Now Peter Brantley at the Internet Archive has a first-rate post, at PWxyz, on some specific outrages of iBooks Author, and he himself uses the word “screw” (not the first time circumstances have justified its use here).
And don’t think you can ignore this. Didn’t America’s public libraries once believe they could stay away from the Kindle format? Now, thanks to the short-sightedness of the library world, America’s major public libraries have more or less been turned into Amazon affiliates via OverDrive.
The thing about iBooks Author is that for now it’s billed as an easy way to create e-books with multimedia and other features. And isn’t the DPLA supposed to be “generative”? Apple has deeply invaded the group’s territory, but so far the DPLA is snoring through it all, and the International Digital Publishing Forum ought to be more concerned as well, even if Apple is a member—in fact, maybe more so because Apple is a member. Long term, a robust e-book ecosystem for libraries could increase their influence and make them and publishers less vulnerable to corporate corruption of e-book standards.
- Apple e-textbook tools to jack up education and hardware costs ultimately? And could the DPLA help offer an alternative?
- LibraryCity’s Baltimore Sun commentary on digital libraries: Will the New York Times’s Friedman and other pundits connect the dots?
- National Digital Public Library conference: A little progress toward a two-system approach—to help both public and academic libraries?
- Stanza e-book software now dead for iPad owners: Lesson for libraries and DPLA
- Readium push from e-book trade group takes on Amazon—and Apple’s bastardized ePub