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
Ingram announced that it will provide publisher content to Apple’s new iBookstore. Using their CoreSource® program, Ingram’s solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content, publishers will be able to submit eBooks to iBookstore for availability on Apple’s new iPad. Ingram will help manage the relationship between publishers and Apple. This will enable a publisher’s catalog to be ingested, converted into ePub, Apple’s required format, and submitted to the iBookstore. To learn more about Ingram’s Apple Referral Program and CoreSource, visit: www.ingramcontent.com/apple.
Ingram is now offering librarians the option to download an Ingram Wire application to their desktop. The application will deliver book news and collection development information. Users may download it at www.ingramwire.com. According to the press release, “messages are prompted by business need and not advertising.” The application will link to ipage, Ingram’s e-business tool for libraries (to place orders). For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com.
Making the Case for Digital Printing – Tools of Change Conference – Feb. 22, 1:30 – 3:30
Brian O’Leary and Ashley Gordon
This session was directed to publishers who are thinking about digital printing opportunities. The speakers were obviously pro-digital printing and provided many examples of the benefits of digital printing for publishers. But, libraries should take note. Digital printing could be a good source of revenue for libraries who have large digital collections. I particular like the idea of “chunking” and creating keepsake books from public domain material (discussed below). Consortia could purchase a POD machine and member libraries could use this for a variety of projects, just think of the number of digital collections in one consortia. What great revenue! The speakers discussed 3 overlapping segments in digital printing- digital printing vendors, onsite services, and author services
Digital printing is more than print on demand (POD). POD is a strategy in digital printing.
Content: Think in terms of content, not the physical book 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 attended a Swets webinar about efficiently acquiring R & D eBooks for the library. I got a quick glance at the Swets interface, due to launch this January. They will have eBook title metadata and TOC loaded with ISBNs (and ISBN13) from a variety of publishers (no list available just yet). Search features look simple enough (quick/advanced) as do the ordering features (shopping cart). Vendors for particular titles and/or collections were listed with a set price for “one-off” purchases (title by title) and collections. They offered concurrent user purchases (3, 8, 10, etc.) with a set price for each option which is quite nice. A participant asked about archiving/perpetual access to eBooks she purchases. Swets answer – publishers decide if books are available as a subscription or perpetual access. Those that offer perpetual access, the publisher will host the eBooks perpetually. Can you get a copy for yourself or for a 3rd party to host? – that’s up to the publisher. Doesn’t sound like Swets will be in the archiving business, but then they aren’t hosting the content, the publishers are. I asked about MARC records, mentioning the lack of quality of freely available MARC records provided with eBook purchases. Again, that is the publishers, they provide the MARC records from a variety of sources……let’s just hope the publishers follow the existing MARC standards. Continue reading