OverDrive announces 10 public library systems in the “1 Million Checkout Club”

From the OverDrive blog:

We’re excited to announce that 2014’s “1 Million Checkout Club” includes 10 public library systems, surpassing the six lirbaries that accomplished this feat in 2013! Checkouts include all borrowed digital items including eBooks, audiobooks, music, streaming video and periodicals from the library’s OverDrive-powered collection and each of the libraries experienced significant year-over-year growth from 2013.

The following libraries have joined the 2014 Million Digital Checkouts Club:

2 Million or more digital checkouts

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Smashwords 2014 Year in Review

Below is an excerpt from the Smashwords blog highlighting service milestones for the year 2014.  The full article has some background and 2015 plans as well.

Among our service milestones for the year:

  • New distribution channels – We added new distribution partners including OverDrive, the world’s largest ebook supplier serving over 20,000 public libraries, and Txtr, a European retailer.  New partners Oyster and Scribd were brought fully online.
  • Faster distributions – Working in close partnership with all our retail partners, Smashwords dramatically increased the speed and reliability of our distribution systems in 2014.  We’re now shipping multiple times daily to most of our retailers, and near-real time to iBooks, where, for example, and it’s not uncommon for authors to upload a book to Smashwords and see it appear at iBooks the same day.  Faster distributions of new titles and metadata updates give our authors more control over their publishing.
  • Faster sales reporting – We improved the speed of sales reporting.  In May, we introduced our Daily Sales tool which provides next-day and same-day sales reporting from iBooks, Barnes & Noble, OverDrive and Kobo.
  • Added EPUB 3 support – Smashwords now accepts EPUB3 files as part of our Smashwords Direct feature.  EPUB3 gives authors and publishers greater language support and text layout options, including right to left reading and vertical reading.
  • We helped more authors realize their full potential – Smashwords authors bring us their talent, and we give them tools to help realize the full potential of their talent.  Multiple Smashwords authors hit retailer bestseller lists in 2015 as well as national lists such as New York Times and USA Today, aided in part by the power of Smashwords preorders to iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Kobo, and also supported by enhanced metadata tools such as Smashwords Series Manager which improves series discoverability at retailers.
  • Diversification pays off – Our broad distribution network helped authors and publishers diversify their exposure to an industry-wide slowdown in ebook retailing.  Strong merchandising support for Smashwords authors by our wonderful colleagues at iBooks combined with sales growth from new distribution partners FlipKart, OverDrive; Oyster and Scribd helped many Smashwords authors and publishers have a great year.
  • Diversification pays off again – Authors who fully distributed their titles with Smashwords were partially insulated from the dramatic sales drops many Amazon authors reported following the introduction of Kindle Unlimited.  If you know indie authors who only upload to Amazon, invite them to diversify their distribution with Smashwords.

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ProQuest launches new UKI edition of Academic Complete

CAMBRIDGE, UK, January 5, 2015 – ProQuest® ebooks company ebrary® has created a brand new version of their award winning Academic Complete™ subscription collection designed specifically for UK and Irish students, faculty and researchers with over 4,000 unique, region specific titles.

Recognizing the importance of providing key content to this region, this new edition of Academic Complete delivers more than 115,000 titles, and is the first locally-tailored content edition which goes beyond territorial rights adjustments. Providing simultaneous, multi-user access the UKI edition contains over 4,000 specially selected titles which are only available to this region and consist of the most relevant publishers and topics. This local version will only be available in the UK and Ireland with the same overall number of titles as the standard Academic Complete. Continue reading

eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News Summary For the Week Ending Sunday, January 4

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 tweets for the last week. 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 on Twitter: @paulkbiba — Paul Biba
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Wattpad Releases New eBook Cover App http://t.co/H66WhSfB7u

My New Year’s resolution for Jeff Bezos: Read-aloud for E Ink Kindles—and an all-text bolding option or better http://t.co/jtE9TiZMCx

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eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News Summary For the Week Ending Sunday, December 28

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 tweets for the last week. 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 on Twitter: @paulkbiba — Paul Biba
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On French and German Attitudes to Book Prices http://t.co/wN4EHZKCin

A Survey of College Students Reminds Us Why eBooks Haven’t Taken Over http://t.co/GNNk5CRYG1

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eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News For the Week Ending Sunday, December 21

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 tweets for the last week. 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 on Twitter: @paulkbiba — Paul Biba
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E-Book Legal Restrictions Are Screwing Over Blind People http://t.co/ZL11CtFcKA

Are eBook Gift Cards on the Rise or Decline? http://t.co/pCegSfgeXi

New Research From Nielsen: Tech-Savvy Teens Remain Fans Of Print Books http://t.co/htMFkktMAl
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eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News For the Week Ending Sunday, December 14

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 tweets for the last week. 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 on Twitter: @paulkbiba — Paul Biba
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Kindle Needs A “Subscribe To Author” Button http://t.co/4CLhluHyzt

Copyright Law Is Being Rewritten Right Now, and You Can Help http://t.co/me2tD06cmc

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BiblioBoard® Expands Harmony Ink Press Collection to Include More Positive Young Adult LGBTQ+ Titles for Libraries

BiblioBoard has expanded their already comprehensive LGBTQ+ offering to include more positive content for young readers from Dreamspinner’s Young Adult imprint, Harmony Ink Press. Harmony Ink’s update includes 50 new titles, all published in 2014. The books range from thrillers with werewolves and traveling carnivals to more traditional romance and coming-out stories. Continue reading

Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Library Chiefs Announce Expansion of Library Hotspot Program Through Google Donation

Google gives New York City libraries $1 million for 10,000 Wi-Fi devices for program lending Wi-Fi devices to New Yorkers

Dec. 2nd, 2014 NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio, New York City’s three library systems, and Google today announced a $1 million donation from Google for an innovative library program lending Wi-Fi devices to New Yorkers to use at home.

The Library Hotspot program gives families, many lacking broadband access, the opportunity to borrow free Wi-Fi devices from their local libraries. The program was successfully piloted by The New York Public Library over the summer, when families at four branches in the Bronx and Staten Island were able to borrow devices for months at a time. Continue reading

eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News For the Week Ending Sunday, December 7

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 tweets for the last week.  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 on Twitter: @paulkbiba — Paul Biba
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Fire Tablet Sales Up Over 3x and Kindle E-Reader Sales Up Nearly 4x on Amazon.com this Black Friday http://t.co/0ZaLRzxAMD

Finland gives up on handwriting http://t.co/C4XnlwgfBY

What’s Going on in the Library? Pt 1: Librarian Publishers May Be More Important Than You Think http://t.co/IcnNKkboDH

The Independent partners with Cengage Learning to make 25 years of alternative opinion available online http://t.co/H6j17KQFTd

Are book publishers blockbustering themselves into oblivion? by Russell Smith/The Globe and Mail http://t.co/Ziblq1oTtC

Author discontent grows as Kindle Unlimited enters its fifth month http://t.co/WHoXpXKzUu

A novel approach to box sets http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-novel-approach-to-box-sets.html

No Luddite libraries here: 95 percent of U.S. libraries carry e-books http://t.co/ruEhoQvsI0

Kobo has No Plans for Audiobooks, Yet.. http://t.co/SqiwiHDXLH

Thalia Launches Audiobook Subscription Service in Germany http://t.co/dIySpFK8bw

Google Cultural Institute Adds New Digital Collections From Romania and UAE http://t.co/jSzkdXPAxD

E Ink Announces Kobo eBook Access Program http://t.co/6plWtkUXT9

Pocketbook Unveils Flexible 13.3 inch e-Reader http://t.co/FA7Ym3g3W3

No time to cook? Here’s how to make fried shrimp in just three seconds (with the right equipment) http://t.co/Wc3YwIKY5k

Amazon changes KDP terms in response to upcoming changes in EU tax laws http://t.co/fVAPmXVNaT

Thoughts on adjusting to Kindle Unlimited as an author http://t.co/jr6Q0GKNdd

Kobo Launches eBook access Program Targeting OEM http://t.co/en4viI8FkU

On eve of price-fixing appeal, iBooks negotiator Eddy Cue says he’d “do it again”–but “take better notes.” http://t.co/EE3vOiU355

Wattpad » How we’re helping Wattpad writers http://t.co/cylAGJOuvl

Findaway World Debuts the Aero e-Reader http://t.co/rgxHngy4pi

Europe – The Future of Used eBooks will be Determined December 23rd http://t.co/tSuOmSl9Xk

Kobo Extends E-book Access to More E Ink Devices http://t.co/obCdvzwjco

What’s Next for E-Textbooks? http://t.co/iffjvTw50n

eAudiobooks Debut on New 3M Cloud Library App http://t.co/BLSVEMX0pV

430 Billion Web Pages Saved….Help Us Do More! http://t.co/gg5BndJMN1

Non-Profit Group Plans to Open Omaha’s First Digital Library, Omaha Public Library Will Be a Partner http://t.co/9AKkGf6Tio

Google Books: Authors Guild and Google Meet in a Federal Appeals Court (Roundup) http://t.co/Gn4UtdVBRO

RedShelf Adds Publishers to E-Textbook Distribution Platform http://t.co/OB5NwXJGR6

Barnes & Noble and Microsoft call off their Nook partnership https://t.co/lEwjk1Fu50

Court of Justice of European Union rules libraries can digitize without permission http://t.co/IMqLtmCHdg

What Do Kids Want in Books?: INFOGRAPHIC http://t.co/6ePTWZYVma

On a personal note, my daughter, a science writer, wrote an article that just made the cover of Newsweek. Proud dad! http://t.co/Xvz4BnEuag

iVerse digital Comics Plus app updated with support for PDF, CBZ, CBR http://t.co/mDKZqukjxf

Wal-Mart Should Buy Barnes & Noble http://t.co/z2wDjKq0Jp

Medieval Spam: The Oldest Advertisements for Books http://t.co/MtEJThL366

Google Adds Hindi And Indonesian Support To Text-To-Speech Engine http://t.co/DjQtKXlVUp

Digital Einstein Papers Launches on Tizra http://t.co/dYfCuDPbVr

6 reasons UK magazines are struggling online http://t.co/hlPkcBXeeU

Decorative Typography Inspired by the Art Deco Movement http://t.co/5zBkKPBFpc

A Little-Known Way To Be Paid While You Write http://t.co/J5z9APvVYE

Hachette had an eBookstore which could go head-to-head with Amazon, but they won’t launch it http://t.co/M82IPcUuER

Apple on trial: company execs say DRM was forced on them by record labels http://t.co/2JjCyOHrnu

“DCL Ebook Report, December 2014” American Libraries Magazine – The magazine of the American Library Association – http://t.co/8M8XXxzQXP

New Zealand Libraries Loan out 800,000 e-Books in 2013 http://t.co/7WwPgkM1Vl

Inaugural Kobo Book Report Reveals Top eReading Trends from 2014 http://t.co/xrP1TSpGK7

E-Book Strategies: CNI Executive Roundtable Report http://t.co/JGOlNCGrQM

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