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31Mar/110

Random House says digital will become a significant part of their business

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From The Bookseller:


Random House c.e.o. Gail Rebuck has said she expects digital to become a “significant” part of its business in 2011 ….

RHG expanded its e-book programme to include 25,000 titles worldwide by the end of 2010. In the United States, Bertelsmann said as much as half of first week fiction sales were now in digital. …

Thanks to Michael von Glahn for the link.

25Mar/110

North Carolina libraries receive grant to develop new ebook business models, by Sue Polanka

Library Journal reported today that the four universities that make up the Triangle Research Libraries Network received a ,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to develop new models for consortial ebooks pricing and acquisition.


From LJ:  ”Some answers to the ebook model dilemma may be in the offing, from the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN)—a collaborative organization of the libraries of North Carolina-based Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Central University—which announced that it has received a ,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop new models for consortial ebook pricing and acquisition.”

A colleague also forwarded to me today a value statement for the Scholarly Ebook Marketplace from North Carolina State University.  It is reprinted below in full.

NCSU Libraries Value Statement for the Scholarly Ebook Marketplace

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As scholarly monographs shift from primarily print to electronic, the NCSU Libraries seeks to engage both the publishing and library communities in shaping the future of the scholarly ebook marketplace. We believe the following values can form the core of a mutually beneficial market for publishers and libraries that best serves the researchers and students at the heart of the scholarly communication cycle.

We value:

  • Portability between devices, with publishers and aggregator platforms using non-proprietary formats for their ebooks.
  • Consistency of content across the print and electronic format and the incorporation of corresponding supplementary material sometimes available in the print version (i.e CDs, web access).
  • Working jointly with publishers and aggregator platform vendors to develop standards for printing, copy/paste, and saving of ebook content.
  • Quality Full-level MARC bibliographic records that meet current national cataloging standards and practice.
  • The Interlibrary Loan process or comparable way to lend and borrow ebooks between libraries.
  • Perpetual access to purchased and/or subscribed content.
  • ADA compliance.
  • COUNTER compliant usage statistics.
  • Licensing terms which do not limit fair use and first sale doctrines under US copyright law. Adopting SERU as a standard for ebooks would ensure this.
  • Simultaneous format availability of frontlist titles.
  • Alerts that new books have been added to existing collections.
  • Pricing models that are reasonable, flexible and reflect the broad needs of the library market. Restricting ebook access to subscription-only, bundled databases of “all or nothing” content is in direct conflict with reasonable, flexible pricing models.
  • The ability to migrate purchased and/or subscribed content between platforms in the event of the end of life of a platform.
  • The ability to coordinate discovery with third party services such as Serials Solutions and SFX.
  • The ability to incorporate ebook search, discovery, access and purchase into existing workflows.

Via Sue Polanka’s No Shelf Required

    13Mar/111

    Fare Business con gli eBook come Editore Online


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    Intervista ad Antonio Tombolini: imprenditore del mondo eBook ed editoria online, creatore di Simplicissimus Book Farm e promotore dell'eBook Reader iLiad Rex. Per imparare a comunicare e fare business online: pop.robingood.it Per saperne di più www.masternewmedia.it


    13Mar/110

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    1Mar/110

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    1Mar/110

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    24Feb/110

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    24Feb/110

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    23Feb/110

    Kobo to Australasia: business as usual

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    I caught up with Malcolm Neil, publisher relations manager (Australasia) for Kobo, yesterday.

    Interestingly, he didn’t seem overly fazed by REDgroup retail’s situation in Aus and NZ, and the questionmark over the associated Borders, Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls brands.

    In case you are new to the situation, Kobo supplies the ebook software “engine” that runs the store sites operating under the three brands.

    So is that all about to fall over?

    Nope. Move along, nothing to see here, says Neil.

    Seriously, it seems the only part of the whole ebook-selling process in Australasia that can be attributed to REDgroup, is the computer infrastructure involved in uploading books and running the transactions.

    “The relationships with the publishers are with Kobo, not REDgroup,” says Neil. “And they are as solid as they’ve ever been. The ebook retailing platform is ours too.”

    Neil should know. Until late last year he was publicity director for REDgroup, so I would think he knows how the company operates.

    (BTW, fortuitous career move, Mal!)

    So if Borders is liquidated and disappears? What happens to Kobo Down Under?

    “We are here and here to stay,” Neil says. “We partnered with REDgroup initially because everyone knows that it helps to have a brick-and-mortar chain to support you when you’re in our business. That’s no secret.

    “But we’re not going anywhere if that disappears,” he says. “Obviously, though, by far our preferred outcome is for Borders to continue.”

    It seems that whatever happens, Kobo is now big and confident enough to strike out on its own in Australia and New Zealand if it has to, and is continuing to sign new publishers to long-term deals, and ways to make new inroads into the business locally, even after the news of the REDgroup debacle.

    So it seems the options for ebook buying in the Southern Hemisphere won’t be shrinking anytime soon, whether the Borders or Whitcoulls brands are involved or not.

    Via Jason Davis’ Book Bee
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