Category Archives: Fun and Games

Placing a Hold: Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog

TBX log low rezI’m pleased to present the second in a series of stories written by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox.  His first story, Book Snatching, the most violent act in the history of reading, was posted on NSR a couple of months ago.  It’s worth a read as well.  Thanks for sharing your stories, Yoav.

Placing a Hold
Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog
Yoav Lorch

My library allows us, the patrons, to place up to 10 holds on books. I noticed I used up 9, and not wanting to waste valuable resources I set to place my last hold. Continue reading

Safari Books Online celebrates ten years – infographic

Marydee Ojala  from Online Magazine brought this interesting infographic to my attention.  It’s from Safari Books Online, highlighting their accomplishments from the past ten years.  Check it out here.  Safari now offers access to over 16,000 titles.  For more info, visit:  (http://www.safaribooksonline.com).

Credo Reference Sponsors Build a Bridge to Your Library Contest

Credo Reference is sponsoring a contest to bridge the library to Credo Topic Pages.  Any student, faculty, or staff of a library (not required to be a Credo Reference customer) can submit an entry.  The idea is simple – build a single web page using Credo Topic Pages to point to authoritative sources, images and more.  This video describes the project in more detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFPngz_cBDU

Details are available at http://corp.credoreference.com/contest.

Fun Facts about eBooks

As we prepare for a long holiday weekend here in the States, I thought I’d provide you with some fun facts about eBooks and other electronic content (just in case you need to impress the relatives).  These are things I collected from articles, blog posts, and by contacting vendors directly.  I use these factoids when I do presentations, something to entertain the group during breaks.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

all of the factoids are in the file linked above, but here are a couple of teasers:

  • $519.48 – what you’d spend on ebooks if you bought one per week at $9.99.
  • 167,334 serials titles digitized in HathiTrust
  • 114 million pounds of merchandise shipped by Ingram in 2009
  • 66% of U.S. public libraries offer eBooks

New Articles of Interest

Some things for your weekend reading list:

A Sustainable Future for Open Textbooks? The Flatworld Knowledge Story

E-Texts for All (Even Lucy) | Ebooks and Accessibility

How Does Google Work? Learn How Google Works: Search Engine + AdWords

HOW TO: Self-Publish Anything Online

Newsweek Asks: “Farewell, Libraries?” « ResourceShelf

New Articles of Interest

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

The best is what I watched. Love this library video, a spoof on the Old Spice commercial from BYU, despite no mention of eBooks!

E-books will make up majority of Saint Leo U’s library come fall – Wired Campus

Paper — The Progression of Digital Publishing: Innovation and the E-volution of E-books

E-Textbooks: Barnes & Noble Targets Students with NOOKstudy

E-reader Customers Are Older, College-Educated Users

A Textbook Case for Low-Cost Books – Commentary

NLW Brainteaser Challenge from Credo Reference

Sorry for the delay in posting this, I was on vacation last week.  The contest is still going the entire week, so check it out.

Credo Reference celebrates National Library Week with free access and a prize drawing

Boston and Oxford, (April 6, 2010) – Credo Reference, the award winning online reference library, is pleased to announce its National Library Week Brainteaser Challenge with free access to Credo Unlimited. This week long celebration of 2010 National Library Week (April 11-17) will culminate with a prize-drawing for an Amazon Kindle as well as second and third place prizes. Continue reading

EPUB logo contest

The IDPF is hosting a contest for the design of the EPUB logo.  All individuals, companies, educational institutions and other groups are eligible to submit entries.  Entries must be received by May 7th at 2400 hours.  The winning design will receive $1000 cash and two tickets to attend the IDPF Digital Book 2010 at BEA.  For more information, see the IDPF website.  Thanks to teleread for the tip.