A summary of the various articles about Amazon’s announcement to work with libraries via OverDrive, plus a couple of others on Amazon.
Apologies for the long list, I’ve been away for a week and lots has happened!
Reprinted in full from Information Today NewsBreaks, by Paula Hane.
Flat World Knowledge, a publisher of free and open college textbooks for students, announced the release of a new platform called MIYO (Make It Your Own). The fully-automated system gives professors greater control over textbook content, and the ability, with one click, to make their modified book available to students free online or in multiple, low-cost digital and print formats.
MIYO (mee-oh) transforms a static textbook into an adaptable learning platform by combining a digital-first architecture with Flat World’s open licensing model that grants faculty the right to revise, remix and share its textbooks. The new system uses familiar drag-and-drop and click features that allow instructors to easily move or delete chapters and sections; upload Word and PDF documents; add notes and exercises; insert video and hyperlinks; edit sentences; and incorporate other content that is free to reuse under a Creative Commons open license. Continue reading
From a Credo Reference press release: Credo Reference, the award-winning online reference service, is pleased to announce the launch of an in-depth new Publisher Collection from Salem Press.
Joining a growing list of 33 other Publisher Collections, all available stand-alone or alongside a subscription to Credo General Reference, the new Salem Press Collection will be offered as perpetual purchase or on a subscription basis.
This new Collection features key titles from both the Critical Surveys of Literature series (guides covering the major writers of world literature) and the Great Lives from History series (detailing the biographies of important people throughout history). Filled with vital content, and including 54 volumes from 13 titles, the Salem Press Publisher Collection offers: Continue reading
Open Access E-Books
As e-books emerge into the public consciousness, “Open Access”, a concept already familiar to scholarly publishers and academic libraries, will play an increasing role for all sorts of publishers and libraries. This chapter discusses what Open Access means in the context of e-books, how Open Access e-books can be supported, and the roles that Open Access e-books will play in libraries and in our society.
The Open Access “Movement”
Authors write and publish because they want to be read. Many authors also want to earn a living from their writing, but for some, income from publishing is not an important consideration. Some authors, particularly academics, publish because of the status, prestige, and professional advancement that accrue to authors of influential or groundbreaking works of scholarship. Academic publishers have historically taken advantage of these motivations to create journals and monographs consisting largely of works for which they pay minimal royalties, or more commonly, no royalties at all. In return, authors’ works receive professional review, editing, and formatting. Works that are accepted get placement in widely circulated journals and monograph catalogs. Continue reading
The University of Michigan Library is opening to the public 2,229 searchable keyed-text editions of books from Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO). The texts are available to the public at no cost.
ECCO is a research database containing significant English- and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century and important works from the America The database is published by Gale, part of Cengage Learning.
The texts typed by the Text Creation Partnership, range from Pope’s “Essay on Man” to a “Discourse addressed to an Infidel Mathematician.” The Text Creation Partnership (TCP) produced the keyed texts in collaboration with Gale, which provided page images for keying and is permitting the release of the keyed texts in support of the Library’s commitment to the creation of open access cultural heritage archives. Continue reading
I never thought I’d see the day! Great news Amazon and OverDrive. News release from Kindle here.
From a Publishers Weekly article: Amazon announced this morning that Kindle owners will soon be able to borrow books from public libraries. Working with vendor OverDrive, which manages e-book lending for the vast majority of public libraries, the deal will make thousands of titles available via more than 11,000 of OverDrive’s public library partners. To date, Kindle has been noticeably absent from library lending, as OverDrive’s service worked only with ePub-enabled devices, including the Sony Reader, the Nook, iPads, and smartphones. Amazon officials said that with Kindle Library Lending, library-ebooks managed by OverDrive will now be available for all generations of Kindle devices and for use with free Kindle reading apps on most other devices, including Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone.
The service will launch later this year.
From an OverDrive blog post:
OverDrive has made some enhancements to the apps for Android and iOS. They include:
OverDrive Media Console for Android (v2.2)
- Sepia display option for eBooks
- Screen-dimming override for eBooks
- Faster EPUB performance
- Sleep timer for audiobooks
OverDrive Media Console for iPhone/iPad (v2.2.1)
- Orientation lock for eBooks
- Night mode and sepia display option for eBooks
- Screen lock override for eBooks
- Improved range of font size settings
- In-app library “Website Finder”
Today I presented at the Argentine Library Association Conference about ebooks in US Libraries, thanks to an invitation from the American Embassy (in Buenos Aires) Information Resource Center. I offered information about purchasing and accessing eBooks and about lending eReaders in libraries. But, I learned quite a bit in return! For example, no one who attended my presentation (about 80 librarians) offered ebooks in their library. Also, only 2 of the attendees owned an eReader (one Kindle and one iPad if you are counting). Why? There just are not many Spanish language eBooks available for libraries and the format has not become as popular yet. I expect this will change soon, as more publishers offer eBooks and US publishers move into the South American market. Continue reading
Today I had my first glimpse of the Buenos Aires Book Fair (Feria del Libro). I’ve never attended a book fair, so it was very exciting to see the rows and rows of publishers and other information providers with their booths and offerings. It is similar to an ALA conference exhibit, but the focus here is truly on books! Publishers have shelves and boxes of printed books for sale during the book fair and are expecting over 1 million visitors during the 3 week event. According to my local host, Jorge Rodriguez, Director of the Information Resource Center (IRC) at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, the fair attracts the people of Argentina and surrounding areas, not just publishers. It is such a cultural event for the people of Argentina, who are very attached to reading and books. The love of books is apparent while walking around the city of Buenos Aires – independent bookstores are on every street!
The IRC of the US Embassy in Buenos Aires also has a booth at the fair and their theme is the evolution of the book. They have a variety of print sources, but are also displaying ebook readers and tablet devices as well. Their booth is all white, with flowing white canvas pieces hanging from floor to ceiling. From a distance, it reminds me of book pages turning in the breeze.
More to follow, including pictures!