From an OverDrive press release:
OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will demonstrate digital book downloads available from America’s public libraries at the 2010 National Book Festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) on Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This high-tech 18-wheeler and mobile exhibit offers hands-on demonstrations of download services available 24/7 from more than 11,000 libraries worldwide.
Digital Bookmobile visitors will be able to browse a library’s download website; sample eBooks, digital audiobooks, music, and video on interactive PC and Mac® computer stations; learn how to download; and test compatible devices including the Sony® Reader, nook™, iPod®, Zune®, and Smartphones—all loaded with digital titles from the library. Continue reading
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
LEVERAGE: Finding the Value-Proposition for Digital Content
As the cost of instructional resources continues to raise issues for schools, colleges, students and parents, the impact of sharable digital resources on the overall cost of education is supposed to be significant.
Join the SREB Educational Technology Cooperative online at 11:00 am (PDT) on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, for a live webinar that looks at models and policies to leverage state, system, college and school investments in digital curricula and content. The one-hour session will explore three perspectives that illuminate the issues and opportunities presented by “free” content.
To register for this webinar (it is free) click this link (http://leverage062910.eventbrite.com). You will receive a link to the webinar approximately one week prior to the webinar.
Direct link to: Elluminate room. (I think … but you should still register..)
We look forward to informing and improving your LEVERAGE! Continue reading
Just saw an article about Kno, a new company launching a digital textbook platform and reader. The device offers a two panel tablet for viewing textbook material in true form by maintaining page structure, charts, graphs, and other non-text elements. The device allows note taking and highlighting and offers Wi-Fi and 3-G access. Kno has already contracted with 4 academic textbook publishers including Wiley, McGraw Hill, Pearson, and Cengage Learning. For more info, see this article from gigaom or the press release on business wire. Twitter @GoodtoKNO
Some good reads out there in the blogosphere these last few weeks. Many of these are focused on the electronic textbook and/or implications of such. Additional articles include analysis on the library and bookstore of the future and a comical video about digital publishing and DRM.
Caught this presentation link on Twitter from Liza Daly at Three Press Consulting. Liza gave a presentation recently on designing eBooks for 2 epub reading engines rather than designing eBooks for 99 different readers (and counting). What is a reading engine you ask? According to slide #7, “A reading engine is the part of the ereading software that actually places text on the screen. It’s the most basic, primitive, component of any ereader.” Her presentation focuses on designing eBooks for 2/3 of the popular epub reading engines – Adobe Reader Mobile SDK (RMSDK) and WebKit. Liza says that thinking about reading engines can really simplify issues around eBook design.
Liza has also designed her own ereader – the Ibis Reader. With Ibis, you can read epub books on a computer or mobile device and your content is stored online, so you can access it anytime.
Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time. Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and network about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing. While much of the information presented was for the publishing industry, I did manage to find several great ideas and concepts that relate to libraries. I’d like to share these with you, in no apparent order. Continue reading
Tim O’Reilly Keynote
Your job as a publisher is to do things for authors that they can’t do for themselves.
Remember what you really do, it may not be the cool/sexy stuff, it’s the boring stuff and you have to be good at those things in this era. If not, someone else will take your place. Continue reading
TOC – Wednesday keynote – Who Needs You, Big Publishing? How Authors Can Own Al Rights and Make More Monday – Scott Sigler
- every word he’s every published is completely free, unabridged, everything – the whole story, he puts the decision process on the consumer to decide if his content is good enough for them to purchase
- he has his own website, facebook, twitter, mySpace, etc. – all with a good number of followers; constant connection with his audience which he can stay in front of
- His book ANCESTOR – put out in April of 2007
- he had already given it away for free, but it was now for sale online by a small Canadian publisher
- he topped the charts in his genre on Amazon
- this success has led to more books, more paperbacks, hardcovers, etc. Continue reading