Amazon seems moderately competent to me. That puts them in the top decile of large American corporations. So when Sarah Houghton, the "Librarian in Black" tweeted me "I hope you won't mind if I'm still mad at them ;)" I realized that I'm not mad at Amazon at all. A big company acting like a big company is not the sort of thing I get mad at. I've worked for one of the biggest companies in the world (at least it used to be!) So when Amazon forces my small company to suspend crowdfunding because of its big-company traits, I find it hard to get too worked up.
Textbook publishers have almost boundless disdain for Boundless Learning, and it's not hard to see why.
The company, which unveiled an upgraded, public iteration of its software Wednesday after a year in beta, offers college students free, open versions of textbooks that would normally cost them scores if not hundreds of dollars. It describes what it does as "textbook replacement."
Washington, DC – Based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the ebook market, the American Library Association (ALA) today released Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries, a report that describes general features and attributes of the current ebook environment and outlines constraints and restrictions of current business models. The report, which was created by the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group (DCWG), suggests opportunities for publishers to showcase content through public libraries.
“The DCWG will continue its advocacy on ebook business models for public libraries as it increases its focus on other aspects of ebooks such as the school library market and accessibility issues,” said Carrie Russell, lead ALA staffer for the business models subgroup.
You may not download Digital Content to any school media center or library Device or any other school-issued Device that allows for access by multiple users. Digital Content may be used on school-issued Devices that are issued to students under a one-to-one device program where each Device is assigned for the exclusive use by a single student.
“If you understand the basics of searching and using EBSCOhost, ebooks aren’t that different. It’s very intuitive,” Breen said. “Think about the time and money it saves a library staff to not have to train on another new platform,” he said
I’ve spent the past few months reporting on platforms that help school librarians make ebooks available to their patrons. But what about librarians and other educators who want to go beyond a read-only experience and enable their students to easily create, share—and even market—their very own slick, tablet-ready graphical ebooks and mobile apps? Enter Aerbook Maker.
Education software outfit Kno has partnering with publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to offer interactive textbooks for K–12 students. The digital titles are available for the iPad, Android, Windows 7 and the Web, with topics spanning the Common Core State Standards. The textbooks are available for $9.99 or less for a one-year rental and are geared for home use, according to the Santa Clara-based company’s release, and aimed for purchase by parents to “supplement classroom learning through enhanced digital content at home.” “Even if the schools have not adopted digital textbooks,” says Kno CEO Osman Rashid.
With ultra-affordable e-ink readers, midprice color tablets like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, and even the more expensive iPads all vying for your e-book dollar, what's the best choice for you? It depends.
Here’s my conclusion: ebook models make us choose. And I don’t mean choosing which catalog, or interface, or set of contract terms we want — though we do make those choices, and they matter. I mean that we choose which values to advance, and which to sacrifice. We’re making those values choices every time we sign a contract, whether we talk about it or not.