I attended the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and have several updates on eBook vendor offerings, initiatives, and activities. Vendors and initiatives are listed in alphabetical order. This information will also be presented at the ALA TechSource conference wrap-up webinar, held July 8th. The recording of that session is available at http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2013/07/archive-of-the-2013-ala-annual-tech-wrapup.html. I also want to take a moment to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new ALA publication edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic (both NSR contributors). A free preview issue is now available for download.
This post has new content (7/8/2013 2:00 p.m.)
I had a great interview with Heather McCormack, Collection Development Manager for the 3M Cloud Library. Heather knows her authors, genres, publishers, and tools to make collecting ebooks a simple task for libraries. In the interview she discusses 3Ms new tool – CAT (Catalog Acquisition Tool), introduced back in April of 2013, new content at the 3M Clould Library, and the many ebook collections she has developed in her short time at 3M.
Authors for Library Ebooks
ALA launched the Authors for Library Ebooks campaign. The Authors for Library Ebooks campaign is an effort to add the voices of authors to those of librarians and readers calling for equitable access to digital content through libraries. Authors can “sign on” by filling out an online form in support of the initiative. Over 16 authors are currently featured on the site, including Cory Doctorow. Many resources are available for librarians to spread the word in local communities.
B&T added the axisReader application for EPUB and PDF files. The new app is based on the BlueFire app and is available in the iOS and android stores. They also added 29,000 audiobooks for the Acoustik app. A new version of TitleSource 3 is rolling out now – TitleSource 360. eBook and audiobook purchasing and now fully integrated through TitleSource. Finally, APIs are fully integrated for SIRSI-Dynix and TLC. Polaris will begin soon.
BiblioLabs offers two connected platforms to libraries: BiblioBoard Creator and BiblioBoard Library. BiblioBoard Creator is a tool that enables libraries and their patrons to produce sophisticated, multimedia digital exhibits without any software developers. BiblioBoard Library is where these anthologies are published and promoted. Patrons search or browse BiblioBoard to find anthologies rich with unique digital artifacts hand selected by expert curators; then read, view, listen, take notes, bookmark, download, export citations, or go mobile with ease. BiblioBoard provides the ability to affordably add patron access to over 10,000 full text e-books and thousands of pages of primary source material on mobile devices. The same interface can also feature local collections and patron created content.
BiblioLabs has aligned their ecosystem with the Readers First movement which aims to improve e-book access and services for library users. BiblioBoard is accessible via the web, iPad®, Kindle Fire HD®, Nexus 7®, Galaxy Tab®. I held an interview with Mitch Davis, the Founder and Chief Business Officer of Bibliolabs while at the conference. We discussed BiblioBoard and BiblioBoard Creator in detail. Mitch is offering No Shelf Required readers a free 30 day trial.
The username and password will work for both web and tablet device access.
Username: No Shelf
One click to the web: https://library.biblioboard.com/login
For web and tablet access: http://biblioboard.com/product-access/.
Trial Start Date: July 8, 2013
Trial End Date: August 12, 2013
Britannica has a number of new eBook titles for PreK through High School. Several of the titles are bilingual for English and Spanish. Titles support the Common Core Standards and are unlimited use with no annual platform or renewal fees.
400,000 EBSCO ebooks are now available via OASIS, the platform from Coutts Information Services, Ingram Content Group’s academic library company. Users of the OASIS platform can view and select from e-books alongside print books, with no changes to workflows. Billing will also be consolidated.
In addition to the news of adding EBSCO ebooks to the OASIS platform, Ingram had other noteworthy achievements at the conference. I posted about three of the items on NSR – adding 50,000 new titles, color POD, and POD for out-of-copyright National Library of France content.
The Internet Archive has grown and developed exponentially since their founding in 2004. Robert Miller, Global Director of eBooks for the Internet Archive, sent out an email to IA sponsors, partners, and content contributors. It has some really interesting facts, figures, and updates from the IA and Robert was kind enough to let me repost it on NSR in full. I have highlighted some of those remarkable facts and figures in bold in the post.
OdiloTID is a research, service, and software development company, headquartered in Spain. They provide OdiloTK, an ebook lending platform for libraries. They primarily serve Spain and Latin American countries, but they are moving into the US market (will be a registered American company by August) with an office in Miami, FL. Douglas County Libraries recently announced a partnership with Odilo. The partnership was formed to extend and further enrich the Odilo platform with functionality that meets the needs of all libraries across the United States.
Odilo plans to enable libraries to directly negotiate with publishers and reduce their cost of acquisition of digital content (a critical component for the “Douglas County Model” of ebook lending. They will provide integration with all major Integrated Library Management Systems through the use of Robust APIs to create a user friendly interface for patrons.
I met with Rodrigo Rodriguez, President of American and Middle East for OdiloTID to discuss the product. He shared this flowchart (patience, it’s a slow download) of the OdiloTK service with me. One of the differences between Odilo and other eBook aggregators like OverDrive or 3M is the negotiation process. With Odilo, libraries can negotiate the terms of service with publishers, authors, booksellers, or content distributors. All of this is done through OdiloPlace, a cloud based purchasing center for libraries, consortia, or statewide library networks. If negotiating with publishers and content providers is not of interest, libraries can acquire content from the general OdiloPlace, using the established agreements with publishers. Another difference is the price. Odilo plans to operate at a very low margin, offering libraries the greatest discount available for titles.
OdiloTID has a suite of products, all starting with Odilo. Here is a brief description of the products for libraries:
OdiloTK: Ebook lending platform, It can be integrated with a third-party ILS and third-party ebook platforms allowing libraries to expand their catalog and simplify the user experience at the same time.
OdiloPlace: Digital Content Purchasing center for libraries, consortia, or statewide library networks.
OdiloTT: ( ILS + Ebook platform + OdiloPlace) One single service from one single provider for managing both physical books and digital content. This services provides ILS functionality and digital content management fully integrated (including advanced options for administrators). OdiloTT was launched 2 months ago and replaces OdiloGB.
There were several news items from OverDrive this conference. First, they re-launched their Content Reserve collection development portal as OverDrive Marketplace. Marketplace allows access to discover, sample, and buy ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video across all genres. Second, OverDrive showcased their Media Stations. These touch screen based media stations help libraries promote the discovery of electronic collections in a physical space. Users can browse and search the collection, sample titles, and send information to their device for checkout. The media stations are in pilot at the Baltimore, Cuyahoga County, and San Antonio public libraries and will be available for all customers later this year. OverDrive also demonstrated the streaming video capabilities at the booth, another service available to libraries later this year. The videos play right in the browser, opening up access to any device with a modern web browser. Over 15,000 videos are available, including 2,000 “Hollywood” movies, many from Paramount. OverDrive offers over 1 million titles from 2,000+ publishers. They have recently added 100% of Hachette ebook titles.
The acquisition of EBL is now complete. ebrary and EBL held several focus groups at ALA to get feedback on the integration process, still set for completion in 18 months. eBook content is now fully searchable (full text) in the ProQuest databases. Users will be directed to the ebrary interface to interact with the content. On the heels of the production of the Statstical Abstract of the U.S., ProQuest announced the Statistical Abstracts of the World to be launched this summer. It will cover 30+countries. ProQuest celebrated the 75th anniversary of microfilm at the conference. They commemorated it with a comic book telling the story of how microfilm became the gold standard for information preservation. Eugene B. Power is the superhero in the comic book.
Rosen has a variety of new interactive eBook products launching this fall. A list of them, with links for more information, is below. The one I find most intriguing is the Character Strength series. According to the Rosen description, “When looking at predictors of success, researchers have found that certain character strengths reinforce academic success. While a strength like grit gives a student the heart to keep trying, s/he needs zest for the energy to stay the course, and self-control for the focus to make it happen. This series defines each of these essential strengths, explores the interaction between these strengths, and guides readers in discovering and developing these strengths within themselves.”
New interactive eBook programs, available August 2013
- Character Strength In addition to the elementary program, there will be a seven book set for grades 6-8: Teen Character Strength.
- Spotlight on Ancient Civilizations
- Interactive eBooks with Content Creation Tools: Over 170 titles now available. HTML5 editions will be ready January 2014.
- Core Concepts: The Periodic Table, available August, 2013
- Core Concepts: Biology, forthcoming January 2014.
- The Life Skills Toolkit is now complete: Digital Literacy, Financial Literacy, Teen Health & Wellness. Use this link to access all three databases
WorldCat continues to grow in it’s discovery of content from around the world. OCLC has signed new agreements with leading publishers around the world to add more books, e-books, journals, audiovisual materials and databases to WorldCat (A press release highlighting these new contracts is available on NSR) This new content will be integrated into library management workflows and will be discoverable by users through a variety of OCLC services, such as WorldCat Local and WorldCat.org. I’m particularly thrilled to see 3M and Freading on the list for the creation and delivery of WorldCat records.