The Book Industry Study Group, along with a variety of corporate sponsors, launched a study in late 2009 about consumer attitudes toward e-book reading. Consumers were asked a series of questions in Nov. 2009, Jan. 2010 and again in July 2010. Some initial results were released during a twitter #followreader discussion hosted by O’Reilly TOC. The following is an excerpt from the TOC post: (note that “library” is reported for 7% of ebook downloads) (after original post found out that Kelly from BISG said that library downloads are so much in their infancy they don’t have a large enough sample. They hope to do a survey soon regarding this.) Continue reading BISG Study – 7% of eBook downloads are from a library
Thursday, October 8th O’Reilly TOC will host an online conference with a focus on eBooks. The online conference, An Emphasis on Ebooks, will discuss 3 main topics – eBook pricing, what users want, and the future of electronic reading. It’s $149.00 and begins at noon EDT, 9:00 PDT. For more info, visit the TOC site.
The OReilly Tools of Change conference is underway in NYC, with many presentations and discussions about ebooks. One that caught my eye was a panel discussion of eBook business models and strategies. The presenters were: Michael Smith (International Digital Publishing Forum), Kenneth Brooks (Cengage Learning), Leslie Hulse (HarperCollins Publishers), Cynthia Cleto (Springer Science+Business Media. Cynthia Cleto was featured in the NSR audio interview in October, 2008.
The presentation demonstrates various drivers of ebook publishing, challenges, and patterns in user behavior that are driving the market to offer various business models. It breaks down ebooks into the trade, higher ed, reference, and STM categories providing comparison charts on challenges, strategies, formats, etc. I was happy to see catch phrases like – epub, DRM not necessary, and sales by the chapter, but unfortunately, they were not listed in each of the four categories.
eBooks II: Formats, Standards, and Implementation, part two of the series on eBooks, discussed epub, but on the developer side of things.