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.
Big news from OverDrive and Booki.sh, an Australian ebook company, was announced yesterday in a joint press release. The cloud based platform for distribution, selling, and reading brings OverDrive content a little closer to the end user. 3M also offers cloud based distribution for ebooks. More from the press release:
OverDrive, Inc., the leading global distributor of ebooks and audiobooks, announced today it has acquired Australian ebook company Booki.sh. Booki.sh is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading popular ebooks from anywhere and on any device with a modern web browser. Booki.sh founders and principals Joseph Pearson, Virginia Murdoch and Peter Haasz will join OverDrive from their existing offices in Melbourne to expand the global distributor’s publishing, library and school initiatives. Continue reading
Last week while roaming the exhibit hall at the ALAMW conference in Dallas, Texas, I discovered Mediasurfer. Mediasurfer offers self-checkout machines for iPads (and other tablet devices in the near future). Users swipe a library card to borrow the iPad. Upon return, the devices are returned to original settings.
If you’d like to know more about Mediasurfer, listen to the interview with Gary Kirk, President of Mediasurfer, and Jim Nelson, COO of Mediasurfer. They provide many more details on the software, hardware, and services offered.
An ebrary press release on a new app for offline reading of content – for iOS device. January 20, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – The demand for e-book accessibility, especially on mobile devices, is growing significantly. In ebrary’s 2011 Global Student E-book Survey, announced today and available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/surveys, 60 percent of respondents indicated that downloading e-books onto mobile devices is “very important” – a 16 percent increase over results from a similar survey that ebrary sponsored in 2008. In ebrary’s recent Download Survey, librarians marked the iPad® as more important to providing offline access than desktops and laptops. Continue reading
Below is a summary of various news articles and related Apple sites discussing the Apple announcement today about digital textbooks.
General news articles:
ebrary has done a number of survey’s over the years. They recently released the results of their 2011 survey of librarians regarding mobile and offline access. The results are available (registration required) at http://www.tfaforms.com/222151. Last June, I interviewed Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing at ebrary about the download survey and ebrary’s new PDA program. Feel free to have a listen.
According to the ebrary press release, “Among other key findings, the survey revealed that 92% of librarians find providing offline access to e-books more or equally important than providing online access.” Continue reading