Knowledge Unlatched released a pilot progress report summary today. It is available for download. Some highlights of the report are listed below.
1. The model is cost-effective and financially viable:
“The Pilot established that authors, librarians, publishers and research funders are all willing to engage with the basic KU model. It also demonstrated that the model is cost-effective for scholarly communities and financially viable for publishers. 297 libraries from 24 countries signed up for the Pilot Collection, exceeding the original target by almost 50%. This reduced the cost for every library Continue reading
Below is a press release from Gale discussing the recent changes to the Kids InfoBits database. New interface features include:
- Social media sharing
- EasyBib integration and improved citation tools
- Text translation to 12 different languages
- ReadSpeaker text-to-speech functionality (which plays translated text)
Just received an email from Valerie Yaw at JSTOR with great news for libraries using GOBI. You can now purchase JSTOR ebooks through GOBI. Valerie said that both a single-user model and unlimited-user model (available for 60% of titles) are available through GOBI. The unlimited-user model offers unlimited simultaneous use, unlimited DRM-free chapter downloads, and unlimited printing and copy/paste. Libraries will need to sign JSTOR’s participation agreement for Books, available on their website here: http://about.jstor.org/agreements-riders. They offer tiered savings to libraries, and once they have an agreement on file, the library will see pricing in GOBI that reflects their savings level. Continue reading
Berlin/Philadelphia, 21 May 2014 – The University of Pennsylvania Press (Penn Press) has signed a contract granting De Gruyter global distribution rights to its electronic products. This transatlantic partnership will expand the international reach of Penn Press while also strengthening De Gruyter’s portfolio with a range of premier academic publications. Continue reading
BOSTON — The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) have partnered with DPLA by contributing more than 390,000 items, including antique maps, rare books, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, newspapers, and research publications. All will become accessible to DPLA’s global audience of students, teachers, scholars, developers, and the public. Continue reading
OverDrive announced today that eBooks from more than 20,000 schools and libraries in its U.S. network are available to be used with Amazon’s Kindle FreeTime. OverDrive is the only supplier of eBooks to schools and libraries with support for Kindle devices. This enables kids and parents to access thousands of Kindle format eBooks from the library and read them within the FreeTime feature using the same parental controls and educational goal-setting that FreeTime offers for other activities. Continue reading
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 12, 2014 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, today announced an expansion of its widely-adopted Axis 360 digital media services into Canadian libraries, in partnership with well-known library service provider Whitehots Inc. Continue reading
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
DUBLIN, Ohio, April 16, 2014—OCLC is working with Ingram, one of the world’s largest distributors of physical and digital content, to set and maintain holdings for e-books in WorldCat automatically, saving library staff valuable time and effort.
This new program enables libraries with an OCLC cataloging subscription and an account with MyiLibrary®, Ingram’s online e-content platform for libraries, to request integration of their MyiLibrary e-book holdings information with the WorldCat knowledge base. E-book holdings information will then be populated and updated automatically, with no need for manual work by library staff. Continue reading
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) and partner the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) were awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant of $209,460 for their project proposal, “eVoke 2.0: Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project” in October 2013.
The project team, consisting of staff from DCL and CLiC, felt that the ever-increasing use of e-books and e-readers demands that libraries become strong players in digital content delivery to remain vital and relevant to the communities they serve. Continue reading