School Library Journal has published two recent articles about the eBook market in schools. The first is the “School Ebook Market Directory.” This piece features a snapshot of 19 eBook vendors for school libraries. Some of these include ABC-CLIO, Capstone, Rosen, OverDrive, Gale, StarWalk Kids, and Tumblebooks. The second article is “E. It’s Complicated. How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks.” SLJ talked to academic experts and visited librarians, teachers, and students at two high-performing Illinois high schools: New Trier Township High School in Winnetka and Northfield, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The article is in a Q/A format and discusses topics such as why go digital, will ebooks help kids learn more, who owns and pays for devices, what are the hurdles to adoption, and many more. Both are worth a read.
Great news from Baker & Taylor about a new app (iOS and Android) for direct download of titles to tablet devices. axisReader is another option for Axis patrons and provides ereading solely for EPUB and PDF formats. When patrons use Axis 360, they can choose between B&T’s blio reader or axisReader depending on the format they are downloading. Here’s more from the press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 6, 2013 – Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, has released a new, free application for tablets and smartphones called axisReader, which allows patrons of libraries with the Axis 360 digital media platform to seamlessly discover, checkout and read ebooks in EPUB and PDF formats on their mobile devices. The axisReader will be available alongside the existing Blio ereader, which provides a fully-accessible ereading experience to Axis 360 users. Continue reading
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 25, 2013 – Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, announced that library patrons who use Barnes & Noble’s award-winning NOOK tablets can now borrow and download digital audiobooks directly to their devices using the popular Acoustik audiobook app.
The Acoustik app, now available for free in the NOOK Store™, is powered by Findaway World, LLC, an innovative, industry leader in digital audio technology. The app allows users of NOOK tablet devices, including NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+, to directly download audiobooks and listen instantly to more than 26,000 new release and best-selling backlist audiobook titles from libraries that use Baker & Taylor’s innovative Axis 360 digital media platform. Continue reading
I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports. First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models: A Scorecard for Public Libraries. Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition). The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading
This sounds like a great app for audio files.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – January 17, 2013 – Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, announced the launch of its innovative Acoustik audiobook service for the Axis 360 digital media platform, enabling library patrons to borrow and download digital audiobooks directly to their Apple and Android mobile devices. The free Acoustik audiobook app is powered by Findaway World, LLC, an innovative, industry leader in audiobook distribution.
Acoustik audiobooks provide Axis 360-enabled libraries with instant access to more than 25,000 new release and best-selling backlist audiobook titles, offering a diverse and extensive collection, as well as a simple and convenient way for patrons to download and listen on the go. Continue reading
NSR 2012 Interviews
With 2012 coming to a close, I wanted to take another opportunity to introduce you to the wide array of interviews NSR offered this year. The 2012 interviews highlight innovative new products and services from librarians, publishers, and information professionals, a focus on information literacy and core competencies, and creative business models. I hope you will take some time to listen. Suggestions for 2013 interviews are now being accepted. Please contact Sue Polanka for more information. You may also be interested in reading Mirela Roncevic’s post, E-Content in Libraries, 2012 in review.
From an EBSCO email: As of this week, eBooks are now downloadable from the EBSCOhost mobile site, so users can more easily find eBooks to view offline on mobile devices. eBooks downloading from EBSCOhost Mobile is only available on iOS (Apple) and Android devices. In addition, iPad users see the full version of EBSCOhost and should refer to that eBooks Help page for downloading eBooks.
Seems like everyone is jumping on the Nook app bandwagon. 3M just released their own nook app. The full press release is below, courtesy of DBW.
3M Cloud Library eReading App Now Available Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Apps™ Storefront
NOOK® HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™ users can wirelessly access 3M Cloud Library
The 3M Cloud Library App is now available in Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Apps store, making it easier for owners of NOOK tablets to borrow eBooks from local libraries. Anyone with a NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color can download the 3M Cloud Library App directly from the NOOK Apps storefront, and then transfer digital content wirelessly to their device without having to physically connect to a computer. Continue reading
This new iPad app looks really interesting. Add it as another way to market/discover existing library journal subscriptions. More from the press release:
ST PAUL, MN – September 25, 201 – Third Iron, LLC, a leading library technology company, announced today the release of BrowZine, a new app for the iPad. BrowZine combines articles from databases to create full journals, organizes them on shelves arranged by subject, and delivers a reading experience optimized for the iPad. With BrowZine, users can easily find journals made available by their library, browse titles of interest, and read individual articles or the complete journal. Continue reading
The Handheld Librarian 7 conference will be held virtually next Wednesday and Thursday, August 15th and 16th. On day two, a 2-hour workshop on the state of the eReader is available. More information is below:
State of the eReader: This featured workshop will focus on the legal, ethical, and technical aspects of eReaders. The goal is to give librarians and library staff the broad info they need to help patrons access and manage mobile digital content. Discussion will include examples of effective eReader use in a variety of libraries and tips on creating accessible eBook and eReader collections.
- John Larson, Saint Paul Public Library
- Mary Minow, LibraryLaw.com
- Dawn Nelson, Osseo Area Schools
- Ken Petri, Ohio State University Accessibility Center
Moderator: Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries