Last week, ProQuest announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL. I had a chance to interview two of the primary individuals involved in this acquisition, Kari Paulson, President of EBL, and Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President of ProQuest. Kari and Kevin discussed with me how the acquisition plans developed, what customers can expect in the next 18 months, and how customers can relay feedback to both companies.
ProQuest has done it again. Just two years after the acquisition of ebrary, they announced today plans to acquire EBL. EBL, a global ebook aggregator, was founded in 2004 and offers over 300,000 titles in their collection. They have long been a competitor for ebrary, offering similar monograph content to academic and special libraries worldwide.
Library customers of ebrary and EBL can expect business as usual until the conclusion of the approval period. After that however, the tides will change. Responding to specific questions from No Shelf Required, Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President, ProQuest Workflow Solutions, said, “Until the approval period is over, ProQuest/ebrary and EBL will operate as separate companies with their respective content and acquisition models remaining the same. Customers for both companies will not experience any changes at this time. ebrary and EBL shared around 200 publishers, and have most of the big ones in common. There are some publishers that ebrary has and EBL does not and vice versa, so respective customers could potentially gain more content upon the deal closing. After closing the deal, the best features of EBL and ebrary will be combined on a single platform after approximately 18 months. At this point the timeline is a target and is subject to change.” Continue reading
Those of you attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting may want to stop by for a demo of the OverDrive streaming services. The One-Step Checkout (TM) sounds great to me.
Washington Convention Center, Seattle—Jan. 22, 2013—Today OverDrive announced that it will enhance its industry-leading library service platform with streaming video and audio technology. The new services will improve ease of use and device compatibility for OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook and music collections at libraries and schools around the world. OverDrive will demonstrate its streaming technology this weekend (Jan. 25- 28) at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1115. Continue reading
NSR 2012 Interviews
With 2012 coming to a close, I wanted to take another opportunity to introduce you to the wide array of interviews NSR offered this year. The 2012 interviews highlight innovative new products and services from librarians, publishers, and information professionals, a focus on information literacy and core competencies, and creative business models. I hope you will take some time to listen. Suggestions for 2013 interviews are now being accepted. Please contact Sue Polanka for more information. You may also be interested in reading Mirela Roncevic’s post, E-Content in Libraries, 2012 in review.
Boston Public Library
Mark your calendars! On April 18-19, 2013, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will bring together librarians, technologists, creators, innovators, students, government leaders, and others interested in building a national digital library to the Boston Public Library in Boston, MA to celebrate the launch of the DPLA prototype and the conclusion of the two-year planning initiative.
The two-day event will include a brief working day on Thursday, April 18th, followed by a formal reception featuring presentations and a series of interactive exhibits. On Friday, April 19th, the DPLA will convene a focused half-day plenary meeting showcasing the DPLA’s progress and potential.
We hope that you’ll join us for interactive exhibits, the prototype launch, and more!
Further details are forthcoming.
The following are my notes from the NISO eBook Forum Program – End Users Speak: Outcomes from Recent Surveys. Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.
Presented by – Steve Paxhia, President, Beacon Hill Strategic Solutions
3 of the studies presented today are not even published yet. Most of the data shown was within just a few weeks of collection. He summarized 4 reports from thousands of participants, millions of data points. Much of the data was preliminary, so the numbers I list below may change with the final reports. Continue reading
The following are my notes from the presentation – Born accessible: making e-books fully inclusive from day one – held during the NISO- The E-Book Renaissance Part II: Challenges and Opportunities. Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.
- Larry Goldberg, Director, Media Access Group Director at WGBH
- Geoff Freed, Director of Technology Projects and Web Media Standards, The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)
An accessible ebook is not one that just reads the book. It must contain structure, a clear and easy way to navigate the content if you cannot see the screen. Software on the device must speak the screen for you. A screen reader only reads text.
An accessible ebook needs to read structure too like navigation tools (TOC, tables, lists), seek and find, investigate objects and read in a specific order. It needs to allow the user to control the content as well Continue reading
I hope you will join me in attending this virtual conference on Wednesday. There is a great line-up of speakers, panelists, and other events. More info below from LJ/SLJ
WHAT: The Digital Shift: Libraries, eBooks and Beyond, the 3rd annual online summit by Library Journal/School Library Journal, will explore how libraries are navigating the transition from print to digital and integrating “e” into collections, catalogs and classrooms.
This full-day program, including tracks designed specifically for public, academic and school libraries, will feature keynote authors discussing the nature of the evolving ‘book’ in the digital future and programs that take a closer look at the value of libraries in the eBook space and how libraries can assure their users’ access to eBooks. Information will also be shared on product use, practical implementation and how technology is affecting the reading experience. Continue reading
Twice today I received news about crowd sourcing opportunities for two different dictionaries. This one is a contest, with a $2,000 prize. Hopefully it’s just as easy-peasy as the OED project. From the press release:
COPIA OFFERS FIRST EVER INSIDE-THE-EBOOK CONTEST
NEW YORK, September 24—Copia, the unique social eReading platform and web site, today announced the $2,000 Devil’s Dictionary Contest, in which entrants add humorous definitions to the margins of the free Copia edition of the classic book by Ambrose Bierce. The contest, which will be judged by Time humorist and bestselling author Joel Stein, marks the first time note sharing in the margins of a book has been used as the forum for a contest. Continue reading
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is delighted to announce our first Appfest, an informal, open call for both ideas and functional examples of creative and engaging ways to use the content and metadata in the DPLA back-end platform. The first Appfest will take place on November 8-9, 2012, at the Chattanooga Public Library on The 4th Floor. We’ll have access to their new 1 gig wireless internet connection, so anything you build should be smokin’ fast!