Archive for the 'E-Books' Category

"E-Book Monopolies and the Law"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Rights Management, E-Books, Publishing on January 22nd, 2014

Angela Daly has self-archived "E-Book Monopolies and the Law" in SSRN

Here's an excerpt:

This article will examine the legality of the digital rights management ("DRM") measures used by the major e-book publishers and device manufacturers in the United States, European Union and Australia not only to enforce their intellectual property rights but also to create monopolistic content silos, restrict interoperability and affect the ability for users to use the content they have bought in the way they wish. The analysis will then proceed to the recent competition investigations in the US and EU over price-fixing in e-book markets, and the current litigation against Amazon in the US for an alleged abuse of its dominant position. A final point will be made on possible responses in Australia to these issues taking into account the jurisprudence on DRM in other scenarios.

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    E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps

    Posted in E-Books, Electronic Resources, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on January 17th, 2014

    The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012. At the same time, about seven in ten Americans reported reading a book in print, up four percentage points after a slight dip in 2012, and 14% of adults listened to an audiobook.

    Though e-books are rising in popularity, print remains the foundation of Americans' reading habits. Most people who read e-books also read print books, and just 4% of readers are "e-book only." Audiobook listeners have the most diverse reading habits overall, while fewer print readers consume books in other formats.

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      Stop the Presses: Is the Monograph Headed toward an E-only Future?

      Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Scholarly Books on December 11th, 2013

      Ithaka S+R has released Stop the Presses: Is the Monograph Headed toward an E-only Future?.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Can we expect the print monograph to disappear anytime soon?

      While the road to a fully digital future for scholarly monographs is not clearly in sight, the widespread availability of e-books is already transforming researchers' reading habits. As librarians and publishers consider their options, they must take into account how the usage behavior of academics is evolving. In this Issue Brief, Roger Schonfeld explores the challenges and possibilities if we "Stop the Presses."

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        "Books, E and P"

        Posted in E-Books, Publishing on December 3rd, 2013

        Walt Crawford has published "Books, E and P" in the latest issue of Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

        Here's an excerpt:

        You might think of this discussion as Part 3 of WORDS: THE EBOOK MARKETPLACE. It is another set of notes and comments on material ranging back as far as May 2010 and related to ebooks, but it's really about books and the media in which they appear.

        Note another key distinction from previous discussions in this area: E and P, not E versus P. Sure, some of these items make the digital-triumphalist assumption that print books will die out within the next generation (or next five years!) or become irrelevant collectibles, and there may be a few suggesting that ebooks will disappear or become a niche segment (although that seems unlikely). But my sense—not yet tested, since I'm writing this preface before beginning the essay—is that much of the discussion is now more nuanced and plausible, starting with the real-world fact that old media rarely die and the likelihood that there's room in this world for both print books and ebooks, in very large quantities in both cases, for the foreseeable future.

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          "Cost Differentials between E-Books and Print in Academic Libraries"

          Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on October 31st, 2013

          College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Cost Differentials between E-Books and Print in Academic Libraries."

          Here's an excerpt:

          A survey conducted at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) has confirmed for academic libraries the work of Gray and Copeland on e-books being more expensive than print for public libraries. For AUM, the mean cost for e-books are significantly higher than for the print counterpart of those titles. The cost differentials between the two formats show e-books as being consistently higher than print in initial price. This consistency holds true across all LC classifications, regardless of whether or not the title is published by a university press or a commercial press.

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            OAPEN-NL: A Project Exploring Open Access Monograph Publishing in the Netherlands

            Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on October 24th, 2013

            SURF has released OAPEN-NL: A Project Exploring Open Access Monograph Publishing in the Netherlands.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            Between June 2011 and November 2012, fifty Open Access monographs in various subject areas were published in Open Access by nine participating publishers. For every Open Access title, the publishers provided a similar title that was published in the conventional way. Data were collected about usage, sales and costs, to study the effect of Open Access on monographs. OAPEN-NL consisted of a quantitative and a qualitative research component, measuring the effects of Open Access publishing and the perceptions and expectations of publishers and authors.

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              "A Perspective on the Merits of the Antitrust Objections to the Failed Google Books Settlement"

              Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on August 19th, 2013

              Pamela Samuelson has published "A Perspective on the Merits of the Antitrust Objections to the Failed Google Books Settlement" in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology Occasional Paper Series.

              Here's an excerpt:

              This Article responds to critics of the antitrust objections to the ASA [Amended Settlement Agreement] by making three main points. Part II explains that Judge Chin's incomplete and unpersuasive analysis of the antitrust objections to the proposed settlement agreement is best understood as an effort to encourage the settling parties to adopt more competitive terms in any revised settlement agreement. Part III points out that the DOJ did not reach definitive conclusions on antitrust issues posed by the ASA. The DOJ was, however, obliged to submit an interim analysis because Judge Chin wanted the government's input before he ruled on whether the settlement should be approved and the DOJ did a creditable job under the circumstances. Part IV contends that there was more merit to the DOJ's antitrust concerns about the proposed settlement than some commentators have recognized.

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                Perception Analysis of Scholarly E-Books in the Humanities at the Collegiate Level

                Posted in Digital Humanities, E-Books, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on April 15th, 2013

                ACLS Humanities E-Book has released Perception Analysis of Scholarly E-Books in the Humanities at the Collegiate Level.

                Here's an excerpt:

                At present, there is significant market confusion regarding e-book selections in the academic marketplace, particularly in the humanities. University acquisition librarians, unsure of what the offerings actually are, have found themselves unsure of where to allocate funds, which has resulted in the postponement of e-book purchases. This paper provides a current assessment of the status of e-book offerings in the humanities.

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                  "A Pilot Using OverDrive: E-lending in Academic Law Libraries"

                  Posted in E-Books, Licenses on April 3rd, 2013

                  Nina E. Scholtz has published "A Pilot Using OverDrive: E-lending in Academic Law Libraries" in the latest issue of AALL Spectrum.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  With these increasing signs of a strong future for e-books, and possibly for e-lending as well, in spring 2012 Cornell University Law Library decided to pilot OverDrive for the Cornell Law School community. . . .

                  Exploring the future of e-book lending was a natural fit for us. And by embarking on a pilot of the OverDrive service, we could test the waters of e-lending in a cost-efficient way that would not be prohibitive in terms of staff time and library resources. The service would allow us to see specifically how our users would respond to an e-lending program. The library had already successfully introduced a popular small-print reading collection. Trying out an online component to this simple but well-liked outreach program seemed like a logical progression. With these thoughts in mind, in June 2012 we signed a contract with OverDrive for a one-year pilot period.

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                    Open Monograph Press, Release 1.0

                    Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Books on March 28th, 2013

                    The Public Knowledge Project has released the Open Monograph Press, Release 1.0.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    OMP is designed to assist university presses, learned societies, and scholar-publishers interested in publishing scholarly books in print-on-demand and multiple electronic formats, whether on an open access or purchase basis. OMP is intended to:

                    • Handle edited volumes, with different authors for each chapter;
                    • Involve editors, authors, reviewers, designers, indexers, and others in book production;
                    • See submission through multiple rounds of both internal and external reviews;
                    • Utilize industry standard ONIX for bookseller metadata requirements (e.g., Amazon);
                    • Create document libraries for submissions, recording contracts, permissions, etc.;
                    • Handle thumbnail covers in Catalog, as well as Spotlight features; and
                    • Enable Series Editors to see books through review to publication.

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                      "Beyond TEI: Returning the Text to the Reader"

                      Posted in E-Books, Metadata, Publishing, Scholarly Communication on March 20th, 2013

                      Christian Wittern has published "Beyond TEI: Returning the Text to the Reader" in the latest issue of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      Much research and effort has been invested in creating a versatile format for digital texts and the TEI is now widely used in many communities. Much less consolidated thought has been spend to publish and distribute digital texts in ways that are most useful to scholars. To remedy this situation, this paper proposes new, additional publication forms for digital texts through distributed version control systems. This will allow publication and maintainence of several different versions of a text. In some respects, this will be similar to publishing a college or paperback edition of the text established in a critical edition. In addition to this, the user of a text published through such a system can subscribe to later changes or corrections of an edition. The architectural model proposed in this paper tries to contribute to a fundamental protocol that could form the base for applications serving the long-term needs of research and scholarship.

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                        eBook Use and Acceptance in an Undergraduate Institution

                        Posted in E-Books, Electronic Resources, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on March 19th, 2013

                        Springer has released eBook Use and Acceptance in an Undergraduate Institution.

                        Here's an excerpt :

                        The survey finds high use of eBooks at Wellesley College, with 70% of the respondents indicating they have used eBooks. Other recent international surveys of eBook use have shown 52-64% of students or faculty responding that they have used eBooks (Figure 10). Within the general U.S. population 21% of adults reported having used eBooks in 2011. Some eBook use by Wellesley students and faculty may be non-academic, leisure reading, but half of Wellesley's eBook users report having used eBooks from the Wellesley College Library's collection.

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