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
Another batch of good reads out there this week. Digital textbooks for higher education, eBook readers for schools in MA and FL, and Sony stating eBooks will overtake print within 5 years.
Kno Introduces Groundbreaking Digital Textbook and Learning Platform That Helps College Students “Break Free” from the Drudgery of Studying
Headmaster says eliminating books in library is working fine – Local News Updates – MetroDesk – The Boston Globe
TOC – The real title of this presentation is…. So an Author, a Publisher, and a Reader Walk into a Bar… Feb. 24
Speakers: Malle Vallik, eHARLEQUIN, and Bob Carlton, LibreDigital
Bob and Malle discussed online marketing and what is working to move units. They felt this would be a great conversation in a bar, thus the title. Some highlights from the session are below.
Very cool news from OCLC/NetLibrary. Their e-books are now compatible with the Nook as well as the new SONY Daily Edition (they were already compatible with the 4 versions of SONY Readers). This is a real benefit for libraries who are looking for more e-reader options. It opens up so many potentials for patron downloads and the use of e-readers by libraries (for circulation). I hope to see other aggregators and publishers following suit and (fingers crossed) adding more textbooks to the mix. The press release from OCLC is below.
NetLibrary eBooks compatible with new Barnes & Noble nook, new ony Daily Edition and other popular eBook readers
140,000 eBook titles available for download to portable devices
I understand there are concerns about ebooks and privacy. We should certainly consider how privacy will change with this technology, but I have to say, at a local level I feel I have so much more privacy reading books with an e-reader. Using my ebook reader (Sony) I can buy an ebook or borrow one from the public library and read them anywhere without feeling exposed.
Let’s say I’m having a health issue and I want to borrow a print book from my local library to find out more about it. If I live in a small town I probably know the librarian. Do I want her to know about my health issue when I check out the book? If I read the book on the bus, at work (during lunch of course), at my son’s karate class do I really want all those people to know about my issue? Even in my own home. Do I have to hide the print book from my children, my mom?
With an ebook you have privacy. Nobody knows what you’re reading.
And to be honest, I much prefer privacy at this personal level. I’m less concerned about whether the FBI knows what I’m reading.
Bowker and AAP sponsored a webinar today on US Consumer Book Buying. It was incredibly well organized and full of good data. My notes and comments are included below.
- Tina Jordan (AAP) moderator
- Kelly Gallagher (Bowker) speaker
2009 data, first 6 months, based on what consumer is buying/reading
- 2008 – e-commerce the dominant channel for book sales, beating out brick n mortar
- 2009 – so far, large chain bookstores are back at the top
- Consumer is King and defines the marketplace, we can’t publish like we used to – the old supply/demand model.
3 indicators – impact of economy, competition for leisure time, product selection (genres, formats) Continue reading
As was reported earlier, Sony and Overdrive have partnered to promote library e-book collections. Sony seems to be embracing the library world as its competitive edge. Why would one want to buy a Kindle and then have to buy content when you can buy a Sony and borrow much content for free?
It’s unlikely that Amazon will be interested in integrating the Kindle with library e-book collections, since the purpose of the Kindle is to act as a mobile storefront.
It’s been interesting to read blog comments related to the announcement. There’s a lot of love out there for libraries, and, it seems, a lot of potential customers who are interested in the remote use of library e-collections.
A large part of the integration of Sony and Overdrive is the “Library Finder” feature linked from the Sony Ebook Store. I’m rather disappointed in the execution of the service. Instead of being able to search for a title and see which libraries have it, which you can do from the Overdrive site, you first have to search for a local library and then search for a title.
I’m hoping for a Sony integration partner on the academic market side. There are academic e-book vendors who support the epub format who would be a natural fit for Sony integration. In the library where I work we’re planning to circulate Sony Readers to support our EBook Library collection.
The Sony press conference was held at New York Public Library. I’m still trying to figure out if the partnership with NYPL goes beyond the use of the Overdrive collection. If any NSR readers have some insight please post a comment.
From an Overdrive press release:
(Cleveland, OH) – August 12, 2009 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global digital distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries, announced today a joint marketing agreement with Sony Electronics, Inc., developer of the Sony Reader Digital Book (www.sony.com/reader). OverDrive and Sony will cross-market OverDrive’s library network and the Reader, the leading eBook device that is compatible with industry standard eBook formats offered by libraries. Continue reading