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Califa and Total Boox announce new agreement

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June, 17, 2015 (New York, Tel Aviv) — Total Boox, a revolutionary ebook service for libraries, and Califa, the largest library network in California, are pleased to announce a groundbreaking agreement, which will make Total Boox’s collection of over 40,000 ebooks available to 32 libraries in California, including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Santa Clara Public Libraries. Continue reading Califa and Total Boox announce new agreement

Total Boox brings top travel brands to libraries

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On the heels of its recent agreements with Lonely Planet, Berlitz, and Insight Guides, Total Boox is giving librarians free access to its entire collection this summer. Librarians may sign up for a free trial today and download all ebooks for free through the end of July, enjoying the same benefits as if they were patrons of Total Boox’ customer libraries. Details below. Continue reading Total Boox brings top travel brands to libraries

Landmark agreement between Total Boox and BlueInk Review brings notable self-published books to libraries

May 4, 2015. Denver, CO & New York, NY – BlueInk Review has entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Total Boox, an ebook distributor to libraries, to offer select self-published titles for inclusion in library catalogs nationwide. This represents one of the first serious attempts at integrating vetted self-published titles into the mainstream operations of libraries across the county.

“We are thrilled to be part of this venture, which acknowledges that self-publishing is here to stay and that carefully selected titles deserve a spot in libraries alongside traditionally published books,” said Patti Thorn, a managing partner of BlueInk Review. Continue reading Landmark agreement between Total Boox and BlueInk Review brings notable self-published books to libraries

Total Boox Launches Free Reading Campaign

April 17, 2014 (New York, Tel Aviv) — In honor of National Library Week, Total Boox is making its entire collection of ebooks available for free reading through the end of April, 2015. Anyone with an Android, IOS, and Kindle Fire tablet or an Android phone can read over 35,000 quality titles for free at www.totalboox.com/campaigns/nlw.

Librarians are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity and encourage their patrons to explore the plethora of ebooks that Total Boox offers—from romance, mystery, and literary fiction to self-help, travel, and cooking—at no cost to the patron or the library. Continue reading Total Boox Launches Free Reading Campaign

Rourke Educational Media to unveil a new book series this fall

Rourke Educational Media announced this week it is unveiling a ten-title series of books for students in grades 3-6 this fall. The books will focus “symbols of freedom” (e.g., Statue of Liberty, The White House, etc.) and will be available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook formats. Original press release below. Continue reading Rourke Educational Media to unveil a new book series this fall

SirsiDynix and Total Boox announce partnership

This just in from SirsiDynix. The vendor has announced it has reached an agreement with Total BooX to make its entire catalog available to libraries via SirsiDynix’ eResource Central (eRC). This means that users in participating libraries will be able to discover and access Total BooX’ titles through their library’s catalog with a single click.

Full press release below. Continue reading SirsiDynix and Total Boox announce partnership

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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Gale and Wiley partner, Dummies® titles now available via GVRL

Another day, another partnership in Libraryland. This one will result in the addition of Wiley’s well-known Dummies® series to Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). It also serves to remind us that “reference” continues to blend with “nonfiction” in digital environments. Those days when the word “reference” was synonymous with A-Z, encyclopedias, and dictionaries are behind us. It is safe to predict that the trend of blending “other formats” with traditional reference will continue not just for Gale but for other vendors as well and that GVRL will include many different types of books in the near future.

Press release below. Continue reading Gale and Wiley partner, Dummies® titles now available via GVRL

Total BooX Announces Service Expansion in the United States

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Allegany County (MD), Brazoria County (TX), and The Ferguson Library, Stamford (CT) Join Westchester Library System (NY) To Offer Total BooX Service

May 28, 2014 (New York, Tel Aviv)—Total BooX is pleased to announce the expansion of its service in U.S. libraries, which officially launched in late 2013 with Westchester Library System in New York. Three more libraries will now provide the revolutionary ebook service to their patrons, including Allegany County Library System (ACLS), MD, Brazoria County Library System (BCLS), TX, and The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT.

“Ours is the only platform that allows libraries to pay for the value received, while giving patrons instant and perpetual access. This is a major shift,” said Total BooX Founder Yoav Lorch when the service debuted at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January 2014. Since then, the Israeli company has expanded its operations in the United States to include representatives on the East and West coasts. Continue reading Total BooX Announces Service Expansion in the United States

News-O-Matic, a new educational news app for students

Press4Kids (P4K), a publisher of daily news applications for young readers, released an interesting new educational app for school students last month, News-O-Matic. Geared toward students in elementary and middle schools (ages 7-11), the app is described as the students’ “first daily newspaper” (with five new stories added each day) and it has a lot going for it. Among other things, it allows students to rate articles, ask questions, and submit drawings that relate to the news stories.

See full press release below. For more on the company behind the app and the app itself, visit www.press4kids.com.
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