E-book Industry players seek effective business models
* User authentication and trusted time-stamping.
* Secure audit trailing.
* Permanent records preservation and access.
* Interoperability among devices.
* Systems migration.
Lysakowski highlighted how difficult this might be. For example, he said, "I don't know if we'll ever have digital operability standards across time." CENSA's mission, he noted, is to help the industry create open electronic notebook architectures, components, systems and products that meet industry, government and consumer needs.
Steve Potash, OverDrive Systems, demonstrated an IDG Books Worldwide computer book being assembled with use of the Open E-book standard. His advice to publishers is to
* Define target markets
* Consider e-book distribution channels
* Review content issues
* Analyze strengths of a print book or title.
* Consider e-book sourcing issues and options.
* Consider rights and licensing land mines.
* Define an appropriate realm, i.e., information publishing or recreational reading.
Potash outlined today's distribution models
* Downloading of files to e-book readers or palm devices.
* Providing a Web-based library for access via subscription or membership.
* Publishing on CD-ROM or other fixed media
* Packaging for resellers or OEMs, or bundling.
George Kerscher, Research Fellow, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and Project Manager to the DAISY Consortium, pointed out that electronic book technologies could expand the market for reading for the blind and print-disabled population, because the open standards that are emerging for e-book formatting can be also be used to facilitate their translation into audio or Braille products. He outlined current translation issues.
Security issues are a concern of publishers, so much so that the Association of American Publishers has been studying them, reported Carol Risher, vice president, copyright and new technology, Association of American Publishers. She presented highlights of the E-book Security Assessment: General Report which was prepared for the AAP by Global Integrity, La Jolla, CA. A summary is posted at: http://www.publishers.org/home/press/ebook.htm. The full report is available on the Global Integrity web site (www.globalintegrity.com).