I’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
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
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 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.
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
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!
This reminds me of the population ticker at the Smithsonian in DC - Chitika Labs iPad Stats.
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
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.