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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 |

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 –

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

LJ/SLJ eBook Summit Summary Articles

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.

Keynote/State:  Dramatic Growth | LJ‘s Second Annual Ebook Survey

School Library Stas:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: More School Libraries Offer Ebooks; Increased Demand, Rise in Circulation

Keynote:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit Panelists Remind Librarians of an Old Creed: Free to All

Academic Panel:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Academic Panel Tackles PDA, Ebook Discovery

Academic Panel:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Making Ebooks Visible at Academic Libraries

Public Library Panel:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Offering Patrons More Than One Delivery Platform

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This is a super long list – so much going on in the past week.

Amazon bites Apple, by Meredith Greene | TeleRead

Ebook sales doubled in July | TeleRead

Digital Public Library of America: Pro and Con

Four Librarians, Four Ereaders, One Month

EPUB 3 Becomes Final IDPF Specification | TeleRead

Peter Brantley on preserving digital copies | TeleRead

The Emergence of the Disposable E-Book Reader — An Inflection Point in Ambient Computing? « The Scholarly Kitchen

Amazon Places Kindle Fire Products In New “Seesaw” Spinoff

Kansas State Librarian Can Transfer Thousands of Titles from OverDrive to 3M at No Charge

Store for safekeeping – DIGITAL PRESERVATION – Research Information

Which format has the cheapest eBooks? (infographic) – eBookNewser

Will the E-Book Kill the Footnote? –

Perseus Creates New Service for Authors Seeking to Self-Publish –

OverDrive: “A Note on Library Patron and Student Privacy” « INFOdocket

Lightening fast interlibrary loan

Authors Guild adds international writers groups to HathiTrust lawsuit; says universities acting as “pirates” | TeleRead

66% of Schoolchildren Never Plan to Give up Paper Books – eBookNewser

Amazon & Google Open eBookstores In France, UK – GalleyCat

Copia releases a free, contextually annotated eBook – Pride and Prejudice

Enhanced eBooks are the future and Copia demonstrates this with their new annotated version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  It’s a free download for the Copia desktop reader.

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.”

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Online textbooks moving into schools – The Washington Post

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

Amazon Kindle Fire: Tablet Product Strategy Done Right | Forrester Blogs

Mental Graffiti: Will Amazon Offer Purchasing and/or Donation Options for Library-Owed E-Books?

Ebook Summit 2011: “Don’t Buy Ebooks”

bepress CEO Thanking Subscribers – full text of letter « INFOdocket

Nottinghamshire library to charge for ebooks | TeleRead

The Pick Your Kindle Flowchart Helps You Decide Which Is the Perfect Kindle for You

iPad-enabled students get performance boost, says ACU study | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Digitizing Community « PW

University Press Scholarship Online launches

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 University Press Scholarship Online launches

Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, and the $79 Kindle

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:

How does Amazon Kindle Fire stack up against competition? – The Washington Post Continue reading Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, and the $79 Kindle

OverDrive Press Release about Kindle lending launch – sites up within days

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 ( 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 OverDrive Press Release about Kindle lending launch – sites up within days

Blio and Axis 360 from Baker & Taylor – an interview with Michael Bills

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

Michaels interview, along with 40+ others are available on the NSR interviews page.