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Sony’s new 6″ Reader Wi-Fi to offer wireless connectivity to public library systems

From PR Newswire, August 31st:

Sony today announced the launch of the lightest touch screen 6″ eReader device ever, Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1), providing the most natural and immersive reading experience yet for book lovers. The new Reader Wi-Fi builds on the popularity of last year’s line, while reducing size and weight and incorporating new and enhanced features. At under 6 ounces and with a 6″ E-Ink® Pearl V220 touch screen, Reader Wi-Fi is smaller than an average paperback book, can easily fit into a bag or pocket and is available in three color choices: black, red or white.

As part of Sony’s continued effort to support the Public Library System, Reader Wi-Fi will also be the first eReader to offer wireless connectivity to the public library system in the US and Canada via a dedicated icon on the device to allow easy and convenient borrowing of free e-books with a valid library card. Readers can access and download over 2.5 million titles via a Wi-Fi connection from Reader Store or shop from a wide range of bookstores and other websites that provide books in digital formats compatible with Reader Wi-Fi, such as EPUB, PDF and TXT. Continue reading

Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, Google Books remove in-app purchasing from iOS apps

Apple’s new in-app selling rules are in effect, requiring retailers to give Apple 30% of revenues from book sales.  As a result, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Google Books have stopped selling books through their apps.  SONY’s app was rejected back in February for the same reasons.  There’s lots of news coverage, a few are linked below:

Kindle, Nook & Kobo Apple Apps No Longer Sell eBooks – GalleyCat

Amazon caves to Apple, drops Kindle’s in-app button – Computerworld

Sidestepping Apple: From Amazon to Condé, Companies Rethink Their App Strategies | Epicenter | Wired.com

Articles of Interest

Apologies for the long list, I’ve been away for a week and lots has happened!

Ingram Announces New Library Ebook Access Model and Audiobook Shift

In the era of ebooks, what is a book worth (I)

Is signing with a mainstream publisher now a mistake?

Digital book subscriptions, by Jane Litte

Publishers Weekly: Librarians at the Gate

HathiTrust: A Research Library at Web Scale – from InfoDocket

Reflections on Google Book Search – The Scholarly Kitchen

AcademicPub Opens Custom Textbook-Building to Faculty …

California Bill Would Offer Clear Protection for Digital Reading Records

Six Reasons Google Books Failed by Robert Darnton | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books

Nook Friends is a Shot Across the Bow of eBook Lending Sites – eBookNewser

Sixty Percent of iPad Owners Read eBooks on Their iPad – eBookNewser

Hands on With Sony’s S1, S2 Tablet PCs

News: No Room for Books – Inside Higher Ed

This Week in Libraries: Interview with Sarah Houghton-Jan about ebooks

OnCampus Research: “E-Books, E-Readers Begin to Catch on with College Crowd”

The Future of Academic Reading – BGSU Discussion

Today I attended a discussion at Bowling Green State University on the future of academic reading.  It was a day long session involving a panel discussion of students and faculty, along with Amy Pawlowski, the Web Applications Manager at the Cleveland Public Library and myself as respondents.

The panelists were mostly upper-class and graduate students, and several faculty/administrators using a variety of devices and tools to read books. Below is a summary of the comments from the panelists.  Consider this a snapshot of individuals, each offering a slightly different perspective on eReading, but with many commonalities.

Some interesting quotes from panelists and audience members:

“I didn’t want my fundamental reading experience to change.  I didn’t want my book to tell me I had email.”

“I covet my print books, I don’t like to break the spine on them.”

“Someone told me to get a nook because I could share my books, why would I want to share?”

“After the students [3rd graders] read books on the iPad, they wanted to keep reading.”

In addition to my summary below of the morning session,  BGSU representatives blogged the discussions.  Those can be found here:

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Articles of Interest

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 into Publishing

Articles of Interest

Education World ® Technology Center: E-readers Bring E-xcitement and E-ase to Reading

Technolog – Kindle books now outsell paperbacks

Q&A: Smashwords Founder Mark Coker Predicts Drop in eBook Prices – eBookNewser

Apple Rejects Sony App, Kindle & Nook Beware – eBookNewser

HarperCollins Acquires Book From Community Writing Site Inkpop.com – eBookNewser

New Ebook Platforms Target the Scholarly Monograph

Self-Publishing Company, Infinity Publishing, to Distribute eBooks via SONY Reader Store

I’m posting this because the COSLA report and some of the speakers at the eBook Summit yesterday believe that libraries should become self-publishers in an effort to increase their viability in the community and bring the community to the 21st century world.  Infinity is a vibrant, self-publishing company.  Perhaps we can learn something or start collaborating with companies like Infinity Publishing.

Infinity Publishing, a pioneer in self-publishing, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Sony to make Infinity eBooks available for purchase on Sony’s Reader Store™.

Infinity’s eBooks will now be available for sale on Sony’s Reader Store, from which readers can download eBooks in open-standard formats that can be viewed on various eBook reading devices, including Sony’s Reader. Continue reading

SONY’s Reader Library Program – But can they loan the devices?

Great news from SONY.  They just announced 30 libraries across the country who will participate with them in the SONY Reader Library Program.  It’s truly wonderful to see an eBook reader company reaching out to libraries to promote and encourage the use of the eBooks.  What is unclear, however, is whether the program encourages libraries to lend the SONY devices to patrons.  The press release states that devices will be provided for library staff use and patron demonstrations.    I hope they won’t stop short of the idea to lend devices to patrons.  Here is more information from the SONY Press Release: Continue reading

Articles of Interest

The case for the dedicated e-reader: When is it time to go off the grid

Inkling for iPad: eTextbook Reading Done Right

NBC video: Checking out library e-books

The Future Of Reading

University of Texas San Antonio opens nation’s first bookless library on a university campus

Kobo desktop application now available for download

Playing Hard to Get: Purchasing and Reading E-Books

Wikipedia for Credit – Inside Higher Ed

The All E-Book Diet – Inside Higher Ed

TeleRead meets with Sony in New York to see Sony’s new ereaders; impression – sophisticated refinement

Michael Bills of Baker & Taylor on the Future of Ebooks and Libraries

Articles of Interest

iPad, Kindle, Nook or Sony? What is the best e-book reader?

Ebooks: The $100 Sweet Spot has been Reached

Another Press Stops Publishing – Inside Higher Ed

Project Gutenberg: Timeline Events

Moving Tales: Do Animated eBooks Have a Future?

Sony takes on Kindle with next-gen e-readers – CNET News

Espresso Book Machine Spreads to Bookstores

Copyright, Ebooks and the Unpredictable Future | Digital Book World

Should You Buy an E-Book? – WSJ.com

All In the Delivery – Inside Higher Ed

Notre Dame Launches EReader Study…in Thrive Michiana