Pearson and McGraw Hill invest in Inkling

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Articles of Interest

February 11th, 2011 · Comments Off

Global eReader Sales Expected To Grow To $8.2 Billion By 2014 – eBookNewser The Kindle Will (Finally) Get Page Numbers OERs: the good, the bad and the ugly E-Book Sales Rise in Children’s and Young Adult Categories – NY Times Apple responds: we want a cut of Amazon, Sony e-book sales Amazon Continues Its Push […]

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Why ProQuest Bought ebrary – Eric Hellman

January 18th, 2011 · Comments Off

Eric Hellman has a really nice article describing why ProQuest bought ebrary.  It’s available on his blog, Go To Hellman, but here is an excerpt: “Take a look at the New York Times homepage. Then take a look at or MSNBC. How do you tell which website belongs to a newspaper and which ones […]

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Articles of Interest

October 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

For E-Reader Fans, Competition Is Paying Off – The Nookcolor and the Future of Textbooks – Inside Higher Ed Libraries Say ‘No DRM’; Springer Agrees Students Remain Reluctant to Try E-Textbooks, Survey Finds

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New Articles of Interest

September 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

Standards & Best Practices – Identifiers – Roadmap of Identifiers …BISG Video – Students Love AccessMyLibrary School Edition – Gale/Cengage Hands-On with a New e-Reader – Library Labs Turn to Their Patrons for Project Ideas – Wired Campus Why Share Open Educational Resources? – College Open Textbooks Blog Library can’t lend an eBook to […]

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25% of children in study read digital book, 57% want to

September 29th, 2010 · 2 Comments

According to a study of 2000 children by Scholastic, as reported in the New York Times,  ” About 25 percent of the children surveyed said they had already read a book on a digital device, including computers and e-readers. Fifty-seven percent between ages 9 and 17 said they were interested in doing so.”  The full […]

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A Protest Against the Commercialization of eBooks

August 20th, 2010 · Comments Off

Reprinted with permission from Epublishers weekly. A colorful advertisement at the top of the New York Times (online) today asks us to click to read “The First Shoppable Children’s Storybook.”  [graphic omitted, sp] I hope it is also the last. In an ebook, the marriage of videos and commerce creates a monstrous mutation, not a […]

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Barnes & Noble for Sale

August 4th, 2010 · Comments Off

Barnes and Noble for Sale.   There’s a ton of articles on this already.  Here are a few: NY Times WSJ The Guardian (Reuters) – Shares of bookseller Barnes & Noble (BKS.N) jumped 28.3 percent to $16.48 in pre-market trading on Wednesday after the company said it was putting itself up for sale. What will become […]

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Publish your blog as a book, how blogs are disrupting the publishing industry

May 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Interesting article in the Scholarly Kitchen blog today, Blogging Software as A disruptive publishing tool, is there anything it can’t do? The author, Kent Anderson, discusses the popularity and success of blogs as a replacement for traditional news sources (ie Huffington Post and NYT)  and possibly for books.  He discusses LeanPub as an option for […]

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Do School Libraries Need Books? Debate on NYT blog

February 18th, 2010 · Comments Off

Interesting debate on the NYT Room For Debate blog about the need for books in school libraries.  This adds more fuel to the discussion on e-book economics, which has been in the news recently as well.

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