Great news from OverDrive about a forthcoming browser-based eBook reader. This should really open up many more ereading alternatives for patrons who don’t have a dedicated eReading device or a tablet. More from the press release:
(Cleveland) – May 30, 2012 – Leading global eBook distributor OverDrive today announced plans to launch later this year a new eBook reading platform, “OverDrive Read.” Based on open standards HTML5 and EPUB, OverDrive Read creates a fresh, direct and immersive reading experience offering significant benefits for publishers, booksellers, libraries and schools. Unlike eBook apps or devices, OverDrive Read enables readers using standard web browsers to enjoy eBooks online and offline without first installing any software or activating their device. OverDrive will demonstrate this new eReading platform at Book Expo America, in New York City, June 5-7, 2012 (Booth #4340), as well as at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 22-25. Continue reading
Read this news on a Teleread post from last week. Libraries who are lending eReaders, what are you doing to accommodate visually impaired patrons? Are you purchasing audiobooks or another type of device that allows text-to-speech functionality? Is that an acceptable solution for the NFB, to have the same content but in a different format?
Here’s more from the press release:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (May 2, 2012): With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia—Denice Brown, Karen Comorato, Patricia Grebloski, and Antoinette Whaley—have filed suit (case number: 12-2373) against the library because they cannot access one of the library’s programs for which they are eligible. Continue reading
Chris Meadows at Teleread has an interesting post about giving eBooks as gifts. In it he references a short CNET video which demonstrates how to send ebooks as gifts through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Libraries, have you tried this? Have you made your email addresses with Amazon and Barnes & Noble available to your patrons who may want to gift you an ebook? Not a bad idea. Here’s more from Chris’ post and a link to the video. Continue reading
Pew Internet and American Life Project has just released the results of a new study - The Rise of E-Reading. From the report tagline:
21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.
by Lee Rainie, Kathryn Zickuhr, Kristen Purcell, Mary Madden and Joanna Brenner
Below are a few of the key findings from the full report:
- A fifth of American adults have read an e-book in the past year and the number of e-book readers grew after a major increase in ownership of e-book reading devices and tablet computers during the holiday gift-giving season.
- The average reader of e-books says she has read 24 books (the mean number) in the past 12 months, compared with an average of 15 books by a non-e-book consumer.
- 30% of those who read e-content say they now spend more time reading, and owners of tablets and e-book readers particularly stand out as reading more now.
- The prevalence of e-book reading is markedly growing, but printed books still dominate the world of book readers.
- E-book reading happens across an array of devices, including smartphones.
- In a head-to-head competition, people prefer e-books to printed books when they want speedy access and portability, but print wins out when people are reading to children and sharing books with others.
Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, Ohio recently announced that every student in Mercy’s Class of 2016 (entering this fall) will be issued their very own iPad as part of the school’s techKNOWLEDGEy program. I am particularly excited to report this news as I am a graduate of Mother of Mercy High School.
The school has done a great deal of research and preparation for the iPad launch. Teachers were issued iPads at the start of this school year, they have run pilot programs with teachers and students, and made use of an iPad cart (30 devices for classroom use). According to their website:
In preparation for our iPad-enhanced techknowledgey program, Mercy has already taken several key steps in preparing for a solid launch in the fall of 2012: Continue reading
It seems as though OverDrive and 3M garner all of the attention when it comes to ebooks for the public library market. So, it’s nice to see Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 in the news this week. Library Journal’s Mike Kelley wrote a fabulously detailed article about the service titled, “With Axis 360, Baker & Taylor Establishes a Foothold in the Ebook Distribution Market.” He provides an overview of the digital media platform, Axis 360 and a glimpse of their reader, blio. It’s definitely worth a look, particularly for small libraries with limited funds for ebooks.
I had the chance to speak with Michael Bills, Director of Sales for Digital Products at Baker & Taylor about Axis 360 and Blio a few months ago. Our audio interview is available as part of the NSR interviews series. Have a listen.