I’m thrilled to inform you that No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries will be released in late August. This edited book, published by ALA Editions, discusses a variety of eBook topics for school, public, and academic libraries. Since I have a bit of clout with the publisher, I’m able to release the TOC and introduction for your review and consideration. It is below. Of course, it will be available in a variety of eBook formats, and print too. Continue reading
For the last 7 years the New Media consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have collaborated on the Horizon Report. The report identifies key trends in higher education, critical challenges, and selects 6 technologies to watch. Ebooks have made the top 6 technologies, in the mid-term horizon, which means 2 – 3 years for widespread adoption. The study indicates that 3 obstacles to ebook adoption in higher education are now falling away – availability of titles, capability of readers, and problematic publishing models. According to the report, more publishers are releasing textbook content electronically, ebook readers now have the ability to display graphics, bookmark, annotate, and more, and business models are changing to allow the purchase of the e without the p (and e is simultaneously being released with p).
Charleston Conference – eBooks, Not just another binding preconference
Session 3 – eBook Readers in Libraries
A plethora of ebook readers are coming to the market along with a wide variety of solutions for libraries to serve them. Marcus Woodburn will give an overview of the digital solutions currently available (and rumored) and a sense of how the publishing world is adapting to them in terms of pricing and rights. Which books are they making available? What are the limitations? What changes can we expect? He will also examine digital textbook solutions serving the academic population directly, but which should hold interest for the library community.
Digital content is a growing part of library collections. Librarians would like to offer patrons the ability to effectively access and download this content to e-Readers, allowing for portability and greater interaction with the text. But, this type of service poses challenges. What readers are available? Can a device that was developed for the consumer market work in an institutional setting? How much money should be budgeted to try them? What factors should be considered when purchasing e-Readers for patron use? Anne Behler will share her real-world experience with establishing an e-Reader pilot project at Penn State, which involved partnering with Sony Electronics, Inc. to investigate the e-Reader’s place in an academic setting.
If you are headed to Charleston next week and have Wednesday free, please consider attending the preconference. The full program is listed here. Summaries/highlights will be posted to the blog after the event.
EBOOKS: NOT JUST ANOTHER BINDING
XXIX CHARLESTON CONFERENCE – ISSUES IN BOOK AND SERIAL ACQUISITION
CHARLESTON, SC, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009:
eBooks are not just another binding. As with any new technology, librarians and publishers are discovering many challenges in implementing ebooks. This full day pre-conference will explore several of these challenges including: ebook standards, such as epub, DRM, interface features, and archiving; ebook readers and their use by aggregators and libraries; workflow issues in libraries like approval plans and catalog records; ebook economics including business models and transitioning from P to E; and the issues surrounding the discoverability and visibility of ebooks.
Here is an update on the eBook preconference planned for the Charleston Conference on November 4th.
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
eBooks: Not Just Another Binding
Speakers: Lisa Sibert, Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, The UC Irvine Libraries; Lindsey Schell, University of Texas – Austin, Anne Behler, Information Literacy Librarian, Penn State University; Cynthia Cleto, Global eProduct Manager, eBooks, Springer Science+Business Media, eProduct Management+Innovation; Mike Morgan, President and CoFounder, Morgan Claypool; Emilie Delique and Randy Petway, Publishers Communication Group, Rich Rosy, Ingram Digital, Anh Bui, Highwire Press.
eBooks are not just another binding. As with any new technology, librarians and publishers are discovering many challenges in implementing eBooks. This full day pre-conference will explore several of these challenges including: eBook standards, including epub, DRM, interface features, and archiving; eBook readers and their use by aggregators and libraries; workflow issues in libraries like approval plans, catalog records; eBook economics including business models and transitioning from P to E; and the issues surrounding discoverability and visibility of eBooks..
Michael Pelikan has written an interesting article in Against the Grain about the Kindle Sony ebook reader showdown (Feb 2009 issue, article not available online.) Michael focuses this first article on the personal use market, but I’m (impatiently) awaiting the next installment when he will look at library support for reading devices. Michael is from Penn State where they’ve partnered with Sony to distribute Sony Readers through the library and within selected courses. The article includes interesting comments from faculty about the experience. He also gives a shout-out to calibre, open source ebook management software.