Archive for e-books

Speaking of Volumes

Posted in Life with tags , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“Recently, I was having lunch with a friend in the café of the Morgan Library when the topic of electronic books came up. We all have friends with whom we cannot discuss certain things, but I had no idea that this particular friend was fond of those barbarous contraptions that are threatening to wreck the book trade. No sooner did the Kindle topic come up than it nearly ruined an otherwise festive lunch …” (more)

[Edward Short, The Weekly Standard, 5 March]

EU raids ebook publishers in price fixing investigation

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“Brussels suspects a cartel where publishers see a defence against distributors with the clout to drive down prices below cost …” (more)

[Benedicte Page and Leigh Phillips, Guardian, 4 March]

E-Books’ Varied Formats Make Citations a Mess for Scholars

Posted in research with tags on 6 February 2011 by Steve

“As e-reading devices gain popu­larity, professors and students are struggling to adapt them to an academic fun­damental: proper citations, which other scholars can use …” (more)

[Tushar Rae, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 February]

Undergraduates and E-Books: A Marriage Made With a Shotgun

Posted in teaching with tags on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“… Readers over 60 were not terribly receptive to e-books, with 60% saying they just weren’t tempted. Interest was highest among those in their 30s and 40s. But the under 30 crowd? They are nearly as skeptical as their grandparents, with 58% saying they had no interest in e-books. Of that group, price wasn’t the biggest issue. They just prefer the experience of a printed book …” (more)

[Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed, 19 January]

It is written …

Posted in Life with tags , on 4 December 2010 by Steve

“For the month of November, I read a total of four ebooks. I didn’t read any book printed on paper, at all, and that marks a first for me. Nevertheless, before I get too carried away I might remind myself that I own somewhere in the region of 5,000 hard copy books …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 December]

eBooks and the real thing

Posted in Life with tags on 6 November 2010 by Steve

“You won’t find many businesses at the lower end of the bookselling marketplace in Ireland. As the number of smart phones have increased, the number of second-hand bookshops have declined. Internet pricing has pushed the price of second-hand books below the price of postage …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 6 November]

To Save Students Money, Colleges May Force a Switch to E-Textbooks

Posted in teaching with tags on 24 October 2010 by Steve

“… For a real disruption in the textbook market, students may have to be forced to change. That’s exactly what some companies and college leaders are now proposing. They’re saying that e-textbooks should be required reading and that colleges should be the ones charging for them …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 October]

As Textbooks Go Digital, Will Professors Build Their Own Books?

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 October 2010 by Steve

“For years, major textbook publishers have offered professors the option of customizing textbook – cutting unneeded chapters or adding original material – but the vast majority have stuck with the official versions. As e-textbooks gain popularity, however, publishers are betting that the ‘build-a-book’ option, as it is sometimes called, will take off …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 October]

U of Michigan Press Tries Short-Term Rental Option for E-Books

Posted in research with tags on 25 August 2010 by Steve

“E-textbooks are not forever. Most publishers make their academic titles available for only a semester, or a year, after which time, the digital files self-destruct. Now the University of Michigan Press is trying an even shorter rental period for its e-books. Customers have the option of renting 261 of the press’s most popular scholarly texts for either 40% or 75% of list price, for a rental period of either 30 days or 180 days …” (more)

[Paige Chapman, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 August]

Kindle’s tipping point – e-books outsell hardbacks

Posted in Life with tags , on 20 July 2010 by Steve

“Even though Amazon.com says its hardcover book sales are continuing to grow, Kindle e-books have accelerated to surpass hardback sales proving the new format is here to stay …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 20 July]

Why e-books will never replace real books

Posted in Life with tags on 29 June 2010 by Steve

“Because we perceive print and electronic media differently. Because Marshall McLuhan was right about some things. In case you don’t recall one of the more influential thinkers of the late 20th century: McLuhan was an academic media theorist who ended up being called a ‘high priest of popular culture’ …” (more)

[Jan Swafford, Slate, 29 June]

Highlighting E-Readers

Posted in teaching with tags on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“Even before Apple announced the iPad, higher-education technologists predicted that e-book readers were on the brink of becoming a common accessory among college students; last fall, two-thirds of campus CIOs said they believed e-readers would become an ‘important platform for instructional resources’ within five years, according to the Campus Computing Project …” (more)

[Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, 23 February]

E-books: Publishers poised for victory in latest battle

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“Publishers look set to win the latest round in the battle for supremacy on electronic books, with Google ready to offer major concessions as it prepares to enter the increasingly competitive e-book market …” (more)

[Murad Ahmed, Times, 15 February]

Web not yet the answer to college-text costs

Posted in teaching with tags on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“As a freshman at Temple University, Gian Hunjan shelled out $500 per semester for textbooks at the bookstore, all new. Now a senior, he buys most of his books used, or forgoes them altogether and looks up material on the Internet instead …” (more)

[Susan Snyder, Philadelphia Inquirer, 8 February]

New Web Site Lists Free Online Textbooks

Posted in teaching with tags , on 9 February 2010 by Steve

“A new Web site, Open Educational Resources Center for California, brings together information on free and open textbooks and course materials in one location. Though the Web site was designed for California’s community-college faculty members, it could be a useful resource for anyone trying to find learning materials in the public domain …” (more)

[Mary Helen Miller, Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 February]

Authors threaten to boycott Google Books

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 28 January 2010 by Steve

“J K Rowling’s agents at Christopher Little said she had no plans to allow her books to appear on Google’s digital library. J K Rowling, Philip Pullman and other British authors are threatening to boycott Google’s new digital library …” (more)

[Judith Evans, Times, 27 January]

The Kindle reader: how does it fare for historians?

Posted in research with tags , , on 27 January 2010 by Steve

“This Christmas brought me the newest version of Amazon’s digital book reader the Kindle. It was purchased as a solution for my increasingly problematic collection of books. Many in academia can sympathize with my obsessive purchasing of books, and my inability to part with any – no matter how old or unread. However the Kindle, though extremely useful in many ways, is not likely to completely take the place of traditional books purchases …” (more)

[Sarah Arndt, Pue’s Occurrences, 27 January]

Leading E-Textbook Seller Reports 400 Percent Sales Increase in 2009

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 January 2010 by Steve

“The nation’s leading e-textbook seller reported a 400 percent increase in sales for 2009 from the year before, the company’s executive vice president said Tuesday. CourseSmart does not disclose exact values, but Frank Lyman said students who have used the company’s e-textbooks number in the hundreds of thousands …” (more)

[Jill Laster, Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 January]

The continuing story of e-books

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 December 2009 by Steve

“According to the latest information released by online book retailer Amazon, this Christmas, for the first time, e-books out-sold hard copy (i.e. paper) books. The company’s e-book reader, the Kindle, is now more likely to contain a customer’s book collection than a bookcase or a set of shelves on the wall …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 December]

Academic Libraries, Publishers, and Digital Books

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 October 2009 by Steve

USA“The future will judge academic librarians by how well they were able to build coalitions across institutions and negotiate with publishers to bring digital books into a co-equal status with physical books. This is a hard problem to solve, but leaders will be judged on how well they solve the hard ones …” (more)

[Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, October 19]