Category Archives: Ebook Readers

End Users Speak: Outcomes from Recent Surveys, from the NISO eBook Forum

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

Creating Accessible E-books: Summary of NISO program

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.

Presenters:

  • 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

Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform now offers EPUB and PDF formats for compatible ereaders

Great news from Baker and Taylor.  The blio platform is quite nice, but downloading to one’s personal device in EPUB or PDF is another great addition to the service.  From the press release:

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 8, 2012 – Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment, today released an upgrade to its popular Axis 360 digital media platform. New options allow library patrons to check out ebooks on ereaders compatible with EPUB and PDF formats, such as NOOK, Sony Reader and Kobo devices.

With Axis 360, library patrons can now use virtually any of the top multi-function phones, tablets and ereader devices to find, check out and read digital titles from their local library. Patrons can select the ebook format that works best for them – EPUB or PDF formats, or Blio, the fully-accessible, free ereader app that offers rich features and content, and is available on Apple iOS, Android and Windows devices. Continue reading

3M Cloud Library eReading App now available for Nook

Seems like everyone is jumping on the Nook app bandwagon. 3M just released their own nook app.  The full press release is below, courtesy of DBW.

3M Cloud Library eReading App Now Available Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Apps™ Storefront
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NOOK® HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™ users can wirelessly access 3M Cloud Library

The 3M Cloud Library App is now available in Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Apps store, making it easier for owners of NOOK tablets to borrow eBooks from local libraries. Anyone with a NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color can download the 3M Cloud Library App directly from the NOOK Apps storefront, and then transfer digital content wirelessly to their device without having to physically connect to a computer. Continue reading

Handheld Librarian 7 Workshop: State of the eReader

The Handheld Librarian 7 conference will be held virtually next Wednesday and Thursday, August 15th and 16th.  On day two, a 2-hour workshop on the state of the eReader is available. More information is below:

State of the eReader:  This featured workshop will focus on the legal, ethical, and technical aspects of eReaders. The goal is to give librarians and library staff the broad info they need to help patrons access and manage mobile digital content. Discussion will include examples of effective eReader use in a variety of libraries and tips on creating accessible eBook and eReader collections.

Panelists:

Moderator:  Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries

SEFLIN Virtual Conference- eBooks: Benefits, challenges and the future

Here is some information on the SEFLIN virtual conference on eBooks, September 21st.
Join us for an exciting one-day online conference as five nationally- and internationally-known speakers discuss wide-ranging aspects of the growing impact of eBooks on libraries. Brought to you by the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN).
eBooks: Benefits, Challenges, and the Future – Virtual Conference
Sep 21, 2012 10:00am – Sep 21, 2012 04:00pm
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
10:00 AM Frankenbooks and the Future of eBooks: An Ongoing Challenge – Stephen Abram (Gale-Cengage Learning)
11:00 AM Getting the Most from Your eBook Readers: Tips and Tricks – Chad Mairn (Novare Library Services)
12:00 PM The Shift to Digital – New Models for Course Distribution – Nik Osborne, J.D. (Indiana University)
1:00 PM ———– Break for Lunch ———–
2:00 PM Collection Development for eBooks – Jamie LaRue (Douglas County Libraries, Colorado)
3:00 PM eBook Licensing and Access: Now and the Future – Sue Polanka (Wright State University)

ALA OITP releases backgrounder document on eBooks and libraries

reprinted from the District Dispatch:

As part of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy’s work with the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, several member leaders have requested we develop and distribute communications resources that will support local libraries around digital content issues.

Today OITP released the first of these documents, a backgrounder (pdf) that shares some highlights from the newest Pew Research Center report on “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books,” along with some possible messaging and local angles for leveraging this new research with local media and decision makers.

Among the report’s key findings referenced in the backgrounder:

  • 12% of e-book readers have borrowed an e-book from their library
  • 62% of people don’t know they can borrow e-books from their library
  • 69% of people report the library is important to them and their family
  • Many people would like to learn more about borrowing e-books
  • E-book borrowers appreciate the selection of e-books at their local library, but they often encounter difficulty borrowing Continue reading

OverDrive announces Next Generation eBook and audiobook service

OverDrive’s Next Generation eBook Service to Extend Value of Digital Libraries

(Anaheim, Calif.) – American Library Association Annual Conference – June 21, 2012 – As the nation’s librarians convene this week in Anaheim, Calif., OverDrive will present its Next Generation eBook and audiobook service for libraries and schools, further extending the value of digital collections everywhere. In response to feedback gathered throughout its network of 18,000 libraries and schools, the distributor of eBooks and other digital media is rolling out new features and updates that prioritize ease of use, on demand access across mobile and desktop platforms, and integration with library discovery tools. OverDrive will showcase its Next Generation digital library service throughout the American Library Association Annual Conference (Booth #1362) in Anaheim, June 21 to 26. Continue reading

Content will now be wrapped in software – Digital Book World webinar notes

Digital Book World sponsored a webinar today, “Digital Content:  Where are publishers investing and what challenges will they need to overcome?

  • Speaker:  Marc Rubner, VP of Product Marketing at Innodata Consulting; mrubner at innodata dot com
  • Marc presented the results of an Innodata Survey conducted by Digital Book World in April of 2012.

What stuck with me the most was the phrase, “content will now be wrapped in software.” The overall tone of the webinar suggested that content will continue to be developed for direct to consumer consumption, in small packages, designed for mobile devices.  A couple of additional comments Marc made were that publishers need to repurpose content, repurpose technology, and take control of customer facing technologies.  He felt two big hurdles publishers need to cross with rights management were in global rights management and with libraries and the lending of eBooks. The following are my notes from the webinar.

The Online survey tool details -

  • 366 media execs, sample from DBW subscriber list, conducted April, 2012
  • 31% from adult trade (rest mix of other segments – children’s trade, academic, K-12 education, STM)
  • 54% from smallish organizations
  • 37% larger organizations
  • good mix of executives (29%)  and managers/directors (47%) Continue reading