Knight Foundation’s News Challenge on Libraries awards $3 million to 22 projects that reinvent libraries

CHICAGO – Jan. 30, 2015 – The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today named 22 projects as winners of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries, awarding the recipients a share of $3 million for their ideas.

The projects will provide new tools and approaches that leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities.  They propose a range of ideas from library-driven toolkits that communities can use to share and archive their histories online to digital platforms that improve access to education and information in developing countries. Eight of the winners will receive investments of $130,000 to $600,000, while 14 early-stage ideas will receive $35,000 each through the Knight Prototype Fund, which helps innovators take media and information projects from idea to demo. Continue reading Knight Foundation’s News Challenge on Libraries awards $3 million to 22 projects that reinvent libraries

Introducing ProQuest Ebook Central, a new integrated ebook platform

ANN ARBOR, Mich., January 30, 2015 — ProQuest unveiled the name of its eagerly anticipated new ebook platform: ProQuest Ebook Central™. Launching in mid-2015, ProQuest Ebook Central will integrate key elements from both ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, delivering a next-generation experience for researchers and librarians around the globe.

“We selected a simple name that captures the essence of what this platform will be: the ‘go-to’ source for ebooks for both researchers and librarians,” said Kari Paulson, vice president, market development, ProQuest. “ProQuest Ebook Central will have the widest selection of quality content and the most acquisition options in an intuitive, user-friendly platform that simplifies the workflow for both librarians and patrons. It will be the complete solution that our customers and their users want.” Continue reading Introducing ProQuest Ebook Central, a new integrated ebook platform

Ingram offers new Edelweiss Analytics tool

NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Library Services Inc., an Ingram Content Group Inc. company, expands the services it provides libraries with the addition of timely analytics and data powered by Above the Treeline’s Edelweiss Analytics, a web-based, interactive collection analysis tool. It gives libraries access to the most accurate and up-to-date information available on library circulation, retail sales data, title data and much more.     Continue reading Ingram offers new Edelweiss Analytics tool

Leading Spanish Language ebook Provider e-Libro Shows Significant Traction in 2014

 New collections, 50 new publishers, and distribution partnerships with EBSCO, YBP, and Biblioboard are among the company’s major milestones

 

Miami, FL – January 28, 2015 - e-Libro, a central solution for essential Spanish Language ebooks, today announced its major growth and achievements in 2014.  The company has launched 5 new Spanish Language ebook collections tailored to the specific needs of U.S. research libraries in subjects including Political Science, History, and Literature.  E-libro also created new subscription collections for Public Libraries and Community Colleges.  These new collections — along with more than 70,000 quality titles that can be purchased outright or through patron driven acquisition — are now available on the EBSCO and ProQuest ebrary platforms and can be purchased on either platform through YBP. As well as these major academic platforms, e-Libro collections are available on the innovative new Biblioboard platform.

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ProQuest, UM, Oxford team to provide 25,000 early books as open access text

ProQuest, University of Michigan Library and Bodleian Libraries are making the full text of 25,000 books printed between 1473 and 1699 available as open access content. These are works from the seminal ProQuest database Early English Books Online and transcriptions are care of the Text Creation Partnership (TCP). Details are in the news release below and at the link. Continue reading ProQuest, UM, Oxford team to provide 25,000 early books as open access text

RedShelf raises Series A funding, plans to expand to 350 bookstores in 2015

eTextbook Leader RedShelf Raises $2M in Series A Funding With Support From Higher Ed Heavyweight

National Association of College Stores and previous investors participate in Series A as RedShelf demonstrates rapid market traction

CHICAGO, IL–(Jan 27, 2015) – RedShelf, a Chicago-based startup spurring digital adoption in higher education and one of the fastest-growing distributors of eTextbooks in the U.S., has raised $2M in Series A funding from the National Association of College Stores (NACS) and previous investors. The company considered a variety of funding sources, including VC, but ultimately determined that NACS along with its current investors would be the best fit. RedShelf will use the funding to launch new features and products, improve upon the existing platform, and support new relationships with both publishers and educational institutions. Continue reading RedShelf raises Series A funding, plans to expand to 350 bookstores in 2015

BiblioBoard adds new publisher content to PatronsFirst

BiblioBoard continues growing
Dark Horse Comics and best-selling Indie Rock Stars among new high demand content added to PatronsFirst™ platform

In advance of the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, BiblioBoard announces more publishers added to their PatronsFirst™ mobile platform. BiblioBoard now offers over 100,000 eBooks, millions of pages of curated historical archives and a growing library of images, audio and video. Patrons enjoy multi-user access to all content on the award-winning native apps for personal devices and the web without frustrating turnaways or waitlists. Continue reading BiblioBoard adds new publisher content to PatronsFirst

eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News Summary For the Week Ending Sunday, January 25

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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OnDemand Books Launches Redundant And Expensive Self-Pub Service http://t.co/LExTRvmXrt

Magzter Launches Magzter Gold, Offering Unlimited Access To 2,000+ Magazines For $9.99 A Month http://t.co/fBsGe2fjDh
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Knowledge Unlatched full report on proof-of-concept pilot for OA monographs

Full Report on the KU Proof-of-Concept Pilot now available here.

Cultural Science Journal has published a full report on the KU Pilot project (Vol 7, No. 2, 2014, ISSN 1836-0416).

Knowledge Unlatched: A Global Library Consortium Model for Funding Open Access Scholarly Books. Full Report on the Proof-of-Concept Pilot 2014” provides information about the Knowledge Unlatched proof-of-concept Pilot, which took place between January 2012 and September 2014. Continue reading Knowledge Unlatched full report on proof-of-concept pilot for OA monographs

eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing News Summary For the Week Ending Sunday, January 18

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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Future Publishing in Bath in new partnership with Google http://t.co/0gOse2MW1c

Argentina’s BajaLibros Aims to Sell Ebooks to All of America http://t.co/y7fgjMjTSF
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