SPARC is hosting an upcoming webcast on the future of e-books. Here’s the blurb:
Innovation, the future of e-books, and the Archaeology of the Americas Digital Monograph Initiative
An online event co-sponsored by SPARC and AAUP
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
12:00 – 1:00PM EST
Registration is free, but required. RSVP by July 26 at http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/register.
The Archaeology of the Americas Digital Monograph Initiative is a collaboration of six presses seeking to explore the creation and dissemination of enhanced digital monographs in New World archaeology. As such, it represents an important effort to sketch out the future of the scholarly e-book and business models capable of supporting it. Funded by Mellon in March 2009, the project immediately confronted a technological landscape of proliferating mobile reading devices and digital distribution channels. Project leaders hope to negotiate this rapidly changing environment by focusing on business innovation and leveraging a network of technology and channel partnerships that will provide a system for publishing enhanced monographs in an economical, sustainable fashion.
On July 27, Darrin Pratt, Director of the University Press of Colorado, will join us to explore the initiative, how it was started and funded, the network of partnerships involved, challenges, lessons, and what they envision next. Originally conceived for the Innovation and Future of E-books panel at the June meeting of the Association of American University Presses, Darrin’s presentation will also touch on the highlights from that discussion.