I made a mistake with my original post, the date is September 10th!
Portico is sponsoring a webinar on eBook preservation on September 10th. Info and registration info here:
What will it take to ensure long-term access to e-books?
Join us for a 45-minute webinar on e-book preservation. Amy Kirchhoff, Portico archive product manager and co-author of “Preserving E-books,” a new Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) TechWatch report, will answer the above question and will discuss other current developments and issues in e-books. Continue reading
Over 50,000 Titles Now Available through the E-dition Program
Berlin/Cologne/Vienna, 2 June 2014 – The academic press Böhlau Verlag, which has been a publisher partner of De Gruyter since 2013, is making its entire backlist available through De Gruyter’s e-dition program. Over 7,000 works that originally appeared between 1945 and 2009 are now available as eBook-on-demand (EOD) or print-on-demand (POD). The digitalization of Böhlau’s frontlist (titles from 2010 to present) was completed last year. Continue reading
Knowledge Unlatched and Portico have entered into an agreement to preserve Knowledge Unlatched’s Pilot Collection of Open Access e-books in the Portico Archive.
“We want to ensure libraries that this content will be available to researchers and students for the long term,” stated Frances Pinter, executive director, Knowledge Unlatched. “To that end, we are delighted to offer preservation of these books in Portico.”
The Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection includes 28 new books from 13 recognized scholarly publishers: Amsterdam University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Brill, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Duke University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Liverpool University Press, Manchester University Press, Purdue University Press, Rutgers University Press, Temple University Press, and University of Michigan Press. Continue reading
The Cleveland Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and Toledo-Lucas County Public Library were recently awarded a combined total of $508,457 in federal LSTA funds from the State Library of Ohio, matched with $251,964 from OPLIN (Ohio Public Information Network) to create a network of coordinated Digitization Hubs. The Digitization Hubs will be regional digitization centers with specialized state-of-the-art technology to digitize and archive, for online access and hardcopy reproduction, rare and culturally significant materials located in their libraries. Once established, the hubs will also serve other libraries, museums, archives, and local communities. Full news release below. Continue reading
Robert Miller, Global Director of eBooks for the Internet Archive, sent this email to IA sponsors, partners, and content contributors. It has some really interesting facts, figures, and updates from the IA and Robert was kind enough to let me repost it here on NSR in full. I have highlighted some of those remarkable facts and figures in bold below.
Dear Archive Sponsors, Content Contributors and Partners,
We are at the mid-year point in 2013. I wanted to share with you some “news you can use” about several milestones we will soon be reaching, a few changes in our pricing structure and plans for the remainder of the year. Please feel free to distribute this email to the appropriate people on your teams or the libraries you represent.
First, thank you for your continued support of the Internet Archive. We, together, have collectively built the largest, free, public digital lending library in the world. Yippee to all of us!
As you might remember, our original funding for the Internet Archive digitization program came in the form of a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2004. This one-time grant was never meant to be ongoing, but was to allow for the development of a low cost, high quality digitization program to be used by libraries to complement, enhance or replace their own internal efforts. In short, it was to be a backbone infrastructure service and resource to help libraries move quickly and decisively into eBooks, both in terms of access and preservation. Continue reading
Last week at the ALA conference I held an interview with Mitch Davis, the Founder and Chief Business Officer of Bibliolabs. We discussed BiblioBoard and BiblioBoard Creator in detail. Mitch provided me with a brief description of the products below and is offering a 30 day free trial to any No Shelf Required readers (information below).
Want to hear more about ebooks? Over 50+ interviews are available on the NSR Interviews page. Continue reading
Portico is pleased to announce the following publishers are now preserving their e-books with Portico:
The Portico archive is certified as a “trustworthy digital repository” by the Center for Research Libraries; more than 14,000 e-journals, nearly 170,000 e-books, and 55 d-collections have been entrusted to it. For a complete list of Portico-related facts and figures, please visit Portico Archive Facts & Figures.
September 25, 2012 – New York, NY Portico and Project MUSE are pleased to announce that they are partnering to secure the long-term preservation of e-books published online in MUSE through the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC). Working together, Project MUSE and Portico will ensure that the e-book offerings of the UPCC—73 presses and more than 15,000 books at the time of signing—will remain available for future scholars, researchers, and students. Continue reading
Have you heard of Unglue.it? If not, read on… Unglue.it is a a place for individuals and institutions to join together to give their favorite ebooks to the world. We work with rights holders to decide on fair compensation for releasing a free, legal edition of their already-published books, under Creative Commons licensing. Then everyone pledges toward that sum. When the threshold is reached (and not before), we collect the pledged funds and we pay the rights holders. They issue an unglued digital edition; you’re free to read and share it, with everyone, on the device of your choice, worldwide.
Their first campaign has less than one week to go.
We’re up to 65% of the goal with just under 1 week to go!
The campaign for Oral Literature in Africa closes next Thursday. With the support of ungluers like you, it’s already over $4,900, almost two-thirds of its goal — but it needs more pledges and publicity to reach $7,500 before midnight EDT on June 21. Continue reading
From a Gale/Cengage Learning press release:
Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, and National Geographic, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, today announced an agreement to provide an online archive of more than 100 years of National Geographic magazine. Available to libraries this spring, National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 will include all issues of the magazine in a fully searchable and intuitive interface.
“The National Geographic Society, one of the most respected organizations in the world, has inspired people to care about the planet for more than 100 years,” said Jim Draper, vice president and publisher, Gale. “We are honored to bring National Geographic magazine, the Society’s publication of record, to libraries everywhere, and to open a world of discovery, exploration and appreciation for cultures near and far for all patrons.” Continue reading