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The E-book: Today and Tomorrow Hope N. Tillman, Babson College Walt Howe, Delphi Forums Monday, November 5, 2001 Topics to be covered e-book hardware e-book software converting e-publishers and booksellers digital textbooks library community products standards rights management

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the e book today and tomorrow

The E-book:Today and Tomorrow

Hope N. Tillman, Babson College

Walt Howe, Delphi Forums

Monday, November 5, 2001

topics to be covered
Topics to be covered
  • e-book hardware
  • e-book software
  • converting
  • e-publishers and booksellers
  • digital textbooks
  • library community products
  • standards
  • rights management
  • copyright/security issues
  • future trends
hardware november 2001
Hardware - November 2001
  • Dedicated ebook devices
    • RCA REB1100 and REB1200
    • Rocket and Softbook (no longer made)
    • Cybook goReader
    • MyFriend
  • Tablet computers that can be used to read ebooks
    • AlphaBook HPW-630ETR (ePlate)
    • Microsoft tablet pc (still concept)
    • Qbe Original & Vivo Sharp RW-A230
    • Voyager by Monec Web Pad
    • WebPad WebPAD
    • WebTablet Xerox Gyricon E-Ink
e paper
  • Xerox Gyricon
  • E-Ink
hardware november 20017
Hardware - November 2001
  • Handheld/Pocket
    • Aero 1550 IPAQ H3600 Cassiopeia E-115, EM-500
    • Datamyte 4000
    • eBookMan by Franklin HP Jornada Hiebook
    • Palm SIMpad
    • TouchPC Voyager Visor
  • Phone
    • SAGEM WA 3050 a full dual-band GSM phone
hardware nov 2000
Hardware – Nov. 2000
  • Softbook Reader from Softbook Press (Gemstar)
  • Rocket e-Book from NuvoMedia (Gemstar)
  • RCA REB1100 and REB1200 (Thomson Multimedia)
  • Palm Pilot/ Windows CE devices, incl. Handspring Visor
  • Pocket PC Devices: Hewlett-Packard's Jornada 545
  • EB Dedicated Reader
  • Glassbook Reader Device
software readers
Software Readers
  • For Palm OS
    • Adobe Acrobat
    • Aportis
    • Iambic
    • Isilo
    • MobiPocket
    • Palm Reader
    • Primer PDF
    • Qvadis Express
software readers10
Software Readers
  • For Franklin OS - Franklin
  • OEB
    • Echyon Reader
    • Flip Browser
  • PC
    • Ebrary Info Tools
    • HieBook Reader
    • Microsoft Reader
    • MobiPocket
    • NetLibrary
    • TK3
    • Adobe
  • Windows CE
    • MobiPocket
software readers specialized
Software Readers -specialized
  • Bookwormie – multilingual (different character sets)
  • BrailleNote
  • Smart Reader – math/sci/engineering
  • SVG Viewer
  • TK3 Reader – multimedia
  • WAX - for KM projects
display features
Display features


Linked table of contents

Linked index



Annotations and Highlighter




The following are a sample of what is currently available as converters and publishers:

  • Acrobat 5.0 and Capture
  • Activ E-Book Compiler
  • Memoware (iSolo) – see their conversion table
  • Microsoft Reader add-in for Microsoft Word
  • Overdrive
  • Rocket Writer
  • X-it (Quark to XML)

Publishers are looking at variety of choices to make their products available electronically while protecting their rights

See (Barnes & Noble), Powells, GemStar and (NetLibrary) list of publishers

  • McGraw-Hill
  • Random House
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Time Warner
vanity publishers
Vanity Publishers

Minimal barriers to entry into publishing ebooks

  • 1st Books
  • BiblioBytes
  • Book Locker
  • Buy Books on the Web
  • FatBrain – Mighty Words (eMatter)
  • NightKitchen
  • Online Originals
  • Spirit Virtual Books
  • TK3 by Night Kitchen
  • Universal Publishers
  • Xlibris
lightning source
Lightning Source
  • Lightning Source Inc., a subsidiary of Ingram Industries Inc. is "The Digital Content Connection"SM
    • Print-on-demand
    • Vanity publishing
the morphing of book sellers vanity publishing plus
The Morphing of Book Sellers (Vanity Publishing Plus)
  • Alex Catalog of Etexts
  • BookonWeb -
  • (Contentville) – closed this month
  • Fictionwise –
  • –
  • The Library Place (
ebooks on demand
eBooks on Demand

There are minimal barriers to entry into publishing electronic books as opposed to becoming a print publisher

  • Mightywords
  • St. Barthelemy Press
audio ebooks
Audio eBooks
  • Audible
digital textbooks k 12 and beyond
Digital Textbooks (K-12 and beyond)
  • Digital textbooks, offer a learning environment for a new generation of students by combining the strength of great academic content with the exciting capabilities of the personal computer and the Internet! Digital textbooks encourage integration, creative exploration, and active investigation
  • Wizeup –
  • Addison-Wesley –
  • Metatext -
  • Thomson eLearning (
  • Jones
  • Blackboard, etc.
sampling textbook publishing
Sampling Textbook Publishing
  • Web sites for supplementary materials, workbooks, exercises, case studies, exams, teachers manuals, prefaces, and bibliographies
  • Easy updating
  • A few players
    • Addison Wesley – statistics
    • Allyn & Bacon/Longman (Pearson)
    • Southwestern Publishing
    • Thomson Learning
companies focusing on library community
Companies Focusing on Library Community
  • Going to the publisher world and converting output to digital format those things that began life as print
    • NetLibrary
    • Questia
    • Ebrary
    • MeansBusiness
open ebook forum http www openebook org
Open eBook Forum
  • OEBPS (open ebook publication structure) is a nonproprietary, open format.
  • Plan is for companies developing tools to convert proprietary formats into OEB
  • Subset of HTML tags
    • Leverage the current installed base of data in html, tools, creation tools, etc.
    • Cascading style sheet subset
    • Use Dublin core
    • A goal is XML validity (desired, not required)
common coding standards
Common Coding Standards
  • .OEB/.HTML/.XML – open
  • .PDF – Adobe
  • .LIT – Microsoft
  • .PDB – Palm
  • .RB - Rocket/REB
  • .TXT – ASCII, text
  • .TK3 – Night Kitchen
standards digital rights management
Standards: Digital Rights Management
  • XrML – open
  • InterTrust –
  • Reciprocal –
  • Rights Market –
digital rights management issues
Digital Rights Management Issues
  • Restructuring of ownership relationships between readers and publishers
  • Migration issues
    • Will ownership be backwardly compatible? --migrate to next reader?
  • Change in expectation about a book’s persistence
  • Impact on Publishers
standards security copyright protection
Standards: Security/Copyright Protection
  • EBX – of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) met with the Open eBook Forum (12/2000) and plans to combine as a focal point for standards activities related to electronic publishing.
intellectual property issues
Intellectual Property Issues
  • Ebook devices as a intellectual property control system Viewing platforms and IP control systems
    • Ebook devices today as closed intellectual property control systems
  • Content locked into digital books –can’t share with other people
  • Issues with privacy
genres which fled print early or developed online persona
Genres which fled print early or developed online persona
  • Encyclopedias, many dictionaries
  • Databases in print, i.e. Science Citation Index
  • Redesigned content portals: MeansBusiness
  • Primary sources for American history: Making of America
  • Scholarly web sites – Perseus site at Tufts, Romantic Circles work
the making of america
The Making of America

the tufts perseus project
The Tufts Perseus Project

devices versus computers
Devices versus Computers
  • Devices/appliances can be substitutable for books
  • Some products can accommodate to ebook devices while others need the full power of desktop computing
    • Nonlinear work does not do well on today’s devices
  • Devices/appliances and computers are converging
portable library rather than portable book
Portable Library rather than Portable Book?
  • What will be impact of much larger, cheaper storage space?
    • Storage will get cheaper – will have object that holds entire library, not just 10-20 books
  • What happens when the content of resources more valuable than device?
  • What about portability to the next generation?
where will the future take us
Where will the future take us?
  • Where will the potential of print on demand lead?
  • Will anything ever be out of print?
  • What will electronic paper/ink be used for: replace, create new or live along side?
  • What about standards?
  • What about wireless?
  • What about convergence?
library use of e books
Library Use of E-Books

Chris Rippel - Online notes for e-book preconference at Kansas Triconference 2000


See individual web sites:

Babson College

North Carolina State University

Charlotte and Mecklenberg County

Worthington Ohio

Springfield-Greenfield County Library District

  • Hawkins, Donald T. Electronic Books. Online: part 1, July/August 2000, and part 2, September/October 2000
  • Lynch, Clifford. Electrifying the Book, Library Journal Supplement Net Connect: part 1, October 15, 1999, and part 2, January 2000
  • Ohler, Jason. Taming the Technological Beast: The Case of the E-Book. The Futurist, January-February 2001, pp. 16-21
  • Randolph, Susan E. Are e-books in Your Future? Information Outlook, February 2001, pp. 22-28.
  • Rheingold, Howard. The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1993
web sites
Web Sites
    • They publish the weekly E-book Informer that alerts to new titles available for the most popular ebook formats

Hope Tillman

Babson College

Horn Library

Babson Park MA 02457

Walt Howe

Delphi Forums

6 Saw Mill Brook Way

Woburn MA 01801

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