Category Archives: Formats

Articles of Interest

Some numbers on the Kindle owners lending library and KDP – teleread.com

B&N discounting Nooks with periodical subscriptions – marco.org

Barnes & Noble to Offer Nook Discount to Subscribers of 2 publications – nytimes.com

Launching the University Press Content Consortia – wordpress.com

Guggenheim Museum Getting Into eBooks – mediabistro.com

Reddit to Black Itself Out Next Week in Protest of SOPA – theatlantic.com

Ebooks take off over the holidays, says USA Today – teleread.com

Amazon introduces iPad Kindle Store – macworld.com

Brave New World: First Sale Doctrine: Digital Threat or Opportunity – blogspot.com

How Barnes & Noble Can Take a Bite Out of Amazon – sspnet.org

Safari Books Online acquires makers of Ibis Reader – ThreePress Consulting – teleread.com

Ultimate Discovery Engine – publishersweekly.com

Three Library Predictions for 2012 – Andy Woodworth

NISO Releases Updated Draft of SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding – infodocket.com

Kobo has 10x increase in readers over holidays; top ebooks by country – teleread.com

Turn WebPages into Kindle, Epub eBooks with dotEpub – mediabistro.com

My Argument for Public Access to Research Reports – sspnet.org

House takes Senate’s bad Internet censorship bill, tries to make it worse – arstechnica.com

More Than a Million eReaders Were Given Away in the UK This Season – mediabistro.com

Full Text Article: The Evolution of E-books and Interlibrary Loan in Academic Libraries – infodocket.com

Articles of Interest

Why Might A Publisher Pull Its E-Books From Libraries? by Laura Hazard Owen « INFOdocket
Which E-Books Are Most Borrowed From Libraries, And Why? | paidContent
So you want to start a Kindle lending program | code4lib
How to add public domain books to the Kindle, by Piotr Kowalczyk | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
Kobo has 10x increase in readers over holidays; top ebooks by country | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
Full Text Article: The Evolution of E-books and Interlibrary Loan in Academic Libraries « INFOdocket
Seven Advantages Barnes & Noble Has in the Bookseller Wars | Digital Book World
Barnes & Noble May Spin Off Nook Business
Turn WebPages into Kindle, Epub eBooks with dotEpub – eBookNewser
Baen Webscriptions is now BaenEbooks.com | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
The Association of American Publishers – Publishers Applaud “Research Works Act,”Bipartisan Legislation To End Government Mandates on Private-Sector Scholarly Publishing
My Argument for Public Access to Research Reports « The Scholarly Kitchen
House takes Senate’s bad Internet censorship bill, tries making it worse
More Than a Million eReaders Were Given Away in the UK This Christmas Season – eBookNewser
E-Textbooks Saved Many Students Only $1 – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education
If Libraries Didn’t Exist, Would Publishers Be Trying To Kill Book Lending? | Techdirt

Articles of Interest – Public Libraries & OverDrive, DRM, and fixed pricing

The E-book Investigations: Are Publishers And Apple Breaking The Law? | paidContent

FEATURE: Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries

OverDrive Has Different eBook Catalogs for Different Libraries

theanalogdivide » Blog Archive » It’s Not Just Overdrive.

Library Wars: Amazon and Publishers Vie for Control of E-Book Rentals – Peter Osnos – Entertainment – The Atlantic

The Exodus Begins – Kansas Library Consortium Has left OverDrive – The Digital Reader

Leaked Document: Hachette Explains Why Publishers Are Relevant | Digital Book World

Justice Department confirms investigation of e-book industry – latimes.com

BISG Press Release | Official BISG Policy Statement on Best Practices for Identifying Digital Products Now Available

Wisconsin Public Library Consortium » Kindle disclaimer on OverDrive downloads

Amazon Tempts Kindle Self-Publishers With $6 Million Fund

Public Library E-Book Lending Must Change to Survive « Copyright and Technology -

Another View of DRM for Publishers « The Scholarly Kitchen

Publishers’ insistance on DRM allows Amazon to lock them in to its garden | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Why Christmas Day Will Soon Be the Biggest Online Shopping Day Each Year, and Why It Changes Everything | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Follett Digital Reader App coming soon

Great news from Follett.  Their Digital Reader App is coming this winter and will allow mobile access to content.
Here is a brief statement from the Follett website.  Read Follett eBooks anytime, anywhere with the FREE Follett Digital Reading App.

Provide your patrons mobile access to the widest selection of K-12 specific eBooks including picture books, fiction, reference and graphic novels.

Thanks to Anthony Hosmer for the tip on this.

Accessibility and eReaders: functional requirements

eReaders aren’t designed with accessibility in mind. Ken Petri, Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, contributed a chapter about eBook accessibility to the forthcoming No Shelf Required 2:  Use and Management of Ebooks title from ALA Editions.  Due to the need for currency of this topic, Ken has posted some material on a website.  This information includes:

Ken was interviewed by No Shelf Required back in October of 2010. The post about the interview contains links to many resources.

Kindle Lending Library launches with 5,000 titles

The rumored news of Kindle offering a lending library has come to fruition.  Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy from INFODocket shared this post this morning and gave me permission to repost in full.  INFODocket posts all type of in-depth industry news and reports, so check them out for more than eBooks. @INFODocket

UPDATE: Paul Biba at TeleRead has posted a breakdown of the titles (by category) currently available from the Kindle Lending Library.

The rumored Kindle eBook lending service is real and is now live. It will  add a new variable as libraries rethink their roles, collection building, eBook services for libraries, and many other issues.

First, some fast facts and links and then a few comments on first learning and digesting the news. As you’ll see there are a number of restrictions and limitations as of today. Of course, if this initial launch is successful, this will very likely change.

Fast Facts (As of Today):

  • The Kindle Lending Library is ONLY Available to Those Who Own a Kindle Device AND Subscribe to the Amazon Prime Service
  • The Service is Only Available for U.S. Customers
  • None of the Six Largest U.S. Publishers are Participating
  • Books Can Be Read on Multiple Kindle Devices, as Long as They’re Registered to the Same Eligible Account
  • Books CANNOT Be Read on Kindle Reading Apps (Android, iOS, PC, Mac, etc.)
  • One Book Can be Borrowed at a Time, and There are No Due Dates
  • You Can Borrow a New Book as Frequently as Once a Month, Directly on a Registered Kindle Device, and You Will Be Prompted to Return the Book That You are Currently Borrowing
  • If You Have Already Borrowed a Book in that Calendar month, You are Not Yet Eligible to Borrow a New Book Until the Next Calendar Month.  There is No “Roll-Over” or Accrual of Unused Borrowing Eligibility
  • Bookmarks, Notes, and Highlights are All Available on Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Titles, and Will be Saved to your Amazon.com Account  If You Borrow Again or Purchase the Book in the Future, Your Notes and Highlights Will be Available for You
  • A Few of Titles Available at Launch Continue reading

ebrary now offering eBook downloads

Great news from ebrary about the ability to download eBook content to devices.  ebrary conducted a study early this year about downloading capabilities.  The results of this study discovered that 92% of libraries found offline access to be more or equally important to online access.  Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing discussed the survey results during an interview in June.  Here’s more from the ebrary press release about the new download functionality:

To further provide researchers with access to authoritative information whenever and wherever they need it, ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced the ability to download e-books onto multiple devices including the Kindle, iPad, iPhone, laptops and other devices.  Additionally, the company announced a dedicated mobile application is in development and slated to ship later this year. Continue reading

Articles of Interest

E-Factor: How E-books Are Making an Impact in Libraries, by Sue Polanka | Booklist Online

E-book acquisition based on use and demand could save libraries thousands | Inside Higher Ed

IL2011: E-Book Preservation | Spinstah

Pew Research Center releases study on tablets and news reading | TeleRead

Encyclopedia Britannica releases iPad app | TeleRead

Dan Cohen’s Digital Humanities Blog: The Digital Public Library of America: First Things First

Go To Hellman: The DPLA Muster

Getting Real About the Digital Public Library of America

Kindle Format 8 is On the Way | ALA TechSource

Copyright Office Announces 17 Policy Priorities

Articles of Interest – Amazon, OverDrive, and Public Libraries edition

Amazon, Overdrive, and Other Reasons to Be Pissed

Libraries Got Screwed by Amazon and Overdrive | Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton

Public Library eBooks on the Amazon Kindle – We Got Screwed | Librarian by Day

Librarians Weigh Kindle Ebook Lending against Reader Privacy | American Libraries Magazine

Kansas Leading the Fight for Fair Ebook Access in Libraries

Articles of Interest

Nuvem De Livros, New Ebook Online Brazilian Virtual Library | eBookanoid.com

E-Readers Gaining in Popularity (Infographic) | Kindle, iPad & Nook | Electronic Reading Devices | LiveScience

Liberal whingers are wrong – we should shut our libraries – Telegraph

Digital Public Library of America » Blog Archive » Digital Public Library of America and Europeana Announce Collaboration

14,000 DRM-Free Project MUSE Ebooks To Go Live in January

Amazon Rewrites the Rules of Book Publishing – NYTimes.com

How Amazon Makes Money From The Kindle

T. Scott: The Economics of Open Access

The Shrinking Orphan Works Problem « The Scholarly Kitchen

Information or Artifact: Digitizing a Book, Part 1 « The Signal: Digital Preservation

Kobo’s $199 Tablet ‘Kobo Vox’ Is On Sale – eBookNewser