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
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.
- 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
If Home Shopping Network is to be believed, the Barnes & Nook Color e-reader is poised to receive a software update next month. Surely this makes it a bit hard to digest in the absence of any confirmation from Barnes & Noble, though what makes it even less convincing or all the more audacious is the claim made by the online shopping giant that they will be the first ones to offer the new updated Nook Colors.
The update story is interesting too in that the Nook Colors after the software update will boast Flash support. If this is true then the color e-book readers are likely to be upgraded to run Android 2.2 Froyo since that is the last Android version to offer Flash support. All current Nook Colors now run Android 2.1 Eclair. The updates will stream in automatically over the air if the Nook Colors are connected to Wi-Fi.
The Home Shopping Network is currently selling Nook Colors for 9, more than the Barnes & Noble price. HSN is justifying the extra charges with a free SD Card that is included in the Nook Color package. The SD Card itself is pre-loaded with 100 e-books that come free, though most of the titles available for free are available for download from the internet at no extra charges.
- Barnes and Noble Nook Color Firmware Update 1.1 released
- NOOK 1.5 Firmware Update is Coming in November
- Motorola XOOM software update now available, Flash 10.2 coming March 18
- Nook Android 2.3 update to arrive this week
- Barnes and Noble Nook Color to get Android 2.2 Upgrade in January 2011
- Nook 2 to have color touch interface?
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