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Presented at the NEFLIN Technology Conference, June 16, 2011.

Presented at the NEFLIN Technology Conference, June 16, 2011.

Special thanks to Al Carlson for providing his segments for me to present.

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  • Here’s what we’ll do in the next hour or so
  • Our notion of a book has changed over time.We could call the first cave paintings “books”; they stored information in a commonly understood format over time.The clay tablets used by the Babylonians were more portable and were definitely “hard copy”Imagine taking those to school in your backpack.Books got lighter when papyrus came out and got ‘longer’ with the development of the scroll.Which, actually, was a lot like reading a PDF document on your PC screen.
  • For reading, this…
  • …became this.
  • Cumbersome became convenient.I used to carry “a” book with me where ever I went. Now I carry a few thousand books with me wherever I go.
  • This used to be THE way to watch movies at home
  • I was wondering whether this type of book was about to be totally replaced…
  • …by this type of book.The best way to find out would be to travel into the future and just look.That turned out to be impractical.So, I thought it might be useful to find a transition from the past that was similar to this possible transition, and look for clues that indicated a major shift.Clues we could see at the beginning of the process, not after it was too late.I chose to look at the transition from VHS to DVD’sI got some help from Ask A Librarian, and I came up with this.
  • Write down this title and Google it when you get back to work.It will give you ammunition when you talk to your boss and coworkers.It was written to help the DVD industry understand why their sales of players flattened after only six years.They thought the plateau meant they were doing something wrong, so they commissioned Judson Coplan to do a study.It turned out that they had done everything right.So right, in fact, that they had achieved ‘full’ market penetration about five years ahead of their original schedule.And faster than any ‘device’ had done before.Before they even thought of saying, “Are we there yet?”, they were there.
  • Look at this, but pretend the red line is hard copy and the blue line is ePub.If this were 2001, what would you tell your library to buy more of? Less of?
  • The Skiff hasn’t really caught on, but we love the idea of a flexible display
  • So, we’re looking forward—eagerly—to an eReader that incorporates a truly flexible display and can be carried in a pocket protector.
  • Easy to see why cassette won’t fit CD player
  • Harder to see why Amazon e-book won’t ‘fit’ into Nook. Or, more likely, vice versa.Even if you saw the two side by side as files on a PC, most of our users won’t say, “Whoa! That’s an AZW file extension! No wonder it won’t work on a device configured for an EPUB file!”
  • Calibre is a package of e-reading tools.It is a free download.It lets you convert “any” format to “any” format.But format is not the only issue
  • Both of these read EPUB format, but Sony uses the Adobe DRM and the iPad uses the Fair Play DRM
  • So, ePub offers some serious threats to public libraries as we know them, as well as some benefits.As librarians, we need to figure out how to exploit ePub’s power without being destroyed by it.Use the Force, but don’t go over to the dark side.Now, what about ePub and academic libraries?Chad?
  • It is issues like this that keep us relevant and employed. You may say “I didn’t go to Library School for that!”Well, most of what I went to Library School for doesn’t even exist any more. Some of my class mates were blacksmiths.And I’m glad.Because this is a lot more powerful AND a lot more fun.In effect we are seeing evolution in action. The one that wins may not be the prettiest or the strongest or the smartest. It will be the one best suited to the environment it’s in. And any victory it has will be temporary, because something new will come along real soon.So: formats. Formats can be converted. (e.g. Word to PDF or HTML) You can buy a turntable, and it convert your vinyl to MP3 files as you play them. You can use calibre and convert EPUB to MOBI or MOBI to EPUB or either to djvu. [calibre-ebook.com] We may choose to do this in a hands on way. Nothing’s stopping us but tradition. There is no law that says “Libraries may not convert AZW to EPUB”.Or we may treat it as a reference question, and give ourselves a tic mark for sending a patron to calibre-ebook.com.Eventually every device that stays on the market will play every format that stays on the market. Just like the DVD player on your PC also plays CD’s.
  • Note the sources of free eBooks

Empowering the Reader in a Digital World Empowering the Reader in a Digital World Presentation Transcript

  • Empowering the Reader in a Digital World
    Chad Mairn, Novare Library Services
  • http://www.slideshare.net/chadmairn
    Interactive notebook: http://goo.gl/PrpCf
     
  • Program Goals
    Distinguish between dedicated and non-dedicated e-readers.
    Answer the “e-books: Fad or Trend?” question.
    Untangle the web of acronyms for e-publication (e-pub) formats and DRM schemes.
    View slide
  • Program Goals
    Highlight e-pub’s strengths and weakness for libraries and for end users.
    Explore how e-textbooks fit in to this emerging landscape.
    Propose new models for library service in a digital environment.
    View slide
  • Program Goals
    Provide you with some practical patron assisting tools.
    Give you some homework and an opportunity to change the world.
  • The form of the book has changed over time.
  • What is a Book?
  • What is a Book?
  • What is a Book?
  • What is a Book?
  • What is a Book?
  • The form of the book has changed over time.
    The ‘book’ is the content, not the package!
  • So, what happens when the package undergoes a drastic change?
  • Just as digital music turned this…
  • …into this
  • E-pub turns this…
  • …into this
  • So, will these be replaced by…
  • And what happened to LPs? Are they dead?
  • Recap
    A “book” is the content; an e-book is just the next new package.
    The new package will last until it is replaced by a better package. We won’t revert to the previous package.
    History suggests that—as libraries—we won’t be ready. Let’s be ready!
  • What is a Dedicatede-reader?
    n models
    A device optimized for reading eBooks
    Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader
  • What’s so special about them?
    Reflect light the way paper does (Outdoor reading).
    E-Ink has no backlighting so it is easier on the eyes and can be printed on any surface.
    Long battery life, especially if other features are turned off.
    Small format with huge capacity.
  • A few “dedicated” e-readers
  • Kindle 2 and Kindle DX
    The Kindle DX can hold 3,500 books. If each title weighed 2.5 pounds then it could hold 4 tons of books (Information today, May 2010)
  • Barnes and Noble Nook
    The Nook was the first eReader with digital lending between the Nook, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, PC, Mac OS, and Android Smartphones.
  • Sony eReader
  • Copiae-readers are considered the “first social eReading experience designed so you can discover, connect and share what's meaningful.”
  • Skiff eReader
  • HP’s Flexible Display
    This mylar-infused sheet will hold an image without power.
  • What’s a non-dedicated e-reader
    A device designed for some other, larger purpose that can also read e-publications.
    PC, Mac, iPad, netbook, iPhone, Android phones/tablets, Internet-enabled DVD players/TVs, gaming consoles etc.
  • Steve and his iPad
  • http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooks/download-reader.asp
  • Some Android e-reader Apps
    Laputa
    Google eBooks
    Kobo
    Kindle
  • Which one is better?
    Dedicated
    Non-dedicated
    Excellent for quick, casual reading.
    Can read while multitasking.
    Excellent for extended reading and/or pleasure reading.
    You can “fall into” the book, and the mechanism does not interfere.
  • Is it OK to have both?
    Yes!
  • So, what will e-readers look like a few years from now?
  • I have no idea …
  • Formats and Digital Rights Management (DRM)
  • ePublication Formats
    We have an alphabet soup of formats:
    AZW, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DJVU, LIT, etc.
    For a thorough explanation/comparison, see:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_formats
    The big ones for us are EPUB, PDF and AZW (Kindle).
    “Everyone” else uses EPUB and PDF
    Microsoft uses LIT, but hardly anyone cares
    Official ePub logo, International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
  • Libraries and format
    OverDrive uses the EPUB and PDF formats
    Anyone not familiar with OverDrive?
    NetLibrary uses PDF, HTML, and DJVU formats for various documents. (EBSCO is changing this!)
    Anyone not familiar with “NetLibrary?”
  • Dueling Formats
    The cassette/CD format difference is easy for our patrons to see and understand. But .EPUB vs .AZW… ? Not so easy.
  • Dueling formats
    AZW
    EPUB
  • If format were the only issue…
    www.calibre-ebook.com
  • Same Format, Dueling DRMs
    EPUB w/ Adobe’s ADEPT DRM
    EPUB w/ Apple’s FairPlay DRM
  • Dueling Formats and DRMs
    EPUB using Abode’s DRM
    AZW using Amazon’s DRM
  • So, what’s this DRM thing?
    Digital Rights Management.
    A software “lock” that controls access to a file (e-book, e-music, e-movie). You must have the correct software “key” to unlock it.
  • Is DRM a good thing or is it an evil thing?
  • Yes!
  • Like speed limits and banking regulations, DRM schemes can be a good thing and can protect an author’s livelihood.
    Like speed traps and unreasonable lending practices, DRM schemes can infuriate and frustrate our readers.
  • DRM schemes are a possibly necessary evil.
    Current treebookcheck out is primitive DRM.
    DRM schemes can be beaten, and it’s not illegal to know how.
    We can be the e-book source with the least annoying DRM and often none at all.
  • https://readersbillofrights.info/
  • I am upset! This is so frustrating! I don’t care what it is called; I JUST WANT to read an eBook!
  • A reader who has figured it out
  • Recap
    There are dedicated and non-dedicated e-readers; both are wonderful.
    Any devices we see now will be quaint in a few years.
    E-publications come in a variety of (often) incompatible formats.
    They are protected by various forms of DRM.
  • E-pub and Public Libraries
  • How will e-pub affect Public Libraries?
    • Access—Web site becomes “the” library
    • Old days--My library has a Web site!
    • Near future--My Web site still has a library!
    • Delivery—Instant home delivery. No need to visit the library. Or wait.
    • Delivery—Your costly, polluting, labor intensive inter-branch delivery vanishes.
  • How will e-pub affect Public Libraries?
    Overdues—Nope.
    Book self-returns when due
    Storage—Your entire collection fits on a one or two terabyte hard drive.
    • About $50 per terabyte at CompUSA
    Service area—Why have a ‘local’ library?
  • How will e-pub affect Public Libraries?
    What happens to Ownership?
    Storage on “OverDrive’s” servers
    Check out via “OverDrive’s” software
    Access via “NetLibrary” web site
    (Are we sure that “we” own this book?)
  • How will (or does) e-pub affect Public Libraries?
    Publishers’ reluctance to sell to libraries
    Term limited e-books
    Limited range of vendors
  • OverDrive WIN
    Eliminate the need to deal with various file formats.
    Reduce staff time for collection development and help-desk support.
    Offer support for Kindle Library Lending.
    Add in-copyright eBook samples for immediate access.
    Enable patron driven acquisition.
    New 'always available' eBook collections for simultaneous access.
    Launch 'Open eBook' titles, free of DRM
  • Homework
    Devise or negotiate a purchasing plan that creates a “win” for publishers, vendors, librarians and patrons
    Hint: 90% of it already exists
  • Recap
    E-pub offers huge benefits to public libraries, but also some threats to libraries as we now envision them.
    We need to figure out how to exploit e-pub’s power without being destroyed by it.
  • E-textbooks
    Al & Chad
    Chad & Al
  • Consider this e-textbook pricing breakdown …
    32.3% — Publisher’s paper, printing, and editorial costs
    15.4% — Publisher’s Marketing Costs
    11.6% — Author Income
    10.9% — College Store Personnel
    10% — Publisher’s General and Administrative Expenses
    7% — Publisher’s Income (after tax)
    6.8% — College Store Operations
    4.9% — College Store Income (pre-tax)
    1.1% — Freight ExpensesSource: http://laurafreberg.com/blog/?p=13
    32.3% (paper, printing) + 22.6% (college store) = 54.9% of the cost of textbooks. So, why aren’t we using eTextbooks?
  • E-textbooks
    95 % of McGraw-Hill’s offerings are electronic, but their focus is on print. Why?
    75% of college students surveyed prefer print textbooks, citing print’s look and feel + its permanence and ability to be resold. (Book Industry Study Group's  Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education survey, 2011)
    Torrent sites are starting to get more popular for e-textbooks (Isohunt, TheEbooksBay, TextbookTorrents, Piratebay, and on and on and on …)
  • E-textbooks
    Electronic books will be widely adopted in college settings within one to two years. (2011 Horizon Report)
    According to the National Association of College Stores only 3% of textbook sales are digital, but they expect it to grow to 10-15% by 2012. (Campus Technology, 3/2011)
    Florida looks at taking school textbooks completely digital by 2015 (St. Petersburg Times, 2/17/11)
    Profs: Kindle no threat to college textbooks: Students find e-reader cheaper but hard to use (Arizona Republic, 7/6/10)
  • Some e-textbook Options
    • CourseSmart’s “catalog includes over 90% of the core textbooks in use today in North American Higher Education as eTextbooks …”
    • Amazon.com has e-textbooks for Kindle, but they are limited (e.g., no color).
    • CourseLoad integrates with Learning Management Systems and does not depend on specific devices for students to read and interact with the content.
    • Flat World Knowledge is where “educators choose the book [and] students choose format and price.” Remixablee-textbooks.
    • Inkling is brining content to the “iPad with interactivity, social collaboration and simple ease-of-use” and is going beyond the constraints of the printed book!
  • The Kno, textbook tablet
  • The Application requires 46MB of hard disk space; books range from 50KB to 1GB per title. (Source: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nookstudy
  • CourseSmart
    Amazon.com
  • Looking ahead
    Browser-based books = truly device agnostic!
    With HTML 5 eBooks will become more interactive; content can be stored offline and then synced via the “cloud.”
    Books in Browsers 2010: The Future of Reading on the Web conference was held October 21, 2010 at the Internet Archive. 
  • Would a streaming Netflix-esque subscription model work for libraries or would it bypass them?
  • Recap
    E-books are powerful and complicated.
    They can fundamentally change libraries as we know them.
    Nobody fully grasps the full range of opportunities and threats they offer.
    Lots of people are bewildered and confused. So…
    How should we—as Librarians—respond?
  • Appropriate Library Response to these Problems
  • Issues like this that keep us relevant and employed.
    This is powerful and FUN!
    We are seeing evolution in action.
    Show me the rules that says “Libraries may not convert EPUB to AZW for patrons!”
    Or “Never, ever mention calibre or FeedBooks!”
  • How do we stay in the game?
    OverDrive model
    We exist but with a changed role
    Amazon and Apple models
    We don’t exist
    EBSCO NetLibrary model
    We may exist. We don’t know yet.
    Other models
    Maybe we should create our own
    Create a model right now…
  • Summary
    Good e-pub news
    Thousands of free e-books
    A MARC record makes it “yours”
    Potential for dramatic cost decreases
    Huge increase in ability to serve patrons
    Opportunity for entirely new service models
    Local authorship opportunities
  • More Homework
    • Tell your vendors you want more lendable, downloadable e-books.
    • Train your staff so that they are able to say, “We can help you with that!”
  • More Homework
    Find ways to cooperate with other libraries; location is now irrelevant.
    Invent and share ways to exploit e-pub’s digital nature in library environments.
    Start reading e-books and playing with Calibre(and related tools)
  • How can I learn more?
    • Visit: http://sites.google.com/a/tblc.org/digital-delight
    • Visit: http://sites.google.com/site/epublishingtrendstblc/
    • Google “sources of free e-books”
    • Pay attention to what’s going on! (Hint: HarperCollins etc.)
  • Twitter Stream
    © SAP 2009 / Page 88
  • Empowering the Reader in a Digital World
    NEFLIN Technology Conference, 6/17/11
    Chad Mairn, Novare Library Services
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