Kirtas teams with OCLC to ease access to digital content


By Paul Biba

Picture 2.pngStill another digital deal being done. The more the merrier! From a press release I received from Kirtas:

Kirtas Technologies, the worldwide leader in bound-book digitization, and OCLC, a global online library service and research organization; have signed an agreement that will enable streamlined access to the ever-increasing numbers of digitized books to users of OCLC’s WorldCat and Continue reading Kirtas teams with OCLC to ease access to digital content

Google Book Search adds new features


By Paul Biba

Picture 1.pngSeveral new features were announced today on Google’s Inside Book Search:

Embeds and links – This new toolbar option allows you to embed a preview of a full view or partner book in any of your websites or blogs–all with a simple html snippet. … Continue reading Google Book Search adds new features

New articles of interest

I’ve bookmarked the following articles relating to eBooks on my delicious account.  These are displayed on the NSR homepage as well.

ebrary Announces Significant Technology Enhancements

Company Adds InfoTools, Highlighting, Notes, and Other Features to QuickView, Offers New Bookshelf Functionality

June 15, 2009 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – This week, ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, is shipping a number of powerful new features that make it quicker and easier to discover, use, and manage information online.  Continue reading ebrary Announces Significant Technology Enhancements

BYU Using the Kindle for ILL

Hotdog, someone has started a much needed plan to get eBooks part of the ILL program.  According to a 6/10/09 LJ article, BYU Library has a pilot program wth 3 Kindles.  They are  circulating these kindles with a variety of very new titles, too new for ILL.  Verbal permission was given from Amazon, nothing in writing.  Highly recommended to speak with Amazon before you delve into loaning out Kindles.  Check out the article for more details.

eBook Platform Evaluation Criteria

While at ACRL, I met a Librarian at Wellesley College by the name of Deborah Lenares.  She was in the midst of evaluating ebook aggregator platforms and shared with me her comparative spreadsheet.  It’s quite thorough and I thought it could be a great community project to work on it together.  So, Deborah has posted this spreadsheet to google docs and it is open and available for editing by anyone.

Document is available here:

The University of California – Irvine also did a comparison spreadsheet.  It is available for download here:

Finally, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom maintains an academic database assessment tool for e-books.  Users select vendors and the comparison data is displayed based on user choice.  It is available here:

BISG Program on eBook Standards

July 10, 2009 | 12:30pm – 4:00pm | Hyatt Regency Chicago
@ ALA Annual Conference

The Book Industry Study Group will host a program the Friday before the ALA Conference in Chicago.  You need not be registered for ALA to attend this program, but obviously it’s encouraged. The program, “The Changing Standards Landscape: Creative Solutions to Your Information Problems” will focus on standards, business models, and workflow issues with eBooks. Continue reading BISG Program on eBook Standards

ALA Program -Rethinking the Reference Collection

Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin: Rethinking the Reference Collection
McCormick Place West W-179
Monday, July 13, 2009, 10:30 – 12:00

Continue reading ALA Program -Rethinking the Reference Collection

E-textbooks not ready for college students yet?

From Teleread   By David Rothman

image 6 Lessons One Campus Learned about E-Textbooks is the headline over Jeffrey R. Young’s article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. But perhaps it should read instead, “E-textbooks not ready for college students yet, at least in many cases.”

Northwestern Missouri State University used the Sony Reader in a pilot study and, according to Young, found that students demanded printed books instead because of navigation problems with E.

Mind you, this wasn’t with the new PRS-700, which lets you use a stylus to move around. So maybe the results would have been different. Continue reading E-textbooks not ready for college students yet?

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