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 far the e-books can’t match the functionality of good old paper.”
Thanks @mlharper for the tweet.
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 and e-book readers, libraries are positioned to continue that partnership with these exciting new products.
Libraries have much to offer e-book sellers as you work to establish a new successful business model around the e-book format. At the same time libraries need e-book providers to offer e-pub materials in ways that enable and support use by libraries and library users. Here is the deal. Continue reading
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 electronic content for their users. EBSCO’s content, which includes some of the most popular databases in libraries, will be more visible to authenticated library patrons through WorldCat Local, the OCLC service that provides single-search access to libraries’ print, electronic and digital resources. Continue reading
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 publishing and education markets, the growth of digital textbook sales will be influenced by the following factors: Continue reading
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 different/how are they the same as online journals?
Expanding the Ebooks Buying Experience: Approval Plans
Patron-driven Purchasing in Ebooks
Top Ten Things to unlearn about eBooks
Integrating Print and Digital Reference Resources
Student’s Perception of E-books: Survey Results and Discussion
electronic books into a UK University Library collection
The E-book Challenge: From Start to Finish, and Beyond
Bouncing, Viewing and Power Browsing: Understanding How Students REALLY Use Your E-books
Identifying and describing e-books: challenges facing publishers, librarians and their partners
I’m very excited to attend many of these sessions, particularly the one on patron driven purchasing – a great new business model offered by some aggregators. EBL and NetLibrary are the two that come to mind.
Please excuse my personal plug here, but if you have an opinion on patron driven purchasing, stop by the Lively Lunch session Friday at Charleston. Alice Crosetto (Univ. of Toledo) and I will debate traditional collection development with patron driven purchasing. We may even have Michelle Harper from NetLibrary with us to describe this biz model better. Friday – 12:50 – 2:00 “Tossing Traditional Collection Development Practices for Patron Initiated Purchasing: A Debate.” Embassy Suites
The August interview is with Michelle Harper, Global Product Manager of NetLibrary. Check it out here, or on the interviews page.