eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News For the Week Ending July 27

bibaI am the former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead, the Internet’s first blog devoted to ebooks.  I now run a curated Twitter feed devoted to ebooks, elibraries, and epublishing.

This is a listing of those feeds for the week ending July 27.  A new listing will be published on No Shelf Required each Sunday evening.

If you are interested in following the feed in real time, follow me @paulkbiba — Paul Biba

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Scholastic to Close Storia eBookstore; Customers Could Lose Access to Their eBook Purchases http://t.co/fs56ELXbR0

Another Argument Against The “Artist Must Get Paid” Nonsense http://t.co/UybvxKNitG Continue reading

ALA panel summary: Leading with Ebooks

A few weeks ago at the ALA Annual Conference, Mirela Roncevic, an NSR contributing writer, organized a panel discussion about leading with ebooks.  Panelists included:

  • Jamie LaRue – founder of the Douglas County Libraries Model, a library platform for the management of ebooks.
  • Stuart Smith -  Open Road; featured speaker on Huffington Post Live and is a contributor to multiple literacy blogs.
  • Terry Kirchner – Westchester Library System, Terry has taken the digital leap and fully embraces the potential offered by ebooks.
  • Michael Rockliff set out to become a librarian, and is now Director, School and Library Sales & Marketing at Workman Publishing Company, where he remains happily ensconsed.
  • Yoav Lorch is a writer turned entrepreneur and founder of Total BooX, his third startup.

I enjoyed the initial presentations from both Roncevic and Lorch,  They both agreed to share their slides which are available here:

Mirela led with a discussion on the difference between a manager and a leader. She provided several examples with regard to ebooks.  For instance, managing ebooks might include words like build, limit, copy, accept, control, or take.  But, leading with ebooks would look more like these words:  create, expand, originate, challenge, inspire, and give. This, of course, relates to both publishers and libraries. Continue reading

eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News For the Week Ending July 20

bibaI am the former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead, the Internet’s first blog devoted to ebooks.  I now run a curated Twitter feed devoted to ebooks, elibraries, and epublishing.

This is a listing of those feeds for the week ending July 20th.  A new listing will be published on No Shelf Required each Monday morning.

If you are interested in following the feed in real time, follow me @paulkbiba. — Paul Biba

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Publishers Should Start Selling eBooks on Bittorrent http://t.co/3tCUdbPica

E-Books in a Kenyan Library Increase Patronage http://t.co/d8yt9gLN8X Continue reading

Odilio partners with eVoke Colorado for customization of local ebook interface

The statewide e-book project, also known as eVoke Colorado, continues to reach significant milestones. The project team has purchased the initial collection, implemented new design elements and integrated functionality with OverDrive and library catalogs.

By project end, eVoke Colorado endeavors to create an alpha-stage, end-to-end cloud e-content infrastructure that can provide digital content purchasing and lending capabilities to all Colorado libraries. Earlier this year, the project achieved milestones allowing library users to search and access e-content alongside physical content, see real-time availability, and download titles from within library catalogs. Continue reading

ebrary to retire mobile app in August

ebrary will be launching a new and improved ebrary reader in the next few months.  Many of the new features are listed below (and also available in a ppt).  As a result of the new reader, ebrary will be retiring the dedicated mobile app on August 4th.  The new ereader is designed with laptop and tablet use in mind, tablets using the Bluefire app as access point (which has already been available for some time).

New features of Reader:

  • Clearer user permissions & information on ebooks for patrons
  • Intuitive navigation to find popular features faster
  • Higher text quality & display options for better readability
  • Focus on streamlining key tasks:
    Copy, print, download, in-book search
  • Enhanced support for accessibility needs (Q4)

EBSCO ebooks adds arabic titles from the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research

IPSWICH, Mass. — July 15, 2014 —EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) have partnered to make ECSSR titles more accessible for academic users as well as public library users looking for Arabic and English publications covering various political, economic, social and informational fields. The ECSSR titles are being made available via the EBSCO eBooks platform, allowing users to purchase complete e-book versions of titles from the publisher. Continue reading

Axis 360 API integration now available for Innovative’s Polaris ILS

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 14, 2014 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that API integration between its Axis 360 digital media platform and Innovative’s Polaris ILS has been completed, achieving a new milestone in simplified patron experience and digital library administration benefits. Continue reading

IMLS grant to OCLC for early learning efforts in public libraries

Interesting grant-funded project awarded to OCLC and partners.  I like that it is research-validated from the iSchool at the University of Washington.

DUBLIN, Ohio, July 14, 2014—The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a National Leadership Grant to OCLC to help guide public libraries in offering programs for young children that will build critical literacy skills. Continue reading

Library eBook updates from the ALA conference

I attended the American Library Association Conference in late June and was able to speak with a variety of ebook vendors about updates to interfaces, products, and services.  Below is a list of vendors with highlights for each.  I didn’t make it to every vendor, so if I have left someone off the list or you have information to add, please contact me. Continue reading

ALA Panel Alert: Leading with Ebooks — New Strategies for Librarians and Publishers

Join a panel of librarians, publishers, and thought leaders in a dynamic exchange of ideas for advancing ebook services in libraries.

LEADING WITH EBOOKS: NEW STRATEGIES FOR LIBRARIANS AND PUBLISHERS
Sunday, June 29th, Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N252, 3:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Total BooX, an ebook service based on the premise that public libraries need not settle for less than instant, simultaneous access to ebooks or pay for the content not read by their patrons, this panel seeks to challenge existing patterns in ebook management and engage industry leaders to identify the trends moving publishing and librarianship into new territories.

Topics explored include: thinking like digital natives (even if we are not); tracking reading (after the checkout); rethinking marketing (as everyone’s task); valuing content (while embracing technology); and acting now (and walking the talk).

The panel is moderated by Mirela Roncevic, co-editor of ALA’s journal eContent Quarterly and contributing writer to No Shelf Required.

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