Tag Archives: new york times

Amazon buys touch screen start up company

Article in the NYTimes today about Amazon purchasing the start up company, Touchco, based in NY.  Touchco’s touch screen technology is cheaper than the iPad/iPhone technology and is said to recognize an unlimited number of simultaneous  touch points.  Looks like Amazon is drawing the big guns.  Rumor has it they have finally open up the Kindle to development for applications – about time.   I’m thrilled with all of these new devices and technologies.  First generation readers just didn’t do anything for my taste, so I’m very excited to see how the device of the future unfolds.

New Articles of Interest

Apple is Up to Something Publishers May Not Like

Erik Christopher follows up on “The strange case of academic libraries and e-books nobody reads”

Elsevier Introduces New Features For Online Health-Science Textbooks – Wired News – CHE

Four Universities Settle Suit over Accessibility to Kindle for the Blind – 1/28/2010 – Library Journal

Apple’s new $499-and-up iPad includes NY Times, Bookstore

Ebooks and Higher Ed – Platforms, an overview from inside, Part 2 by Erik Christopher

Rent your textbook

Interesting article in the NYT today about Barnes & Noble’s textbook rental program.  According to the article, textbooks can be rented from college bookstores for about 42% of the retail price.  B & N piloted the program last year in a few schools, it has now been expanded to 25 campuses.  Renting textbooks isn’t a new phenomenon, but it’s picked up in popularity due to federal grants for bookstores to start rental programs (to combat the high cost of textbooks).  Cengage and Chegg.com are also options.   Are you allowed to highlight and write in the rented books I wonder?  If this takes off, how might this impact the regularity of new editions?  Unfortunately, it only offers an option to students, renting.  It doesn’t get to the heart of the matter, which is the high cost of the book.

Here in Ohio we experimented with leasing e-textbooks from CourseSmart.  It didn’t work out so well because the program has been canceled.  Students just aren’t ready to embrace the e-textbook, they want “a real book.”

New articles of interest

Here’s one in the NYT – Cell Phone Apps Challenge the Rise of eReaders

Publishing Point meeting with Michael Healy, Executive Director, Book Rights Registry

Trial of e-textbook business models to start in UK

Samuelson Says She Has Same Pricing, Privacy Concerns About Google Settlement – 11/18/2009 – Library Journal

E-books go to college, but books still rule the campus, not Kindle — DailyFinance

Universities Boycott Amazon’s Kindle DX

Press Review+: Google Book Search Revised Settlement (2.0) Released; What About Libraries? « ResourceShelf

New articles of interest

Institutional Subscriptions to Google Books with Advertising? Google Won’t Rule It Out – 10/12/2009 – Library Journal

NY Times – Does the brain like e-books?

Why e-books are getting hotter and hotter

Ebook Accessibility Issues Trouble OverDrive and Adobe – 10/14/2009 – Library Journal

E helping to reduce book-sales decline

US Library of Congress’ Digital Collection Among World’s Largest

Libraries and Readers Wade Into Digital Lending – NYT article

Interesting article in today’s NYT about public libraries, eBooks, and digital lending.  Neat and nifty tools for users to easily download and read books without visiting the library, fears of publishers losing money and therefore not selling their ebooks to libraries, and eBook readers and the lack of content to download to certain ones are the main topics.  Good read.

New articles of interest

Articles from the past week include:

O’Reilly online web conference Ebook Strategy and Innovation – panel reports

Top 20 List of World’s Largest Publishing Co’s – an analysis

Harvard, National Library of China Embark on Digitization Project

Single Purpose E-Book Readers are Dead – Tennant: Digital Libraries – Blog on Library Journal

Three kinds of e-book illegals: Felix Torres tutorial for NYT columnist Randall Stross and publishers

New York Times columnist fears napsterization of e-books

New articles of interest

Now bookmarked in my delicious account:

Single Purpose E-Book Readers are Dead – Tennant: Digital Libraries – Blog on Library Journal

Three kinds of e-book illegals: Felix Torres tutorial for NYT columnist Randall Stross and publishers

New York Times columnist fears napsterization of e-books

Library Groups: DOJ Filing “Completely” Changed Landscape for Google Settlement – 9/30/2009 – Library Journal

As Digital Texts Dominate, New Options for Print Arise – 10/1/2009 – Library Journal

In-depth review of four scholarly ebook services

NY Public Library and Kirtas team to make 500K public domain books freely available