Category Archives: Mobile Devices

OverDrive acquires Booki.sh, the developer of a cloud-based ebook platform

Big news from OverDrive and Booki.sh, an Australian ebook company, was announced yesterday in a joint press release.  The cloud based platform for distribution, selling, and reading brings OverDrive content a little closer to the end user.  3M also offers cloud based distribution for ebooks. More from the press release:

OverDrive, Inc., the leading global distributor of ebooks and audiobooks, announced today it has acquired Australian ebook company Booki.sh. Booki.sh is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading popular ebooks from anywhere and on any device with a modern web browser. Booki.sh founders and principals Joseph Pearson, Virginia Murdoch and Peter Haasz will join OverDrive from their existing offices in Melbourne to expand the global distributor’s publishing, library and school initiatives. Continue reading

ebrary releases social media data from Global Student E-book Survey

From a February 21 ebrary press release:

ebrary®, a ProQuest business and leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced that the social media data of its 2011 Global Student E-book Survey is now publicly available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/surveys along with the full report.

Among other key findings, the addendum revealed the following:

  • While 41% of students are currently using social media for research or study, 59% are not.  Reasons for not using social media include that existing sites are not a reliable source of information.
  • When asked if they would use social media to share research with peers, 58% of students indicated “likely” to “very likely,” while 43% stated “unlikely.”
  • 35% students indicated they would “likely” to “very likely” pose a question to a librarian using social media, compared to 45% who would “likely” to “very likely” use social media to pose a question to faculty.
  • When asked if they would use social media to connect with students with similar academic interests, 69% stated “likely” to “very likely,” while 31% stated “unlikely.”

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SAGE Journals now in mobile-optimized format

From a SAGE press release:

Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2012) SAGE’s entire online journal collection is now available in a mobile-optimized format with the help of HighWire Press’ Mobile Web Interface.

Visitors to one of the more than 640 SAGE journal sites using their iPhones, Androids or other smartphones are automatically redirected to the mobile version. Subscribers can now view content in a format designed specifically for the small screen size and functionality of their mobile device. Continue reading

ebrary releases iOS app for eBooks

An ebrary press release on a new app for offline reading of content – for iOS device.  January 20, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – The demand for e-book accessibility, especially on mobile devices, is growing significantly.  In ebrary’s 2011 Global Student E-book Survey, announced today and available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/surveys, 60 percent of respondents indicated that downloading e-books onto mobile devices is “very important” – a 16 percent increase over results from a similar survey that ebrary sponsored in 2008.  In ebrary’s recent Download Survey, librarians marked the iPad® as more important to providing offline access than desktops and laptops. Continue reading

Reference Apps – feature article in Booklist

The January 1, 2012 issue of Booklist features Sue Polanka’s Off The Shelf column on reference apps.  Titled, “Reference- I’ve got an App for That,” the article highlights iOS and Android apps from 7 reference publishers.  Here is an excerpt and list of reference publishers included:

Excerpt: “These days, it seems there’s an app for everything. So it should come as no surprise that several reference publishers are producing apps for Apple- and Android-based tablets and phones. Why should reference publishers develop apps? “Our focus is on helping libraries reach new users where they reside. We believe that one of the most effective ways to do this is through apps,” says Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of marketing for Cengage Learning. Mike Robinson, e-book sales and marketing manager at Oxford University Press, agrees, stating, “Apps represent a means by which people all over the world are using devices to help them. We provide authoritative content to meet people’s reference needs, and it’s important to us to do so in the most useful ways possible.” Gale/Cengage, OUP, and a host of other reference publishers have a variety of apps available.”

Publishers featured include:

  • DK
  • Elsevier
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Gale/Cengage Learning
  • Oxford University Press
  • Wiley
  • World Book

Articles of Interest

Why Might A Publisher Pull Its E-Books From Libraries? by Laura Hazard Owen « INFOdocket
Which E-Books Are Most Borrowed From Libraries, And Why? | paidContent
So you want to start a Kindle lending program | code4lib
How to add public domain books to the Kindle, by Piotr Kowalczyk | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
Kobo has 10x increase in readers over holidays; top ebooks by country | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
Full Text Article: The Evolution of E-books and Interlibrary Loan in Academic Libraries « INFOdocket
Seven Advantages Barnes & Noble Has in the Bookseller Wars | Digital Book World
Barnes & Noble May Spin Off Nook Business
Turn WebPages into Kindle, Epub eBooks with dotEpub – eBookNewser
Baen Webscriptions is now BaenEbooks.com | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
The Association of American Publishers – Publishers Applaud “Research Works Act,”Bipartisan Legislation To End Government Mandates on Private-Sector Scholarly Publishing
My Argument for Public Access to Research Reports « The Scholarly Kitchen
House takes Senate’s bad Internet censorship bill, tries making it worse
More Than a Million eReaders Were Given Away in the UK This Christmas Season – eBookNewser
E-Textbooks Saved Many Students Only $1 – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education
If Libraries Didn’t Exist, Would Publishers Be Trying To Kill Book Lending? | Techdirt

Springer launches mobile app for iOS devices

49,000 eBooks from Springer are now a little more accessible for those with iOS devices.  The new app, available for free in the iTunes App Store, provides access to springerlink.com.  According to the press release, the new mobile app works on the iPhone and iPod Touch.  Nathan Brothers, Springer’s Product Manager for Mobile Application and Platform Development said the app can be used on the iPad in “x2″ compatibility mode.  When asked about a forthcoming Android app, Brothers replied, “In general, Springer will continue to deliver high-quality electronic products and information services – designed to meet the specific needs of researchers and information professionals.” Continue reading

Articles of Interest – What you’ve missed the last two weeks

Many of you have been away on holiday the last two weeks, so here is a list of interesting articles you may have missed:

Go To Hellman: 2011: The Year the eBook Wars Broke Out


Five Big Publishing Stories of 2011 That Will Bleed into 2012 – DigitalBookWorld

Five things we learned about publishing in 2011| O’Reilly Radar

A few future sources of ebook innovation| FutureBook

Kindle Fire On Track For Hundreds Of Impressions TechCrunch

Amazon has over 65,000 ebooks in Kindle Owners Lending Library| publiclibraries.com

Online pirates threaten Kindle profits| Dailymail.co.uk

eReader Shipments Grow 108% in 2011 Mediabistro

How much should an ebook cost? The Domino Project

Seth Godin sees bare-bones future of books thanks to long tail   Teleread

Publishing Insiders Reveal Price-Fixing… The Digital Reader

Parliament looks into UK’s 20% VAT

We must, we must, make VAT dust | FutureBook

UNESCO Launches Global Portal to Track Open Access sspnet.org

Open Educational Resources: The Bridge…EDUCAUSE

Open-Textbook Idea Is Gaining Steam -…Chronicle of Higher Education

A Dialogue on Patron-Driven Acquisitions| Scholarly Kitchen

Articles of Interest – SOPA, Amazon & Local Bookstores, Digital Textbooks

Go To Hellman: Book Lending Ignorance

Go To Hellman: SOPA Could Put Common Library Software in the Soup

More controversy over Amazon price-checking versus independent bookstores | TeleRead

Amazon Doesn’t Care About Your Local Bookstore | Epicenter | Wired.com

Stop Treating $9.99 As The Magic E-Book Price | paidContent

E-Book Readers Face Sticker Shock – WSJ.com

New Mobile Connectivity Options at the Hillsborough Library | NJ.com

Libraries launching Chromebook check-out programs | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad | PCWorld

Kno Giving Away $10 Million in Free eTextbooks — The Digital Shift

The Broader Context of Patron-Driven Acquisitions « The Scholarly Kitchen

Education Department releases new data on academic libraries | Inside Higher Ed -