I go on quite a bit about wanting to save libraries. I’m not one of the great public campaigners — and thank Heavens that there are people doing such sterling work out there, even though they must feel they’re banging their heads against a brick wall sometimes — but keeping libraries open is something I feel strongly about. On more than one occasion, my passionate opinions have solicited the response: “Well, you would want to save libraries, wouldn’t you? It’s in your interest, isn’t it?”
O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change conference returned to New York with a typically high profile slate of publishing innovation driven by technology and a new vision of just what publishing can mean. This year’s TOC kicked off with an inspirational keynote by actor, director and now digital entrepreneur, LeVar Burton, before turning quickly to the big issues surrounding libraries and e-book lending and a new and breathtaking vision of independent bookselling. Burton, who is heading a startup multimedia children’s publishing venture called RRKidz that is based on his work hosting PBS’s Reading Rainbow program for many years, delivered an inspirational keynote speech focused on the role of reading—in particular science fiction—in his own life.
January 3rd, 2012 by Ellyssa Kroski I have just finished reading Sue Polanka’s extremely helpful No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing .
Overdrive Blog – “Despite recent changes by some publishers regarding their policies for library lending and continued review of pricing models and digital book lending issues, the 2012 outlook for growing your digital book catalog with more options for your readers is encouraging. I share this opinion following dozens of advocacy meetings with executives from trade and educational publishers, publishing associations, author groups, library directors, consortia and leadership from ALA and PLA, as well as state and regional library groups.” <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
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Today is the end of Penguin books on OverDrive, but perhaps the start of new possibilities. In an announcement yesterday, the publisher gave notice that as of today, Penguin books would no longer be available on OverDrive . This latest escalation follows the earlier withdrawal of Kindle loans through OverDrive(later restored and now made more difficult again) and the pulling of any new books and audiobooks from the popular library digital loan service. In the statement released by Penguin, however, the publishing group reaffirmed its commitment to ALA and libraries. “In these ever-changing times, it is vital that we forge relationships with libraries and build a future together… .
Abstract I outline a possible future system of many distributed university presses mainly focused on the editorial production of scholarly monographs, supported by a very small number of digital platforms for managing and delivering these monographs as a database rather than transactionally to academic and research libraries. I also touch on the ongoing evolution of various types of scholarly books into (often much more costly) networked information resources and the implications this has for the overall dissemination of scholarship and the roles of university presses. Introduction This paper begins with a brief survey of the major types of works produced by today’s university presses, considers the problems faced in publishing each type of work, and reflects on the unique contributions of university presses that we might seek to preserve.
I fell into digital publishing after doing freelance work for various online business start-ups based in East London. At the time, I was looking for a full-time job and not thinking so much about career progression, but it occurs to me now that my background with the online businesses left me peculiarly suited for working with e-books. The main reason for this is that, since the traditional publishing industry has been forced to go digital, it has found that the Internet Age has changed consumers’ expectations of digital products for good and it is no longer enough for the e-book just to be the electronic manifestation of the printed book.
For the first part of this series , I want to talk about a few of the formats commonly used for reading digital text as well as the tools — software and devices — we can use to read them. Library ebooks are available in EPUB, PDF, and Kindle format. The Library also subscribes to hundreds of databases , some of which will allow you to download articles or page images for personal use in PDF format. Jump to files and formats:
from prweb: Inkstone Software today announces the launch of MegaReader —a highly customizable iPhone eBook reader that gives users the choice of over 1.8 million free books on the internet. The MegaReader app has been designed to tap into book catalogs such as Feedbooks, Project Gutenberg, Baen Free Books, Smashwords, and the Internet Archive—allowing users to discover not only the classics (such as Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, and War and Peace), but also up and coming modern indie authors and publishers. “We are thrilled to contribute to Inkstone’s efforts to bring the enjoyment of these books to readers around the world” said Peter Brantley, Director of the BookServer Project, Internet Archive .