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Digital Textbooks and Open Educational Resources – Summary of SOCHE Think TV session

On Tuesday, May 3rd I recorded a 15 minute segment for the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education on Think TV, the local public television station in Dayton, Ohio.  My topic was the rise of digital textbooks and options available for students and faculty to access and produce textbooks and learning materials.  Below is a snapshot of my general comments with links to various sources for more information.

Our current textbook system is broken.  We have arrived at $200 textbooks and have students who cannot afford them.  As a result, students try to borrow a textbook from the library or a friend (sometimes the older edition), purchase a used one, or go without.  Neither of these options provides revenue to the publisher, thus resulting in higher price points in an effort to recover the costs or production.   What can we do about this catch 22? Continue reading

CIL Conference – Empowering the Reader in a Digital World

This CIL session was presented by Chad Mairn, Information Services Librarian at St. Petersberg College and Al Carlson, System Administrator for the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.

Al Carlson:

  • Library automation, the internet, and EPUB are the three big things he feels have hit the library industry during his career.
  • The book is the content and not the package, ebook is just another package.
  • Diagnosing the DVD Disappointment:  A Life Cycle View by Judson Coplan – this article from 2006 is one that Al recommends to read as a comparison to how quickly ebooks may be adopted.
  • History suggests that ebooks will rapidly invade the codex space
  • Books aren’t dead, they are just changing Continue reading

Springer eBooks now also available in the Google eBookstore

Springer, who has existing eRetail partnerships with Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and others, announced this week the addition of the Google eBookstore for Springer eBook titles.

From their press release:  Springer eBooks can now also be purchased via Google’s eBookstore. Google currently holds the biggest collection of Springer eBooks with more than 52,000 books, which is a combination of physically scanned books published prior to 2006 and PDF file submissions since 2006. Springer adds 4,000 newly published titles per year.

Springer eBooks are also available on Amazon for the Kindle, and in the near future Barnes & Noble for the NookStudy.com platform, Kobo Books, B&T BLIO, Entourage and Apple’s iBooks, which is now receiving books in the free and open ebook format ePub. Springer will soon also deliver books in ePub format to Amazon for the Kindle. Continue reading

Articles of Interest

A Truly Bookless Library – Inside Higher Ed

IBooks App more popular than Facebook and Twitter

Finding the Best Way to Read Books on an iPad

How to Digitize Your Textbooks

E-reader roundup: 8 devices compete for the crown

Arizona State University Is Bringing Kindles And YA eBooks To Library

Dynamic Books, College Open Textbooks in Pact to Offer Affordable Textbooks

Espresso Book Machine poised to expand locations, COO Tom Allen says

A Review of NOOKStudy – ProfHacker

2/3 of e-book users still prefer reading on Kindle over iPad, survey says

Kindles and Coursepacks – Inside Higher Ed

New Articles of Interest

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

The best is what I watched. Love this library video, a spoof on the Old Spice commercial from BYU, despite no mention of eBooks!

E-books will make up majority of Saint Leo U’s library come fall – Wired Campus

Paper — The Progression of Digital Publishing: Innovation and the E-volution of E-books

E-Textbooks: Barnes & Noble Targets Students with NOOKstudy

E-reader Customers Are Older, College-Educated Users

A Textbook Case for Low-Cost Books – Commentary