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eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News For the Week Ending August 10

bibaI am the former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead, the Internet’s first blog devoted to ebooks.  I now run a curated Twitter feed devoted to ebooks, elibraries, and epublishing.

This is a listing of those feeds for the week ending August 10.  A new listing will be published on No Shelf Required each Sunday evening.

If you are interested in following the feed in real time, follow me on Twitter: @paulkbiba — Paul Biba

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This is the best damn analysis of the Amazon/Hachette debate. A must read. https://t.co/xqgu4SRGk8

Question: Hachette illegally conspired to fix ebook prices. How much of their credibility does this destroy? [no link]

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eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News For the Week Ending August 3

bibaI am the former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead, the Internet’s first blog devoted to ebooks.  I now run a curated Twitter feed devoted to ebooks, elibraries, and epublishing.

This is a listing of those feeds for the week ending August 3.  A new listing will be published on No Shelf Required each Sunday evening.

If you are interested in following the feed in real time, follow me @paulkbiba — Paul Biba

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Mark Coker: How to Do Box Sets at Smashwords for Audience Building, Charity and Profit http://t.co/rv1AkkRh2v

Chrome extension turns Amazon into a pirate ebook site http://t.co/ugqLGnpwai

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eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News For the Week Ending July 27

bibaI am the former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead, the Internet’s first blog devoted to ebooks.  I now run a curated Twitter feed devoted to ebooks, elibraries, and epublishing.

This is a listing of those feeds for the week ending July 27.  A new listing will be published on No Shelf Required each Sunday evening.

If you are interested in following the feed in real time, follow me @paulkbiba — Paul Biba

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Scholastic to Close Storia eBookstore; Customers Could Lose Access to Their eBook Purchases http://t.co/fs56ELXbR0

Another Argument Against The “Artist Must Get Paid” Nonsense http://t.co/UybvxKNitG Continue reading

eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News For the Week Ending July 20

bibaI am the former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead, the Internet’s first blog devoted to ebooks.  I now run a curated Twitter feed devoted to ebooks, elibraries, and epublishing.

This is a listing of those feeds for the week ending July 20th.  A new listing will be published on No Shelf Required each Monday morning.

If you are interested in following the feed in real time, follow me @paulkbiba. — Paul Biba

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Publishers Should Start Selling eBooks on Bittorrent http://t.co/3tCUdbPica

E-Books in a Kenyan Library Increase Patronage http://t.co/d8yt9gLN8X Continue reading

News-O-Matic, a new educational news app for students

Press4Kids (P4K), a publisher of daily news applications for young readers, released an interesting new educational app for school students last month, News-O-Matic. Geared toward students in elementary and middle schools (ages 7-11), the app is described as the students’ “first daily newspaper” (with five new stories added each day) and it has a lot going for it. Among other things, it allows students to rate articles, ask questions, and submit drawings that relate to the news stories.

See full press release below. For more on the company behind the app and the app itself, visit www.press4kids.com.
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Total BooX Launches Free Reading for All

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Libraries are used to receiving a lot of love from vendors and publishers during National Library Week, which this year kicks off on April 13th. Many vendors have already made announcements about opening up their content, including ProQuest and Oxford University Press. Total Boox is joining them today with its own initiative.

This is a first, folks: In honor of National Library Week, the ebook vendor will open up its entire collection of ebooks (20,000 and counting) on April 13th and make it accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Although one does not have to be a library patron to take advantage of the free reading, Total Boox is encouraging public librarians in particular to use this opportunity to educate their patrons about ebooks, especially in the communities where libraries cannot afford ebook lending services.

The Free Reading Week site is set up and becomes active April 13th. Users need to sign up for the service on this page using their email and password. They will then be prompted to download the Total Boox free Reader app for one of the three tablets supported: Android, iOS, or Kindle Fire. Books may then be downloaded by visiting www.totalboox.com.

Full press release below.

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What to expect when buying e-resources for high schools

Lura Sanborn, reference and instruction school librarian at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, recently wrote a piece on ebooks and digital collections for the School Library Monthly. It provides a useful overview of the state of ebook acquisitions in high school libraries and the features of the most dominant e-resources on the market. We have received permission to reprint this article on No Shelf Required.

Lura has been active in the digital arena and has published her perspectives on the future of libraries in various sources, including ALA’s new journal eContent Quarterly. In her article “Bookless Library? I Raise You the Building,” featured in the Winter 2014 issue of eContent Quarterly, she convincingly argued that fully embracing a buildingless library is the logical next step for all academic institutions. Here she echoes similar “we have crossed the digital Rubicon” sentiments, focusing on the actual products and explains what high school libraries can expect to gain from and pay for each. The products covered range from platforms used for research to those used for lending purposes. The full article is reprinted below. Continue reading