Category Archives: Mobile Devices

Introducing BrowZine, an iPad app to access library journal subscriptions

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

Handheld Librarian 7 Workshop: State of the eReader

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.

Panelists:

Moderator:  Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries

Content will now be wrapped in software – Digital Book World webinar notes

Digital Book World sponsored a webinar today, “Digital Content:  Where are publishers investing and what challenges will they need to overcome?

  • Speaker:  Marc Rubner, VP of Product Marketing at Innodata Consulting; mrubner at innodata dot com
  • Marc presented the results of an Innodata Survey conducted by Digital Book World in April of 2012.

What stuck with me the most was the phrase, “content will now be wrapped in software.” The overall tone of the webinar suggested that content will continue to be developed for direct to consumer consumption, in small packages, designed for mobile devices.  A couple of additional comments Marc made were that publishers need to repurpose content, repurpose technology, and take control of customer facing technologies.  He felt two big hurdles publishers need to cross with rights management were in global rights management and with libraries and the lending of eBooks. The following are my notes from the webinar.

The Online survey tool details –

  • 366 media execs, sample from DBW subscriber list, conducted April, 2012
  • 31% from adult trade (rest mix of other segments – children’s trade, academic, K-12 education, STM)
  • 54% from smallish organizations
  • 37% larger organizations
  • good mix of executives (29%)  and managers/directors (47%) Continue reading

OverDrive to Provide Streaming Audiobooks to Libraries and Schools

From an OverDrive Press Release:

OverDrive to Provide Streaming Audiobooks to Libraries and Schools — Library and school catalogs to enable instant access to spoken word audio
(Cleveland) – June 13, 2012 – June is Audiobook Month, and leading digital distributor OverDrive announced today that it will update its popular audiobook download services to include new options for readers to instantly “See Book—Hear Book.” Scheduled for launch later this year, streaming audiobooks will be available on a wide range of Internet-connected devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers. This instant-access technology will eliminate long downloads before listening to popular audiobooks from libraries and schools throughout the OverDrive network. The “Listen Now” option will complement the download options already in use with the millions of installed OverDrive Media Console apps on Windows®, Mac®, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, Windows® Phone and BlackBerry®. Continue reading

ebrary launches new Android app

From an ebrary press release:

June 7, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – Less than six months after launching a dedicated iOS app, ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced a new Android™ app that will be freely available on Google Play this summer.  With the increasing popularity of smart phones, tablets, and other devices, researchers will have a more optimized way to discover and use e-books, online and offline, on any Android device in addition to the iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®. Continue reading

National Library Board and Singapore Airlines offer in flight audio books

From InfoDOCKET

 02 May 2012 – Joint Release with National Library Board- Customers on board Singapore Airlines flights can now look forward to a wider selection of audio books on KrisWorld, the Airline’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system, through a collaboration with the National Library Board (NLB). They can relax and enjoy a “good read” while in the air without the hassle of packing their own books or eBook readers.The initial batch of 13 audio books includes all-time favourites such as Dracula by Bram Stoker, Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum and The War Of The Worlds by HG Wells. Customers can unwind during their flights while listening to the narration of these classic tales. (Refer to the Annex for a full list of the titles.) Continue reading

Rise of E-Reading – Pew releases new data on eBooks

Pew Internet and American Life Project has just released the results of a new study - The Rise of E-Reading.  From the report tagline:
21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.
by Lee Rainie, Kathryn Zickuhr, Kristen Purcell, Mary Madden and Joanna Brenner
Below are a few of the key findings from the full report:

  • A fifth of American adults have read an e-book in the past year and the number of e-book readers grew after a major increase in ownership of e-book reading devices and tablet computers during the holiday gift-giving season.
  • The average reader of e-books says she has read 24 books (the mean number) in the past 12 months, compared with an average of 15 books by a non-e-book consumer.
  • 30% of those who read e-content say they now spend more time reading, and owners of tablets and e-book readers particularly stand out as reading more now.
  • The prevalence of e-book reading is markedly growing, but printed books still dominate the world of book readers.
  • E-book reading happens across an array of devices, including smartphones.
  • In a head-to-head competition, people prefer e-books to printed books when they want speedy access and portability, but print wins out when people are reading to children and sharing books with others.

Ingram launches Android App for VitalSource e-textbook platform

From an Ingram Press Release:  As students look for more ways to interact with digital textbooks, they are increasingly turning to smartphones and tablets powered by the Android® operating system. To meet this demand, VitalSource®, the most-used e-textbook platform in the industry today announced the expansion of its mobile footprint with the addition of an e-textbook app for Android.

“We are significantly expanding our mobile capabilities with our new Android app,” said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies Inc. “As a result, more content from the leaders in education publishing will reach more readers worldwide. Every student has a device and/or operating system preference, and we know that Android smart phones and tablets are becoming an important option.” Continue reading

Ohio high school issues iPads for 2012-13 students

Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, Ohio recently announced that every student in Mercy’s Class of 2016 (entering this fall) will be issued their very own iPad as part of the school’s techKNOWLEDGEy program.  I am particularly excited to report this news as I am a graduate of Mother of Mercy High School.

The school has done a great deal of research and preparation for the iPad launch.  Teachers were issued iPads at the start of this school year, they have run pilot programs with teachers and students, and made use of an iPad cart (30 devices for classroom use).  According to their website:

In preparation for our iPad-enhanced techknowledgey program, Mercy has already taken several key steps in preparing for a solid launch in the fall of 2012: Continue reading

Articles of Interest – PLA version

Ebook Talks Continued:  ALA Meets with Distributors – eContent blog

Boopsie Approaches Integration in Its Own Way; New Competitor Emerges at PLA | Digital Shift

Ebook Providers, ILS Vendors Move Rapidly to Remove Friction From E-Lending; OverDrive APIs Coming in April Digital Shift

OverDrive’s Library eReader is Better Than 3M’s Library eReader – The Digital Reader

3M Cloud Library Integrates with Polaris ILS Digital Shift

3M Cloud Library – an Interview with Matt Tempelis from 3M

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