to take advantage of the unique data in library records and use it to influence the relevancy of results. When displaying multiple content types they want to make sure to highlight the individual features of each format. Continue reading
Yesterday at the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion of the acquisition models of eBooks for academic libraries. We chatted about business models, workflow issues and their opportunities and challenges, the pros and cons of electronic access,and the future of eBooks. I was pretty busy doing my moderating duties and didn’t get a chance to summarize the program, but luckily some folks at LJ did. Here is what they had to say: Continue reading
From PRWeb: The new Gutenberg eReader Android app, which delivers free ebooks on demand, is now shipping through the Google Android Market. The Gutenberg eReader provides an intuitive interface to browse through the Project Gutenberg catalog and lets users read any ebook on the device.
Reading enthusiasts can catch up on the latest Project Gutenberg releases with the stylish and sleek new user interface. The beautiful icons and large titles allow customers to easily navigate through hundreds of categories, such as Science Fiction, Children’s Literature, Poetry, and Fantasy, etc. The attractive user interface works on any Android phone or tablet devices. A variety of searches–author, title, subject, Google–help the users find exactly what they are looking for. Continue reading
Reprinted in full from Teleread. Thanks, Paul.
Mark Nelson, Strategic Partner Manager & International Lead at Google, will be interviewed during a special keynote event, LIVE during the Publishing Business VIRTUAL Conference & Expo (produced by Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines), Sept. 16 at 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. ET.
Register for Free
The interview will focus on “Google Editions,” Google’s forthcoming new service that will allow users to buy digital copies of books they discover through Google’s book search, and enable book retailers to sell Google Editions through their own sites and share in the revenue from e-book sales. The foundation and distinction of Google Editions versus other online e-bookstores is its “cloud-based” platform, which provides consumers who purchase books with an “electronic bookshelf,” so they can access their books anytime, anywhere, from a variety of electronic devices, via the Internet.
Nelson also will share his perspectives on the future of the book industry, among other important issues surrounding a shifting industry in which Google has been a dominant player.
To reserve your front-row seat (@ your desk), sign up today
Date … Thursday, September 16, 2010
Time … 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (Also available later on-demand)
Where … Your Computer – It’s Virtual
Cost … $0 – It’s Free