I attended the American Library Association Conference in late June and was able to speak with a variety of ebook vendors about updates to interfaces, products, and services. Below is a list of vendors with highlights for each. I didn’t make it to every vendor, so if I have left someone off the list or you have information to add, please contact me. Continue reading
BiblioBoard will host the innovative new textbook being created jointly by Liverpool University Press, the University of Liverpool Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University Library. This project, funded by Jisc, seeks to address the question: can a university working as an e-textbook creator and publisher better serve students and promote a more sustainable information environment in higher education? Continue reading
If you are not familiar with BiblioBoard, take a listen to an interview with Mitch Davis, the Founder and CEO of BiblioLabs from July, 2013. Read on the for press release.
BiblioBoard® adds more than 370 new book publishing partners to platform; PatronsFirst™ Library set to expand to over 125,000 eBooks
In advance of the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter conference, BiblioLabs® announces the signing of over 370 additional publishers to its BiblioBoard platform in the last quarter of 2013. This expands BiblioBoard’s digital content by over 125,000 recently published eBooks in addition to tens of thousands of thematically curated photos, documents, sounds, videos and other ephemera already offered by the award-winning platform. Continue reading
ALA’s new eCourse on ebooks starts September 2nd. Well, it’s not exactly new. I taught this four-week course last March and have accepted ALA’s invitation to teach it again this September. On the other hand, it’s not exactly the same class either, since much has changed since I developed the original syllabus in early 2013 — so much, in fact, that the new list of required readings is quite different from the original. While this class still requires no prior knowledge of ebooks and we will again be going over the basics (e.g., formats, reading devices, dominant brands, DRM, purchasing options, etc.), we will also take a closer look at the trends that are currently driving our conversations at conferences and in various online communities. Continue reading
Last week at the ALA conference I held an interview with Mitch Davis, the Founder and Chief Business Officer of Bibliolabs. We discussed BiblioBoard and BiblioBoard Creator in detail. Mitch provided me with a brief description of the products below and is offering a 30 day free trial to any No Shelf Required readers (information below).
Rosen Publishing will be launching a new series of interactive eBooks this August. There are 120 books ranging in subjects that meet the needs of the common core and support transliteracy skills. I spoke with Miriam Gilbert, Director, Rosen Digital and Gina Strazzabosco, Vice President, Rosen Publishing, this past weekend to find out more about the program. Their interview is available on the NSR interviews page.
As libraries worldwide add digital content to complement print materials, Ingram is expanding its e-book offering for libraries with an e-book subscription option for popular Sesame Street e-books.
The Sesame Street e-bookstore subscription on ipage® provides libraries of any size unlimited access to more than 150 read-along, audio, animated and interactive books through their Ingram library account. The online solution can be used with any browser, and e-books can be read on Mac, PC and the iPad®. Libraries set usage rules on each subscription. Continue reading
ONLINE magazine has a new column called Ebook Buzz. The column, written by Sue Polanka, features a discussion of university presses and eBooks. From the text:
“What’s the buzz about? EBook Buzz, ONLINE’s newest column, will discuss and debate the advances of ebooks in libraries and scholarly publishing. EBook Buzz will explore varied topics from a practical perspective, whether celebrating successes, exploring opportunities, or sorting through the challenges of ebook adoption. This inaugural column will explore the transformation to ebooks by university presses.
Academic library monograph budgets tell a bleak story. Discretionary funds and approval plans have slowly decreased, favoring instead subscription products and big deal journal collections. It’s both alarming for librarians to watch and impossible for publishers to ignore. University presses, owners of the academic monograph, are feeling increasingly unsettled in this changing budget landscape. They want to transition to a mixed-model—digital and print—system of content delivery, but they must first overcome a number of challenges.” Continue reading
Here is an interesting example of enhanced ebooks from two Princeton writers. I’m impressed with their generosity. Sales benefit U.S. libraries and literacy projects. The first Scarlet Oak donations will go to three libraries they especially admire: Seattle Public, the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Illinois, and Sinte Gleska University, located on the Rosebud Reservation in Mission, South Dakota.
Here’s more from their press release:
Two Princeton writers have launched Scarlet Oak Press, publishing enhanced e-editions of the classic public-domain texts behind major new films. Designed for book club, library, classroom and family enjoyment, all Scarlet Oak titles are $0.99 via Kindle, and available for lending. Sales benefit U.S. libraries and literacy projects. Continue reading
According to Seth Kaufman, VP of Marketing and Merchandising, “the Copia version offers a glimpse into the future of what an interactive eBook can be, of how educators can teach inside a book, of the possibilities for distance learning.” This new edition features 140 annotations from Professor Susan Fraiman of the University of Virginia. Kaufman also said of the annotated version, “It is also a way to demonstrate how authors and publishers can make old content new again. While it took Fraiman a while to write her commentary, adding the 140 annotations into the eBook took only a few hours, because Copia’s eReader is also a publishing tool that allows anyone to add content.”