What’s the Buzz: Recommending E-Bundles; UK E-Textbook Adoption, Twitter Dating

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By Hannah Johnson

What's the BuzzComputerworld’s Mike Elgin writes that further hardware innovations are not what consumers or the publishing industry needs to develop the ebook market. Instead, Elgin wants more “bundled” books that include digital, print and audio versions, ebook releases prior to the print version, and ebooks that come with a built-in social network. The comments to the post are worth reading through as well.

Martyn Daniels looked at recently published research by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) concerning the adoption of e-textbooks in the UK. “The research studied UK student usage of 36 online textbooks at 127 universities during the period November 2007 to December 2008. In that time, 46,000 visits were made and more than 761,000 pages were viewed. More than 50,000 university staff and students were surveyed.” The report concludes that releasing digital editions of textbooks does not negatively impact print sales.

The Times Higher Education also covered the survey and noted that university librarians want more digital textbooks at a lower price to keep up with growing student and faculty interest. For more information, listen to a podcast from JISC about the results of the survey.

Are you a single book lover looking for romance? Do you judge potential mates by their taste in books? We wrote earlier about Penguin UK’s book-oriented dating site, and are happy to report that some of the book dating conversation has migrated to Twitter. Follow the hashtag #bookdating for a discussion about which books you should not admit to liking on your first date and more.

About the Author

Hannah Johnson

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Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.