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Aiding eBook Discovery using Smarter Metadata

Today in The Scholarly Kitchen, Alix Vance, Founder of Architrave Consulting, posted a really informative article on the discovery of eBooks and eJournal content from gateway sites.

She stated, “Publishers often discuss distinctions between e-book and e-journal business and access models, but the truly complex differences in e-books and e-journals reside beneath the surface, in the metadata layer. Understanding and compensating for these differences is essential for interoperable content discovery and navigation when mixed e-book and e-journal content is delivered in large-scale databases, which is increasingly the norm.

Until the evolution of semantic technologies reduces our reliance on catalog and bibliographic records for information discovery and contextualization, nothing supports research discovery better than pristine, consistent, and granular metadata.”

The full article, Smarter Metadata – Aiding Discovery in Next Generation E-book and E-Journal Gateways – is available on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Crowdsourcing, Reference Works, and Peer Review: Some Surprising Connections – The Scholarly Kitchen

A very interesting post in the Scholarly Kitchen today, Crowdsourcing, Reference Works, and Peer Review: Some surprising Connections.  Kent Anderson, the author of the post, discusses a plenary session at the PSP conference and the debate that ensued around the future of the reference book.  A clip from Anderson’s post:

Last week, during the PSP plenary debate that touched on the future of the reference book, the opposition made two statements as if they were unassailable facts:

  1. Getting authors to write things is expensive and requires a lot of motivation that only the prestige and importance of the current system can generate
  2. Quality reference information can’t be generated via crowdsourcing Continue reading

Articles of Interest

Territorial restrictions continue to frustrate e-book customers

E-readers now available at WSU library

Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns

ALA Midwinter 2011: Thorniest Reference Question of the 21st Century: How Do I Use My Ereader?

Getting Started with E-books – Newbies | Bookbee Ebooks

E-books and Their Containers: A Bestiary of the Evolving Book « The Scholarly Kitchen

Data Needs to Drive the eBook Piracy Debate

Ebook sales rise 130% in November

How To Strip DRM from Kindle E-Books and Others

Is the $5.00 eBook the New $9.99 eBook? – eBookNewser

Articles of Interest

Top 10 Articles of 2010 – Digital Book World

Amazon Kindle E-Reader Sales Will Keep Growing in 2011: 10 Reasons Why – Mobile and Wireless – News & Reviews – eWeek.com

Predictions for 2011 from Smashwords Founder – GalleyCat

How to add books to the iPad, iPhone, etc.

Check Out Library Books Using Your Phone – eBookNewser

David Thornburg on Open-Source Textbooks | Edutopia

Almost One-Third of Internet Users Plan to Buy a Kindle

Feeding Your E-book Habit: Borrowing From the Library — The …

Year One: The Born Digital Publisher – The Scholarly Kitchen

Go To Hellman: 2010 Summary: Libraries are Still Screwed

How to find free Kindle books

NOOK ereaders become biggest seller in B&N’s history

People will pay for digital content says Pew Internet & American Life Project

IDATE releases ebook report

Prediction for 2011 – The Individual Rules – The Scholarly Kitchen

Steve Haber: The Changing Role of Libraries in the Digital Age

Articles of Interest

Why E-Textbooks Just Make Sense: An Academic and a Literary Agent Explain

Holiday Gift Guide To eReaders – eBookNewser

OER 101: Theory and Practice (Open Educational Resources)

NOOKcolor: Hands-On Review and Thoughts for the Future

Marred by Shelving | ALA TechSource (Lending eBooks)

Barnes & Noble opens first Spanish language digital bookstore in the US

Dedicated ereaders the choice of heavy readers, says BSIG study

As Textbooks Go Digital, Campus Bookstores May Go Bookless – Technology

Home – Kindles at The Unquiet Library – LibGuides at Creekview High School

Maine Libraries Adopt eBook Program – eBookNewser

One World Publishing – Scholarly Kitchen

Copia Debuts Social Reading Platform, Kills $99 E-Reader

Textbooks: It’s about economics and selection, not format

Great article on The Scholarly Kitchen blog by Kent Anderson, who is questioning a recent survey on student preference of print textbooks.  A clip from the blog post:

Anderson says, “The survey is drawing the wrong conclusion by framing the question in terms of media choice. It’s not about print versus electronic. It’s about economics and selection.

Imagine if someone asked you if you wanted to pay more for something and have limited selection. Would you trade a cheaper format with a broader selection for something you’d calculate as more costly and less abundant? Only if you’re a devoted early adopter.

For the vast majority of students, print textbooks are economically superior to e-books simply because there’s a robust used book market for expensive print textbooks. Buy them new, sell them back. Want them cheaper? Buy them used. The market is much more favorable and robust.”  end clip

Later in the post, Anderson states, “As an aside, I have yet to find this survey released in any form other than a press release. That’s not a good sign. It makes me think the whole thing was about generating the press release.” I’ll add to Anderson’s speculation by repeating something I heard at the Charleston Conference last week.  Can you really trust surveys that boast student’s reliance on the print book which are sponsored by college bookstores?

Free online academic eBooks increases discovery, but not sales

An article in the Scholarly Kitchen blog summarizes a recent study done by Ronald Snijder of the Amsterdam University Press (AUP).  According to SK, “the study, appearing in the October issue of Learned Publishing, “The profits of free books: an experiment to measure the impact of open access publishing,” describes the results of an experiment in making online books freely available in Google Books and an institutional repository. ”

Clips from the original article, as found in the SK blog post -

  • “OA publishing enhances discovery and online consultation. Within the context of the experiment, no relation could be found between OA publishing and citation rates”
  • “Publishing as OA is still useful by making unaffordable books available [and yet] a sustainable business model cannot be exclusively build on extra sales generated from OA publishing”

New Articles of Interest

For your weekend reading pleasure:

ModernBookFactory.com: The First Complete Online Audiobook Production and App Development Service for Independent Publishers and Authors

Ebooks: the future is now – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Imagining the Dream e-Tool for Education and Training – Scholarly Kitchen

And the Best File Format for Open Textbook Publishing Is . . .

Future of the Book | American Libraries Magazine

Gutenberg eReader Brings the Entire eBook Library to Google Android Users

Future-Proofing Your E-Books

CBC News – Technology & Science – E-books: A new chapter begins

TeleRead E-Book Primer Part One: What is an e-book?

A Truly Bookless Library – Inside Higher Ed

IBooks App more popular than Facebook and Twitter

ResourceBlog Article: E-Book Roundup: New and Projected Sales Numbers …

Starting an Open Textbook? Think 100 or 200 Level Courses

eBooks in a Textbook World – American Editor

Lonely Planet’s Augmented Reality

New Articles of Interest

Some good reads and things to watch this week…accessibility, ereaders, the end of books, how students learn on the iPad and more.

It’s the end of the book as we know it….and I feel fine – Scholarly Kitchen

E-Readers and E-books: What Everyone Should Know – Presentation by Paul Gallagher

e-texts and (library) accessibility – info-mational blog

California cafes unplug wi-fi, ban laptops and iPads

The E-Book May Be the New Paperback

Back to School: Do kids learn as well on iPads, ebooks? – USA Today