Wow, big news from OCLC and EBSCO yesterday. NetLibrary and several FirstSearch databases were purchased by EBSCO. This is very exciting news for eBooks I think. Soon, the 170,000 plus NetLibrary eBooks (and audiobooks) will be indexed and available on the EBSCOHost platform, as well as remaining on the NetLibrary platform. No word yet if the eBook content will be a separate database or be indexed within other EBSCO databases. One can only hope for the ladder to increase the discovery and use of eBooks. The full press release is online. Hopefully the EBSCOHost platform will be more printer friendly!
Expect to find print on demand textbooks and other academic and trade titles available for POD in college bookstores very soon. From a press release, “NACS Media Solutions (NMS), a
subsidiary of the National Association of College Stores (NACS) and On Demand Books LLC (ODB), the maker of the Espresso Book Machine® (EBM), have entered into a joint agreement
whereby NMS will market the EBM to the collegiate marketplace and permission academic content for distribution throughout the worldwide network of EBMs.” No word on pricing. Thanks to Teleread for the info.
OverDrive announced today the public beta release of an audiobook app for Blackberry smartphones. This app enables the wireless download of mp3 audiobooks from over 10,000 libraries, barnesandnoble.com, booksonboard.com, or borders.com. To download the app, visit http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc. The full press release is available on the OverDrive site.
Ingram announced today the launch of PubLink. PubLINK is a web based tool for publishers to manage customer and media contact information and send galley copies and catalogs. PubLink was beta tested by Macmillan. Charles Bozian, VP of Finance and Administration for Macmillan said, “We could not be more impressed with Ingram’s PubLink, the PubLink platform is a comprehensive solution for Macmillan’s galley needs, giving us the flexibility we need to serve our customers and media partners while enabling the transition from print to digital, seamlessly. We see big benefits from an operational and cost standpoint over time. This is where trade marketing is going.”
PubLink will be demoed at the TOC Conference on Wednesday. If I get to the demo, I’ll post more information. The full press release is below. Continue reading Ingram launches PubLink
I received the following Press Release concerning the DOD and audiobooks. I’m glad to see government agencies making the leap to electronic books.
Department of Defense offers downloadable audiobooks through MyiLibrary
La VERGNE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc. announced today an agreement with the US Department of Defense (DOD) to offer downloadable digital audiobooks to military service members, their dependents, and National Guard members through MyiLibrary®, Ingram’s market leading online e-content aggregation platform. Continue reading DOD offers audiobooks
From a Paratext Press Release:
Blackwell Reference Online Now Accessible through Reference Universe
AUSTIN, Texas (February 11, 2010)-Paratext announces the addition of links to 450 e-titles within Blackwell Reference Online from the Reference Universe platform.
Blackwell Reference Online brings together Wiley–Blackwell’s critically acclaimed Blackwell Companions and Handbooks, as well as major encyclopedias, including the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology and the International Encyclopedia of Communication. Continue reading Blackwell Reference Online Now Accessible through Reference Universe
from an OverDrive Press Release:
OverDrive Audiobook App Now Available in Android™ Market
Android app enables wireless audiobook downloads from libraries and booksellers
Cleveland, OH – February 11, 2010 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of audiobooks and eBooks to libraries and retailers, announced that its audiobook app for Android™ is now out of beta and available as a full release. OverDrive’s audiobook app for Android enables users to wirelessly download MP3 audiobooks from more than 10,000 libraries and major online retailers, including Barnesandnoble.com, BooksOnBoard.com, and Borders.com. Major devices, including DROID™ by Motorola®, DROID Eris™, and Nexus One™, can now be used to access OverDrive-supplied MP3 audiobooks on the go. To install OverDrive® Media Console™ for Android v1.0, visit the Android Market on your device or download directly from http://overdrive.com/software/omc. Continue reading OverDrive Audiobook App Now Available in Android Market
Received this information from an OCLC Press Release:
Blue Ribbon Task Force to Host Symposium on Economics of Sustaining Digital Information
Government, Industry, Academic Leaders Featured in Public “Conversation”
April 1, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access (BRTF-SDPA) will hold a one-day symposium convening a diverse group of speakers from the academic, private, and public sectors to discuss one of the most pressing issues of the Information Age: identifying practical solutions to the economic challenges of preserving today’s deluge of digital data.
From a Credo Press Release:
Credo Reference adds prestigious National Gallery images to its reference collection
Oxford and Boston, January 26, 2010 – Credo Reference, the award winning online reference library, has signed an agreement to include National Gallery, London images and information in the Credo General Reference Collection.
Continue reading Credo Reference adds National Gallery Images
Here is another sign that times are changing and silos of library information are breaking down. I searched WorldCat today and found links to JSTOR content, clicked through, and downloaded the PDF without a hitch. I expect we’ll see more of this, which is great news for the discovery of library content on the web. The press release is below.
JSTOR now indexed in WorldCat.org
Scholars and researchers can now identify content in JSTOR through WorldCat.org and connect to the full-text Continue reading WorldCat indexes JSTOR content