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
Many of you have been away on holiday the last two weeks, so here is a list of interesting articles you may have missed:
eReader Shipments Grow 108% in 2011 Mediabistro
How much should an ebook cost? The Domino Project
Publishing Insiders Reveal Price-Fixing… The Digital Reader
Open-Textbook Idea Is Gaining Steam -…Chronicle of Higher Education
ebrary has done a number of survey’s over the years. They recently released the results of their 2011 survey of librarians regarding mobile and offline access. The results are available (registration required) at http://www.tfaforms.com/222151. Last June, I interviewed Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing at ebrary about the download survey and ebrary’s new PDA program. Feel free to have a listen.
According to the ebrary press release, “Among other key findings, the survey revealed that 92% of librarians find providing offline access to e-books more or equally important than providing online access.” Continue reading
Great news from Follett. Their Digital Reader App is coming this winter and will allow mobile access to content.
Here is a brief statement from the Follett website. Read Follett eBooks anytime, anywhere with the FREE Follett Digital Reading App.
Provide your patrons mobile access to the widest selection of K-12 specific eBooks including picture books, fiction, reference and graphic novels.
Thanks to Anthony Hosmer for the tip on this.
The November, 2011 issue of Against the Grain focuses on the e-everything future. Edited by Audrey Powers from the University of South Florida, the issue discusses e-content procurement, access models and technology, content integration, first sale doctrine, and much more. It’s a great line-up of contributors and topics. The table of contents should be posted on their site very soon here: http://www.against-the-grain.com/toc/
Many of the contributors were also part of the E-Everything pre-conference during the Charleston Conference in early November. Archived versions of the pre-conference presentation will be available on Against the Grain and Libraries Thriving sites.
Big news today from Amazon about the forthcoming release of the new Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet to be available on November 15th. In addition to the Fire, Amazon also introduced a touchscreen e-reader called Kindle Touch. It’s black and white with no keyboard and will cost $99 for wi-fi version. Finally, they announced the $79 non-touchscreen Kindle. Plenty of news stories are covering the details. Here is a sampling:
From PR Newswire, August 31st:
Sony today announced the launch of the lightest touch screen 6″ eReader device ever, Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1), providing the most natural and immersive reading experience yet for book lovers. The new Reader Wi-Fi builds on the popularity of last year’s line, while reducing size and weight and incorporating new and enhanced features. At under 6 ounces and with a 6″ E-Ink® Pearl V220 touch screen, Reader Wi-Fi is smaller than an average paperback book, can easily fit into a bag or pocket and is available in three color choices: black, red or white.
As part of Sony’s continued effort to support the Public Library System, Reader Wi-Fi will also be the first eReader to offer wireless connectivity to the public library system in the US and Canada via a dedicated icon on the device to allow easy and convenient borrowing of free e-books with a valid library card. Readers can access and download over 2.5 million titles via a Wi-Fi connection from Reader Store or shop from a wide range of bookstores and other websites that provide books in digital formats compatible with Reader Wi-Fi, such as EPUB, PDF and TXT. Continue reading
The Blio reader is now available for android devices. The download is not yet listed on the blio site, I picked this one up via an email message.