Last years law suit against 4 Universities piloting the Kindle reader as a eTextbook solution has done a lot to guarantee the accessibility of textbooks to all students.
Ingram Content Group, working with the American Foundation for the Blind consulting group (AFB Consulting), announced a new disability release for their eTextbook platform – VitalSource. The release, which makes the application more usable for disabled students, contains extensive internal feature and function enhancements, as well as support for third-party screen-reader applications. These new features include the new DTD (Document Type Definition) v3.4 and VitalSource’s “MathSpeak” program which adds rich English-language articulation to MathML tags. With this release, VitalSource is the only eTextbook platform on the market to offer full accessibility in downloads, online, and mobile access points for content. Windows, Macintosh®, and online updates are expected in June, and iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and iPad™ releases in August. Continue reading
Day One, TOC Conference, about 1200 attendees in the North and South Ballrooms of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Good lineup for keynotes this morning including: Peter Collingridge with Enhanced Editions, William Patry with Google, Skip Prichard from Ingram Content Group, Sameer Shariff from Impelsys, and Arianna Huffington from the Huffington Post.
Andrew Savikas, Program Chair started us off with intros.
Highlights are below from each speaker. Continue reading
Ingram announced today the launch of PubLink. PubLINK is a web based tool for publishers to manage customer and media contact information and send galley copies and catalogs. PubLink was beta tested by Macmillan. Charles Bozian, VP of Finance and Administration for Macmillan said, “We could not be more impressed with Ingram’s PubLink, the PubLink platform is a comprehensive solution for Macmillan’s galley needs, giving us the flexibility we need to serve our customers and media partners while enabling the transition from print to digital, seamlessly. We see big benefits from an operational and cost standpoint over time. This is where trade marketing is going.”
PubLink will be demoed at the TOC Conference on Wednesday. If I get to the demo, I’ll post more information. The full press release is below. Continue reading
I received the following Press Release concerning the DOD and audiobooks. I’m glad to see government agencies making the leap to electronic books.
Department of Defense offers downloadable audiobooks through MyiLibrary
La VERGNE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc. announced today an agreement with the US Department of Defense (DOD) to offer downloadable digital audiobooks to military service members, their dependents, and National Guard members through MyiLibrary®, Ingram’s market leading online e-content aggregation platform. Continue reading
Just posted a new interview with Patrick Moore from Ingram Digital on the interviews page. Patrick and I discussed Ingram’s audio-book program. One slight correction in the interview – Patrick states that Ingram is adding approximately 100 titles per day. The statement should have been “approximately 100 titles per week.” For more information on Ingram Digital see the following:
MyiLibrary Audio Information – product information – http://www.ingramlibrary.com/myilibrary
Ingram Library Services – public and K-12 libraries – http://www.ingramlibrary.com
Coutts Information Services – academic libraries – http://couttsinformationservices.com
Ingram Content Group – http://www.ingramcontent.com
Charleston Conference – eBooks, Not just another binding preconference
Session 3 – eBook Readers in Libraries
A plethora of ebook readers are coming to the market along with a wide variety of solutions for libraries to serve them. Marcus Woodburn will give an overview of the digital solutions currently available (and rumored) and a sense of how the publishing world is adapting to them in terms of pricing and rights. Which books are they making available? What are the limitations? What changes can we expect? He will also examine digital textbook solutions serving the academic population directly, but which should hold interest for the library community.
Marcus Woodburn, Director of Publisher Business Development, Ingram Content Group presentation
Digital content is a growing part of library collections. Librarians would like to offer patrons the ability to effectively access and download this content to e-Readers, allowing for portability and greater interaction with the text. But, this type of service poses challenges. What readers are available? Can a device that was developed for the consumer market work in an institutional setting? How much money should be budgeted to try them? What factors should be considered when purchasing e-Readers for patron use? Anne Behler will share her real-world experience with establishing an e-Reader pilot project at Penn State, which involved partnering with Sony Electronics, Inc. to investigate the e-Reader’s place in an academic setting.
Anne Behler, Information Literacy Librarian, Penn State University presentation
If you are headed to Charleston next week and have Wednesday free, please consider attending the preconference. The full program is listed here. Summaries/highlights will be posted to the blog after the event.
EBOOKS: NOT JUST ANOTHER BINDING
XXIX CHARLESTON CONFERENCE – ISSUES IN BOOK AND SERIAL ACQUISITION
CHARLESTON, SC, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009:
eBooks are not just another binding. As with any new technology, librarians and publishers are discovering many challenges in implementing ebooks. This full day pre-conference will explore several of these challenges including: ebook standards, such as epub, DRM, interface features, and archiving; ebook readers and their use by aggregators and libraries; workflow issues in libraries like approval plans and catalog records; ebook economics including business models and transitioning from P to E; and the issues surrounding the discoverability and visibility of ebooks.