Category Archives: Formats

Sony’s new 6″ Reader Wi-Fi to offer wireless connectivity to public library systems

From PR Newswire, August 31st:

Sony today announced the launch of the lightest touch screen 6″ eReader device ever, Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1), providing the most natural and immersive reading experience yet for book lovers. The new Reader Wi-Fi builds on the popularity of last year’s line, while reducing size and weight and incorporating new and enhanced features. At under 6 ounces and with a 6″ E-Ink® Pearl V220 touch screen, Reader Wi-Fi is smaller than an average paperback book, can easily fit into a bag or pocket and is available in three color choices: black, red or white.

As part of Sony’s continued effort to support the Public Library System, Reader Wi-Fi will also be the first eReader to offer wireless connectivity to the public library system in the US and Canada via a dedicated icon on the device to allow easy and convenient borrowing of free e-books with a valid library card. Readers can access and download over 2.5 million titles via a Wi-Fi connection from Reader Store or shop from a wide range of bookstores and other websites that provide books in digital formats compatible with Reader Wi-Fi, such as EPUB, PDF and TXT. Continue reading

Ungluing eBooks – creative commons licensed eBooks

Eric Hellman has a new blog post on his Go To Hellman site with updates on his new project to support open access eBooks– Unglue.it (or unglueit.com).

From the post: For readers new to this blog, “ungluing ebooks” is what I’m calling the process of raising money to make creative-commons licensed ebook editions of the books that you love, so that everyone, everywhere can read them. You betcha…We’re developing the Unglue.it website on the Amazon cloud; in addition to the four full time Gluejar staff, we have three design and development contractors working on its construction. It’s a great team, but we’re still figuring out how to make our virtual office work. Even when Irene knocks out our power.  Our prototype is using the PayPal payment processing infrastructure, various bibliographic web services, and the Django web application framework. Right now, it looks like we’ll hit alpha in October. Continue reading

Articles of Interest

Amazon Student app lets students buy and resell textbooks, other items | TeleRead

The Centered Librarian: Readable college textbooks on Facebook

GenCon panel: Michael Stackpole on self-publishing in a post-paper world | TeleRead

Will print and ebook publishers ultimately be doing the same books? – The Shatzkin Files

Kno Taking Electronic Textbooks to Web, Facebook – Ina Fried – Mobile – AllThingsD

The Ticklish Problem of Pricing E-books for Libraries ” The …

Prezi on downloading OverDrive eBooks

Adult Learners, Libraries, and Digital Literacy – One family’s experience with eReaders

Stage Five Book Publishing

Open Educational Resources (OER) Background and Action Report for Bilateral and Multilateral Agencies project.

Articles of Interest

Vook Explains Why $3, $4, or even $9.99 Isn’t Always the Best Price for an eBook – eBookNewser

Do e-Textbooks Help Students Save Money?

E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital — Campus Technology

Time for book publishers to fight dirty – chicagotribune.com

Inkling Raises $17M for Digital Textbooks – Liz Gannes – Media – AllThingsD

Internet Public Library – eReader Resources

Project MUSE® – Project MUSE E-Mail Announcement Archive

Many people really don’t know what to do with ebooks | Christina’s LIS Rant

This Is Why We’ll Never Have Innovative E-Books | Epicenter | Wired.com

Why Did Facebook Buy an e-Book Publisher? – NYTimes.com

Ebooks now 15% of Simon & Schuster revenue – The Digital Reader

Mass Digitization: Aptara Digitizing 730,000 Pages of Content for SAGE’s New eBook Platform” « INFOdocket

The Good, the Bad, and the Sexy: Our Espresso Book Machine Experience « The Scholarly Kitchen

Kobo found a way around Apple’s rules – The Digital Reader

Direct-to-consumer – it’s the way to go | FutureBook

More signs that Sony is about to launch a new ereader model | TeleRead

British Library’s 19th Century Historical Collection App now offers 45K titles

This was announced back in June but the collection has grown significantly since that date.  It now includes 45K titles, up from 19K.  Here is more from the press release:

BiblioLabs, LLC and the British Library have launched their British Library 19th Century Historical Collection App for iPad – now available on the App Store. The App was announced in June with an initial offering of a thousand 19th century books – it now makes some 45,000 titles available to subscribers, expanding to over 60,000 titles by the end of the year.

For just £1.99 a month in the UK [$2.99 a month, US and rest of the world] users will be able to explore historical and antiquarian books that range from classic novels to original accounts by Victorian travellers, and from science and exploration to poetry, memoir and military history. Continue reading

Articles of Interest

O’Reilly publishes unfinished book, plans to raise price as it nears completion | TeleRead

E-Reading Application Showdown, Part 2: Typography | Digital Book World

Report: Amazon To Use Two-Finger Touchscreen To Keep Tablet Competitive With The iPad | TechCrunch

Sony Preparing New E-Book Reader to Challenge Amazon – Bloomberg

E-Books – Things of interest to a medical librarian. – Krafty Librarian

Why We Won’t Purchase More Kindles at The Unquiet Library « The Unquiet Librarian

Learn About “The SF Gateway” and Plans to Make Out-of-Print Science Fiction Available as eBooks « INFOdocket

“I’m sorry, but I can’t help you…” E-only works create challenges for serving patrons | District Dispatch

eBook Ecosystem 2016: State of the Art, Five Years On – Summary of Program

Ebook Ecosystem 2016: State of the Art, Five Years On

For the second consecutive year, YBP sponsored a special meeting of academic library consortia and publishers at the ALA Annual Conference.  They invited select representatives of each community to discuss the special issues regarding the creation, distribution, models and formats of ebooks in consortia.   Below is a summary of the presentations and discussion from the program.  Mark Kendall and Ann-Marie Breaux from YBP took notes, other commentary is from Michael Zeoli.

Patron-Driven Acquisitions have exploded and many consortia have organized pilot programs; there have been many developments among publishers in terms of making front list titles available electronically and offering new collection options; and the vendors have been developing in tandem with libraries and publishers to support new collecting channels and services, integrating these with traditional ones. Continue reading

SciVerse adds text-to-speech application, iSpeech Audio Reader

Great news from Elsevier about the new iSpeech Audio Reader application which instantly converts  any full-text article within ScienceDirect into a natural sounding voice file.  We see a lot of these mp3 files used for auditory learners, students with disabilities, and foreign language learners at my institution. More from the press release below:

Elsevier, a world leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the availability of an audio reader application from iSpeech, provider of cloud-based speech technology and mobile apps, on SciVerse Applications beta. The iSpeech Audio Reader is the latest in a growing list of applications enhancing the use of SciVerse ScienceDirect content to improve researchers’ workflows.

The iSpeech Audio Reader text-to-speech application instantly converts any full-text article within SciVerse ScienceDirect, the world’s largest source of peer-reviewed scientific content containing more than 10 million articles, into a natural sounding voice file. It enables researchers to easily convert articles into MP3 audio files and listen to them on any MP3-friendly device. Continue reading

Articles of Interest

Textbook Rentals Come to the Kindle: Probably Not a Money-Saver

E-books, Young Professionals, and Reinventing ALA | American Libraries Magazine

Amazon confirms Harry Potter e-books to be available for Kindle | TeleRead

Library of Alexandria makes 19,000 titles available on the Espresso Book Machine | TeleRead

Borders’ liquidation: Winners and losers – The Week

Japanese company shows off ebook vending machine | TeleRead

“School Libraries: What Next?” Ebook Project – Virtual Dave

Don’t blame ebooks for Borders’ demise | TeleRead

LJ And SLJ Announce Keynoter for Virtual Conference on Ebooks | The Digital Shift

Judge pressures writers, Google to settle books case – The Globe and Mail

What Borders Closure Means To Your Kobo Account – eBookNewser

Ebooks and libraries – a missed opportunity to evolve – FUMSI Article

Articles of Interest – ALA Annual eBook Wrap-up version

Archive of the 2011 ALA Annual Tech Wrapup | ALA TechSource

Ebook Developments Were HOT at ALA – Information Today

eBook Tip Sheets – ALA OITP – Anne Behler

eBook FAQs. 36 Most Common Questions Answered by the OITP eBook Task Force | Librarian by Day

Go To Hellman: 3M’s eBook Cloud Library Didn’t Come Out of Nowhere!

Ebook Vendors at #ALA11 | David Lee King

ALA and post ALA eBook News Wrap Up #ala11 | Librarian by Day

ALA Annual 2011: Ebooks: New Strategy Required, Now | In the Bookroom

ALA Annual 2011: Louisiana Deep-Fried Angst | In the Bookroom