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It is fashionable to declared Digital Rights Management (DRM) dead. And maybe in the world of music it is. For eBooks in the library marketplace, however, DRM is alive and well. The book publishers who may be more conservative than the music industry in trying to protect their intellectual property are willing to stymie sales in electronic formats to maximize their sense of security. In the ideal open-yet-market-driven eBook environment there won't be DRM, but regardless of whether DRM lives on, the closed vertically integrated world of eBooks sales to libraries presents a bigger problem; it is that environment that needs to change.
The day library patrons can download and read a library ebook directly on a mobile device will be the day I can die happy. We’re not there yet. It’s still stupidly complicated to get a library ebook onto a device. Anytime there’s a step involved along the lines of “now, connect your device to your computer…”, they’ve lost me for good. Here’s a hint: I love my mobile device because it’s not tethered to the mothership.
Future of eReading might not be iPad, but Blio | Creating the 21st-century classroom | eSchoolNews.comFree software from education technology pioneer Ray Kurzweil could shake up the eReader market By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor Read more by Meris Stansbury
With eBooks, the world reads differently. With Blio, the world reads in extraordinary ways. Blio is a feature-rich ereading application that enables readers to experience stories through the eyes of the author. Blio gives consumers access to thousands of titles, instantly. And best of all, it can be used on many devices — phones, tablets, laptops and home computers.
NEW YORK , May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Amid surging demand and interest in e-books, Baker & Taylor, a leading provider of digital media services to publishers worldwide, and LibreDigital , Inc., a leading developer of digital publishing solutions, today at Book Expo America announced an expanded agreement to partner for the delivery of e-books– creating a one-stop, comprehensive suite of services for publishers. The pair's enhanced digital services platform spans all forms of digital media – books, newspapers and magazines – and all digital devices and applications, including the Baker & Taylor-powered Blio e-reader software, developed by K-NFB Reading Technology, and Apple's iPad. "Digital devices and new applications are creating unique opportunities in the publishing industry. Baker & Taylor and LibreDigital together present a white-label platform for the aggregation and delivery of digital media products," said Tom Morgan , CEO of Baker & Taylor.
-- Library Journal, 05/26/2010 Just today a representative of Google explained again that the new Google Editions, ebooks in the "cloud," makes no provisions for libraries as customers. Thus it was apt that the following open letter from librarians in California and Florida arrived in our in-box. They ask library colleagues, if they agree with the letter’s proposal, to send copies to the book vendors with which they have relationships "and otherwise encourage them to offer e-books to the library community in ways that work with our business model."
Josh Hadro -- Library Journal, 05/24/2010 20,000 titles to start, including 4200 in Spanish Focus on non-fiction for information seekers High schools get free access through public libraries ebrary has announced plans to expand into the public library market with its Public Library Complete (PLC) pilot program.
No Shelf Required — A moderated discussion of the issues surrounding eBooks, for librarians and publishers.Flipboard app releases update, allows consumers and advertisers to publish March 30th, 2013 · by spolanka · No Comments A colleague forwarded this interesting blog post to me about Flipboard. The author, Mathew Ingram, discusses Flipboard’s new release features .
calibre started life on 31 October, 2006, soon after the release of the SONY PRS-500, the first e-ink based reader to be sold commercially in the US. At the time, I was a graduate student, with a lot of time on my hands. The PRS-500 did not work at all with Linux, my operating system of choice, so I decided to reverse engineer the USB protocol that it used, to get it working on Linux. This was accomplished with the help of the fine folks over at mobileread.com and calibre was born, albeit named libprs500 . At the time there were no satisfactory tools to convert content into the LRF format, used by the SONY reader, so I decided to implement a converter to convert the most popular e-book formats to LRF.
Stanford, California / March 4 2010 HighWire Press has released the full results of a Fall 2009 survey of librarians on their attitudes and practices related to ebooks [snip]. The survey was conducted as part of HighWire's ongoing exploration of the fast-growing scholarly ebook market. The results and accompanying analysis draw together the input of 138 librarians from 13 countries. The responses underscore the significant growth librarians expect in ebook acquisitions and point to their current preferences and possible trends in this evolving area. The survey data was analyzed by Michael Newman, Stanford University’s Head Biology Librarian, and the report presents his perspective on what his librarian colleagues had to say about ebooks.
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I haven't hunted around other people's trees much, but I'm always getting notices of people using my pearls. I didn't know we could have conversations, either. I'm still reorganizing after the great Delicious migration. by Aug 28