The Future of Academic Reading – BGSU Discussion

March 14th, 2011 · Comments Off

Today I attended a discussion at Bowling Green State University on the future of academic reading.  It was a day long session involving a panel discussion of students and faculty, along with Amy Pawlowski, the Web Applications Manager at the Cleveland Public Library and myself as respondents. The panelists were mostly upper-class and graduate students, […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Library News

Springer eBooks now also available in the Google eBookstore

February 17th, 2011 · Comments Off

Springer, who has existing eRetail partnerships with Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and others, announced this week the addition of the Google eBookstore for Springer eBook titles. From their press release:  Springer eBooks can now also be purchased via Google’s eBookstore. Google currently holds the biggest collection of Springer eBooks with more than 52,000 books, […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Discovery · Google Books · Publishing · Vendor News

Accessibility and eBooks – Resources and an Interview

October 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers.  Ken is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and offered a great deal of information during the interview.  It’s about 25 minutes in length, so I […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Interviews · Publishing

New Articles of Interest

September 24th, 2010 · Comments Off

For your weekend reading pleasure: ModernBookFactory.com: The First Complete Online Audiobook Production and App Development Service for Independent Publishers and Authors Ebooks: the future is now – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Imagining the Dream e-Tool for Education and Training – Scholarly Kitchen And the Best File Format for Open Textbook Publishing Is . . […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Audio Books · Business Models/Pricing · Mobile Devices · Public Libraries · Publishing · Reference Publishing · Textbooks · Vendor News

Articles of Interest

September 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

A Truly Bookless Library – Inside Higher Ed IBooks App more popular than Facebook and Twitter Finding the Best Way to Read Books on an iPad How to Digitize Your Textbooks E-reader roundup: 8 devices compete for the crown Arizona State University Is Bringing Kindles And YA eBooks To Library Dynamic Books, College Open Textbooks […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Print on demand · Publishing · Textbooks

How do you make an EPUB Book?

July 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

Michael Pastore, author of 50 Benefits of eBooks, provides a review of a new book – EPUB, Straight to the Point by Elizabeth Castro.  Michael states, “Castro’s book fills an immense gap in this field, as an essential guide for publishers, designers and authors who need to produce books in the EPUB format.”  Better yet, […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · EPUB · Formats · Publishing · Self Publishing

New Articles of Interest

April 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

iTunes Now Accepting eBooks! Take the Official iBooks Guided Tour Quick Note: BISG publishes new standard for comment PLA 2010 Conference: DRM-Free Downloadable (Sony) Music at the Library – 3/24/2010 – Library Journal Misthinking DRM

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Tags: Articles of Interest · DRM · Ebook Readers · Vendor News

New Articles of Interest

February 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

Apple is Up to Something Publishers May Not Like Erik Christopher follows up on “The strange case of academic libraries and e-books nobody reads” Elsevier Introduces New Features For Online Health-Science Textbooks – Wired News – CHE Four Universities Settle Suit over Accessibility to Kindle for the Blind – 1/28/2010 – Library Journal Apple’s new […]

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The new iPad, it sounds like a dream date

January 27th, 2010 · Comments Off

Been watching the twits about the iPad – “extraordinary,”  “a dream to type on,” “much more intimate than a laptop,” “the best browsing experience you’ve ever had.”  Sounds like they are describing a dream date (sans the laptop and browsing). Oh wait, now they are talking about pinching folders, ouch. Seriously – it appears to […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats