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Giving Them What They Should Want

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Judging by the crowded sessions at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting last January in Seattle, e-books remain the most contested topic among public librarians.
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Ebook Platforms in Libraries: A new report in the works | No Shelf Required

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Ebook Platforms in Libraries: A new report in the works

November 2nd, 2012 · by Mirela Roncevic · 2 Comments

I am in the midst of developing a library technology report for ALA TechSource (a unit of the publishing department of the American Library Association), due out in the Spring of 2013. The focus: ebook platforms in libraries. As I am amassing information about various products from publishers and aggregators on the specifics of each platform, I’ve decided to open it up to a broader audience in the early stages of the writing process and obtain feedback from all who may benefit.

Publishers and aggregators: Please take a moment to read the proposed contents of the report (below) and let me know where your products fit and why. I plan to cover a variety of resources.

Librarians: What are your main frustrations when selecting ebook platforms? Please take a moment to consider if the details I plan to include about each product will help you make informed purchasing decisions.


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No text to speech in Amazon’s new Paperwhite Kindles: Why? To push us toward Fire tablets and boost Amazon-owned Audible? - The Digital Reader

No text to speech in Amazon’s new Paperwhite Kindles: Why? To push us toward Fire tablets and boost Amazon-owned Audible? - The Digital Reader | eBook Exploration | Scoop.it

So, Jeff, what’s the strategy here, given the diminishment of the usefulness of the Paperwhite models for the people with dyslexia or other learning or vision challenges? Especially, how about students? Don’t you hope to crack the education market? Dumb move, this muting. Speech chips cost a pittance, so that excuse just will not fly. If you don’t want a speaker or there isn’t room for one, at least include a headphone jack. Just how could you be so out of touch with customers in this instance? I actually was hoping Amazon would go in the other direction and do TTS right with “Amy” and other refined voices from the whizzes at Ivona (or would pick up the equivalents from a similar company).

In silencing the Paperwhites, was Amazon trying to extend the market life of the TTS-enabled Kindle Keyboard 3G and the DX?


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Teenagers, E-reader Owners Still Visit Libraries

Teenagers, E-reader Owners Still Visit Libraries | eBook Exploration | Scoop.it
Even if you have an e-reader, a new survey shows you probably still visit the library. (Teenagers and E-readers are still using libraries. Who saw that coming?
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Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2013 | Digital Book World

Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2013 | Digital Book World | eBook Exploration | Scoop.it
Seeing as though 2012 is just about over, we’ve gathered publishing experts to predict what extraordinary events are to come in book publishing in 2013.
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E-book settlement has publishing world in turmoil

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Publishing insiders worry that a decisive court ruling benefiting retailer Amazon.com Inc. will undermine an industry already struggling with the transition to e-books.


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Amazon Taps Schools and Business Users with Whispercast for Kindle - X-bit labs

Amazon Taps Schools and Business Users with Whispercast for Kindle - X-bit labs | eBook Exploration | Scoop.it

Amazon to Rival Apple’s iTunes U with Whispercast...


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