Seton Hill, a private Catholic University in PA, has found an interesting way to recruit new students – a free iPad and MacBook for incoming first year students in Fall 2010. Called the Griffin Technology Advantage, the program is designed to provide top notch technology to students for 24 hour learning opportunities in order to “think outside of the classroom.” Students will be given a new laptop after 2 years, one they can keep after graduating. Interesting that the announcement made no mention of eBooks or textbooks. Hopefully they are part of the master plan!
OverDrive announced today the public beta release of an audiobook app for Blackberry smartphones. This app enables the wireless download of mp3 audiobooks from over 10,000 libraries, barnesandnoble.com, booksonboard.com, or borders.com. To download the app, visit http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc. The full press release is available on the OverDrive site.
TOC – Augmented Reality and You, Christine Perey, Perey Research and Consulting, Feb. 24
AR is often confused with visual search like google goggles or Nokia point & find, Ricoh iCandy, or kooaba interactive print. (i.e.google goggles, it’s confused b/c a person can take a a picture of a book cover and then the search engine actually brought back results. The publisher didn’t do anything in this instance).
What is AR? Continue reading TOC – Augmented Reality
Tools of Change – Networked, Mobile & Landlocked – Current Ereaders – Feb 22 11:45 – 12:30
Liza Daly and Keith Fahlgren
Requiem for an ebook shopper – consumer perspective on devices available
Liza showed a interesting slide with the interconnectivity (or not) by popular readers, very complicated to buy a book (consumer says, the hell with it, I’ll just buy a movie). We don’t care so much about devices, it’s something that consumers will choose based on their liking. What we should be concerned about is interoperability. Last year it looked like this would happen, but things have really changed. Continue reading Tools of Change – Networked, Mobile and Landlocked, Current Ereaders
Day One, TOC Conference, about 1200 attendees in the North and South Ballrooms of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Good lineup for keynotes this morning including: Peter Collingridge with Enhanced Editions, William Patry with Google, Skip Prichard from Ingram Content Group, Sameer Shariff from Impelsys, and Arianna Huffington from the Huffington Post.
Andrew Savikas, Program Chair started us off with intros.
Highlights are below from each speaker. Continue reading TOC – Tools of Change Keynote Speakers
Selling in Mobile Markets – Rana Sobhany, VP Marketing at Medialits in NYC (firstname.lastname@example.org)
TOC Conference – Monday Feb. 22nd, 9 – 12:30
I came to this session after the morning break, so I missed the first 90 minutes. Rana was a great speaker – lots of stories, examples, and practical information – no death by powerpoint! The notes below are from the last hour of the presentation, which focused on building applications. While this presentation was directed to publishers, the information is pertinent for libraries too. We surely won’t spend $50K to develop an app, nor charge anyone to download, but the marketing, measuring, and testing are all relevant. The very last bullet point is critical for libraries wanting to develop mobile apps. Continue reading Tools of Change – Selling in Mobile Markets (tips for apps)
from an OverDrive Press Release:
OverDrive Audiobook App Now Available in Android™ Market
Android app enables wireless audiobook downloads from libraries and booksellers
Cleveland, OH – February 11, 2010 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of audiobooks and eBooks to libraries and retailers, announced that its audiobook app for Android™ is now out of beta and available as a full release. OverDrive’s audiobook app for Android enables users to wirelessly download MP3 audiobooks from more than 10,000 libraries and major online retailers, including Barnesandnoble.com, BooksOnBoard.com, and Borders.com. Major devices, including DROID™ by Motorola®, DROID Eris™, and Nexus One™, can now be used to access OverDrive-supplied MP3 audiobooks on the go. To install OverDrive® Media Console™ for Android v1.0, visit the Android Market on your device or download directly from http://overdrive.com/software/omc. Continue reading OverDrive Audiobook App Now Available in Android Market
Have you heard about blio reader, the free ebook reader from Baker & Taylor? I got a demo of it last week at the American Library Association conference in Boston. It’s pretty cool, offering full color and audio for any open system – MAC, PC, iPhone, netbook, etc. Blio was developed by a gamer – very cool and wise decision in my opinion. Even children’s books looked and sounded good on this reader. Some cool features I saw included:
- full color
- text 2 speech (TTS) – which sounded pretty good
- track audio down to the word, start reading again at the exact word
- embedded multimedia
- page turning
- highlight word and get a definition
- reflowable text
- change font
- some titles were narrated, depends on publisher
- publishers can edit/control the voice for text 2 speech reading – change gender, tone, speed, etc.
blio will be available for the retail market in February with access to over 1 million free ebooks and a large selection of trade/childrens titles for purchase, through the online bookstore. B & T plans to expand to the library market in the summer of 2010. The website offers a comparison chart of various ereaders. Check it out.
Very cool news from OCLC/NetLibrary. Their e-books are now compatible with the Nook as well as the new SONY Daily Edition (they were already compatible with the 4 versions of SONY Readers). This is a real benefit for libraries who are looking for more e-reader options. It opens up so many potentials for patron downloads and the use of e-readers by libraries (for circulation). I hope to see other aggregators and publishers following suit and (fingers crossed) adding more textbooks to the mix. The press release from OCLC is below.
NetLibrary eBooks compatible with new Barnes & Noble nook, new ony Daily Edition and other popular eBook readers
140,000 eBook titles available for download to portable devices
Continue reading NetLibrary titles compatible with Nook and SONY Daily Edition
From a Gale/Cengage Press Release:
Gale Announces New iPhone Application
Library research? There’s an application for that!
Farmington Hills, Mich., Dec. 16, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of the AccessMyLibrary (AML) mobile application for the iPhone – making access to library research just a click away on a mobile phone. Continue reading Gale Announces New iPhone Application