Students Give E-textbooks Failing Grade

May 28th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Interesting blog post from ereads summarizing several articles about student reactions to eBook readers and digital textbooks. A quote from the article states, “Students around the nation are flunking the format. They want their paper books back. It seems that e-readers are okay for reading, but textbooks are seldom read immersively like novels, and so […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks

Open Letter to E-Book Creators and Sellers from Library Customers

May 27th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Reposting this open letter from an LJ article, thanks to @mlharper for the tweet. An Open Letter to E-Book Creators and Sellers from Library Customers Libraries and their customers have a long and mutually beneficial relationship with authors, publishers, and vendors, based on the printed word – books. Now, with the emergence of popular e-books […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · EPUB · Formats · Library News

WorldCat Local adds more EBSCO Databases

May 11th, 2010 · Comments Off

Caught this info on a tweet from @mlharper: As the silos crumble… OCLC has added 18 EBSCO databases to the WorldCat Local metasearch central index, which allows quick, easy access to the content. Libraries that subscribe to both WorldCat Local and EBSCOhost services can now offer easy online access to a wide range of authoritative […]

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Tags: Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

U. S. Digital Textbook Sales To Rise Dramatically

April 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment

There is an interesting article by Rob Reynolds from the Xplanation blog analyzing the future of digital textbook sales.  With a current market share of 1%, digital textbook sales are projected to have 18% market share by 2014, according to Reynolds.  He summarizes the influences and trends for this change as such: Within the general […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Mobile Devices · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks

Charleston Program to feature plenty on eBooks

September 12th, 2008 · Comments Off

Anyone interested in eBooks should take a look at the Charleston Conference program, November 5 – 8th.  There are a plethora of sessions including: Ebook use among a group of large academic libraries To Supersede or Supplement? Profiling E-book aggregator collections eBook Intelligence: The 8th Annual Health Sciences Lively Lunch E-Books – How are they […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Patron Driven Acquisition

Audio Interview – Michelle Harper, NetLibrary/OCLC

September 4th, 2008 · Comments Off

The August interview is with Michelle Harper, Global Product Manager of NetLibrary.  Check it out here, or on the interviews page.

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Interviews · Vendor News