The 2nd annual LJ/SLJ eBook Summit held on Wednesday offered some fantastic discussions on the implementation of eBooks in a variety of libraries. Below are links to several articles and blog posts which summarize many of the sessions.
This is a super long list – so much going on in the past week.
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.”
Earlier this year several announcements were made about University Press eBook consortial groups. OUP launched one of those efforts and is now announcing the new platform. It’s based on OUP’s Oxford Scholarship Online product. Here’s more from the press release:
Oxford University Press (OUP) is pleased to announce the creation of a groundbreaking online platform for university press monograph content. Having redeveloped the award-winning Oxford Scholarship Online, OUP is launching University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) and inviting the University Press community to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with the cutting edge search and discovery functionality that has marked the on-going success of Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO). Continue reading
Big news today from Amazon about the forthcoming release of the new Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet to be available on November 15th. In addition to the Fire, Amazon also introduced a touchscreen e-reader called Kindle Touch. It’s black and white with no keyboard and will cost $99 for wi-fi version. Finally, they announced the $79 non-touchscreen Kindle. Plenty of news stories are covering the details. Here is a sampling:
Just received this OverDrive press release in email:
In a move highly anticipated since its initial announcement in April, public libraries and schools in the U.S. can now lend eBooks for the Amazon® Kindle. OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) announced today that it has begun adding Kindle compatibility to all of the U.S. public and school libraries in its network and expects to have all sites updated within days. This is a very significant step in a series of OverDrive WIN platform enhancements to streamline user experience and help libraries meet the increased demand for eBooks.
OverDrive, the leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital content, supplies 15,000 public and school libraries worldwide and more than 11,000 in the U.S. To see if your local library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive Search. Continue reading
Last week I interviewed Michael Bills, Director for Sales, Digital Products, from Baker & Taylor about their eReader software, Blio. Michael discussed the functionality of Blio and discussed Axis 360, a hosting and circulation platform for the Blio reader.
For more information on blio, visit http://www.baker-taylor.com/blio.cfm