Ebooks and other E-Resources

Libraries and publishing: a couple of examples

As interaction with the book literature, publishing, the role of large print collections, and research and learning behaviors are all changing in a network environment, academic libraries have been looking at their role in the scholarly communication and publishing process. I came across two examples of library activity which prompt this note …. The Economist … Continue reading Libraries and publishing: a couple of examples

Ebooks and/or digital books

I was in a meeting with a group of folks from research libraries the other week. I was interested in a particular terminological issue: ‘ebooks’ and ‘digital books’ were each being used in conversation. I asked was there a pattern of consistent use here. ‘Not complete consistency’ was the answer, but there was certainly a … Continue reading Ebooks and/or digital books

Reading books on the move …

I have just read M-Libraries: Information use on the move: a report from the Arcadia Programme [pdf] by Keren Mills. It provides an overview of recent trends in ‘mobilized’ library services, library services which use mobile communications. It reports the results of a survey of library users about their preferences and makes some recommendations for … Continue reading Reading books on the move …

Libraries and catalogues: systemic attention

The Research Information Network in the UK has released a timely report: Creating catalogues: bibliographic records in a networked world [Splash page; pdf]. It is concise and has a useful Summary and Key Findings section. I found it an interesting read, in no small part because it rehearses various key themes of these pages. Critically, … Continue reading Libraries and catalogues: systemic attention

QOTD: books: the last frontier for ads

Fintan O’Toole writes about the Google books settlement in the Irish Times. He wonders which ads will be shown to accompany which texts. My favorite is the third, the opening of Ulysses …. PICTURE THIS. You read “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be … Continue reading QOTD: books: the last frontier for ads

E-journal impact ….

The Research Information Network in the UK has released a report about the impact of e-journals … ‘E-journals: their use, value and impact’ takes an in-depth look at how researchers in the UK use electronic journals, the value they bring to universities and research institutions and the contribution they make to research productivity, quality and … Continue reading E-journal impact ….

Google Book Search and Libraries

My colleague Ricky Erway has distilled material relevant to libraries from the proposed Google agreement with the APA and Authors’ Guild. Now I’m not a lawyer (and I’ve had that confirmed by our folks in legal) and not even a little lawyer-like, but I read the settlement agreement, most of the appendices (I mean, really, … Continue reading Google Book Search and Libraries

QOTD: putting book info in the flow

Mike Shatzkin writes about the changing environment for publishers in Publishers’ Weekly. There are some familiar themes … Network concentration (Amazon) and diffusion (recommendation and referral from social sites, widgets, …) … Print book review media and subscription book clubs are fewer in number and, most critically, bricks-and-mortar retail shelf space for books is being … Continue reading QOTD: putting book info in the flow

Sustaining the digital investment

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access was launched last year by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with the Library of Congress, JISC, CLIR, and NARA. It is jointly chaired by Fran Berman of the San Diego Supercomputer Center and by my colleague Brian … Continue reading Sustaining the digital investment

QOTD: Books on the web

An interesting story about an academic imprint from Bloomsbury with a different business model …. The imprint will use Creative Commons licences to allow non-commercial use of all its titles on publication. Pinter described it as “a major commitment to spreading knowledge more easily throughout the world, with a sustainable business model”. She said it … Continue reading QOTD: Books on the web