Highwire announced the launch of Folio, a new eBooks product, this past week during the Frankfurt Book Fair. Folio is built on the Highwire Open platform. According to the press release, “Folio is a flexible ebook solution designed for publishers to rapidly bring their books online. Key components of the product include a publisher home page, an informative book landing page and a user friendly ereader view. Folio is currently showcasing the library release of the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection.
More information about Folio is available here: http://highwire.stanford.edu/products/ebooks.dtl
From a SAGE press release:
Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2012) SAGE’s entire online journal collection is now available in a mobile-optimized format with the help of HighWire Press’ Mobile Web Interface.
Visitors to one of the more than 640 SAGE journal sites using their iPhones, Androids or other smartphones are automatically redirected to the mobile version. Subscribers can now view content in a format designed specifically for the small screen size and functionality of their mobile device. Continue reading
It’s a popular day for releasing survey results it seems. Earlier we got Aptara’s results from a publisher survey on eBooks and now HighWire has released a survey on eBooks based on librarian input. The result are in the full report.
According to HighWire, the report espouses some familiar and consistent themes:
- Simplicity and ease of use seem more important than sophisticated end-user features.
- Users tend to discover ebooks through both the library catalog and search engines.
- While users prefer PDFs, format preference will likely change as technology changes.
- DRM seems to hinder ebook use for library patrons; ability to print is essential.
- The most popular business model for librarians is purchase with perpetual access.