Tag Archives: John Wiley & Sons

OverDrive accelerates eBook distribution for K-12 and higher education markets

From an OverDrive press release:

Educational and academic publishers can now reach schools around the world with hundreds of K-12 and higher education libraries now in OverDrive’s global network. New eBook publishers supplying to OverDrive-powered school, college, and university libraries include Houghton Mifflin, Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Kaeden Publishing, Barnes Report, and ALA Editions. They join Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., Disney Digital Books, Elsevier Science, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Scholastic, Taylor & Francis, and many others in providing digital books to libraries via OverDrive. Continue reading

Self-publishing author J.A. Konrath to headline OverDrive’s Digipalooza 2011

From OverDrive:  Author and self-publisher J.A. Konrath (a.k.a. Jack Kilborn) will be a featured speaker at Digipalooza 2011.  Konrath has authored 22 eBook titles that are available through OverDrive public, school, and college libraries. He has sold more than 300,000 eBooks. OverDrive’s 3rd international user group conference will be held in downtown Cleveland, July 28-31, 2011.  The biennial event will provide hundreds of librarians interaction with representatives from HarperCollins Publishers, Books on Tape (a division of Random House), John Wiley & Sons, AudioGO, Blackstone Audiobooks, and Brilliance Audio. Digipalooza has been recognized as a leading forum for librarians to network and share “best practices” on maximizing the value and circulation of eBooks and digital audiobooks while interacting with publishers and industry leaders. Continue reading

The Ohio Digital Bookshelf, webinar summary

The Ohio Digital Bookshelf, Where will the 2nd Year Take Us?  A Webinar from the University System of Ohio TeachU, Presented by Stephen R. Acker, Research Director, The Ohio Digital Bookshelf

The slides for the webinar are available on slideshare and the webinar archive.

The following is a summary of my interpretation of the webinar.  My best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.

Affordability, engagement and preparedness are the 3 big factors that influence student success in college.  For many of higher education faculty, admistrators, and policy creators years ago, these were mutually reinforcing- “poverty” as a teaching associate led to more campus-based activity and greater preparedness through grading, lecturing, and the like. Now, higher costs for education and lack of related income-generating opportunities for students, drives students off campus and takes time they would better be spending on study. We need to concentrate on affordability if we’re to bring campus engagement and preparedness back into reasons for successrather than reasons for failure for today’s student, who lives in a much different world. Continue reading

Pearson and McGraw Hill invest in Inkling

The New York Times reported that Inkling, an interactive textbook development company who make textbooks for the iPad, has received funding from two large textbook publishers, Pearson and McGraw Hill. From the article:

“The amount invested by Pearson and McGraw-Hill, among the biggest textbook publishers, was not disclosed. Inkling’s total investment to date, including money invested previously by several venture capital firms, is just under $10 million, according to a source who requested anonymity because of the confidential nature of the deals. Continue reading

Ingram Launches VitalSource Bookshelf application for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Received this email from Ingram today:  Ingram’s VitalSource launches Bookshelf® application for  iPad™, iPhone®, and iPod Touch®—now offers three ways to access content

LA VERGNE, TN – Vital Source Technologies, Inc., the leading e-textbook solution provider for publishers, academic institutions and students today announced the availability of the VitalSource Bookshelf application for Apple’s iPad™, iPhone®, and iPod Touch®.
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ebrary’s Academic Complete Tops 50,000 Titles

ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, today announced that its flagship subscription e-book database, Academic Complete™, now exceeds 50,000 titles from the world’s leading publishers.  Academic Complete continues to be the largest multidisciplinary e-book database licensed to libraries throughout the world, under a simultaneous, multi-user access model with continual growth.  Furthermore, it is the only e-book product that enables libraries to upload and integrate their own digital materials such as theses and dissertations, yearbooks, and newspapers with DASH!™ (Data Sharing, Fast).

Academic Complete includes e-books, reports, maps, and other authoritative titles from publishers including The McGraw-Hill Companies, John Wiley & Sons, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and many others.  The selection may be previewed at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/academiccompletetitles/home.action.

inkling – a new platform for mobile learning on iPhone/iPad

What do the words interactive, audio/video, social, modular, desktop, and mobile have in common?  They were all used by John Wiley’s Peter Balis during his Digital Book 2010 presentation to describe inkling, an end-to-end platform for mobile learning.  Peter’s presentation focused on how we learn now and beyond.  He demonstrated many interactive digital content products and  inkling was one of them.  It’s due out in the fall of 2010 and is designed to work with learning content on the iPhone and iPad.  Here’s a cut/paste of the vision statement from the inkling website:

… That’s why we’re building Inkling: a flexible software platform that replaces static, printed material with content that’s centered around the learner. We’re committed to empowering students to learn however they want, wherever they want. In the process, we’ll make education better for everyone involved.

Something tells me we will see a lot more from inkling and similar products supporting a flexible, digital textbook future.   Other Digital Book 2010 presentations are available online from OverDrive, Ingram, O’Reilly, and more.

Accessibility Release for Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf

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

Blackwell Reference Online Now Accessible through Reference Universe

From a Paratext Press Release:

Blackwell Reference Online Now Accessible through Reference Universe

AUSTIN, Texas (February 11, 2010)-Paratext announces the addition of links to 450 e-titles within Blackwell Reference Online from the Reference Universe platform.
Blackwell Reference Online brings together Wiley–Blackwell’s critically acclaimed Blackwell Companions and Handbooks, as well as major encyclopedias, including the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology and the International Encyclopedia of Communication. Continue reading

OverDrive Expands International Distribution for eBooks & Audiobooks

From an OverDrive Press Release:

OverDrive Expands International Distribution for eBooks & Audiobooks
Leading booksellers and libraries in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Norway, and the UK join global network

(Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2010) – Consumer Electronics Show – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the global leader in eBook and audiobook distribution, announced today that it recently entered into agreements with top booksellers, publishers, and libraries on five continents. OverDrive will demonstrate its global network and success in enabling access to 400,000 digital books on popular devices, including PC, Mac®, iPod®, iPhone®, Zune®, Sony® Reader™, nook™, and DROID™ by Motorola®, at CES booth #12145 on January 7-10, 2010.
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