Articles of Interest

September 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

A Truly Bookless Library – Inside Higher Ed IBooks App more popular than Facebook and Twitter Finding the Best Way to Read Books on an iPad How to Digitize Your Textbooks E-reader roundup: 8 devices compete for the crown Arizona State University Is Bringing Kindles And YA eBooks To Library Dynamic Books, College Open Textbooks […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Print on demand · Publishing · Textbooks

OverDrive will demo digital downloads at National Book Festival

September 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Vendor News

BISG Study – 7% of eBook downloads are from a library

August 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment

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.  […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Discovery · DRM · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Surveys/Statistics

Free Webinar: Finding the Value-Proposition for Digital Content

June 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

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, […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Publishing · Textbooks

Kno – a new digital textbook platform and reader

June 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · New Products · Press Releases · Textbooks · Vendor News

Articles of Interest

May 27th, 2010 · Comments Off

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. Bookstore of the future: Books Plus? NYPL Joins HathiTrust, […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · DRM · Ebook Readers · Library News · Mobile Devices · Textbooks

Designing eBooks for ePUB reading engines

April 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Vendor News

10 Takeaways from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference for Librarians

February 26th, 2010 · 5 Comments

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 […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Library News · Marketing · Print on demand · Self Publishing · Textbooks

TOC – Tim O’Reilly Keynote

February 24th, 2010 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Marketing

TOC- Who Needs You, Big Publishing?

February 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

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 […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Marketing