September 30th, 2013 · by Mirela Roncevic · Comments Off
ALA Editions recently announced the launch of a new online journal, eContent Quarterly, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The journal was previewed at this year’s ALA conference in Chicago, and the zero issue made available for free in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats.
Fall 2013 issue, to be released this week, will feature articles on e-book formats, metadata, kids’ apps, and the importance of partnerships in the management of econtent. Winter 2014 issue, to be released in early 2014, will explore “bookless” libraries, user-centered design of e-reference products, implementation of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs in high schools, and multi-format e-book strategies in academic libraries.
As ALA gets ready to make the first issue live on the journal’s site this week, the editors are inviting librarians, publishers, and vendors interested in contributing to the journal’s Spring 2014 issue to send their proposals, with clearly defined topics of interest, by October 7th.
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September 30th, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
Last January, ProQuest announced plans to acquire EBL and merge the service with ebrary. Kari Paulson and Kevin Sayer spoke with me right after the announcement about the acquisition and plans for integrating the two platforms. In May of 2013, the process was complete. Since that time, staff at ProQuest have been very busy with the integration of the platforms. Kathy Masnik, Vice President of product management for ebooks at ProQuest, is leading the charge for integration. It’s a monumental task, but Kathy took a break from her Gantt chart to tell me about the process in an interview. We discussed how Kathy and her team are approaching the integration, how librarians, publishers, and end users and involved, and some of the short term changes happening with the EBL interface.
Listen to Kathy’s interview here.
50+ other interviews with librarians, publishers, and information industry professionals are also available on the NSR interviews page.
Categories: Academic Libraries,Interfaces/Platforms,Interviews,NSR Info,Vendor News
Tags: EBL, ebrary, ProQuest
September 16th, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
De Gruyter has launched a new service called De Gruyter Select. It’s PDA and POD wrapped into one, allowing users to create a custom print book with De Gruyter book chapters, newspaper articles, and database content (anything with a “chunk price” in De Gruyter Online). The press release, below, mentions printing and delivering the book in a few days. The FAQ adds additional information, including this statement, “you will not gain online access to content if you have only selected it for printing.” So, it appears users can purchase content to add to their printed De Gruyter Select book that was not available to them online. Here is more information from the press release:
Berlin, 16 September 2013 – “De Gruyter Select” is a new service that lets customers select and assemble content from various types of publications to create their own custom book, which is then printed and delivered within a few short days. [Read more →]
Categories: Interfaces/Platforms,Patron Driven Acquisition,Press Releases,Print on demand,Vendor News
Tags: De Gruyter
September 12th, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) announces the debut of “The Wire: A Writer’s Resource,” a blog for new and aspiring authors. The new initiative provides information to people hoping to write, publish and find markets for their books, and is a step toward the library’s goal of making locally-produced content available to its audience.
DCL has garnered recent media attention for its efforts to increase the number of e-books available to library patrons, despite roadblocks to library acquisition of e-books from large commercial publishers. A byproduct is the creation of a library-run publishing channel. In a recent “Colorado Matters” interview with Colorado Public Radio’s Elaine Grant, DCL director Jamie LaRue said, “Once we built a publishing platform to reach out to smaller, independent presses, we could also accommodate self-published authors.” [Read more →]
Categories: Library News,Press Releases,Public Libraries,Publishing,Self Publishing
Tags: Douglas County Libraries
September 12th, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
A new study, “The State of Bedtime Stories Survey,” conducted online by Harris Interactive (R) in April 2013 (on behalf of Reading is Fundamental and with the support of Macy’s) was just released. The study provides insight on the state of reading to children (8 and under) at bedtime. The report asks about book format, with 67% of parents reporting they typically use printed formats when reading bedtime stories. The full study, executive summary, and infographic are available for online reading or download via Reading is Fundamental on Scribd.
Here is the data related to book format preference, from the executive summary:
What form of book [do/did] you typically use when reading bedtime stories to your[X]-year old [son/daughter]?
Seventy-six percent of parents of children age 8 years or younger report that they typically use a printed book format when reading bedtime stories to their child, while 2% typically use an e-book format and 17% use both of these book formats.
Tags: Harris Interactive, Macy's, Reading is Fundamental
September 9th, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
EBSCO announced today a new eBook collection (over 9,400 titles) designed specifically for academic and business school libraries. The full title and/or publisher lists are not on the EBSCO website at this time. You’ll have to contact your rep for details.
IPSWICH, Mass. — September 9, 2013 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the launch of eBook Business Collection, a comprehensive subscription collection of business e-books intended to meet the content needs of students in their research, special projects, and entrepreneurial quests. [Read more →]
Categories: Academic Libraries,Collection Development,Interfaces/Platforms,New Products,Press Releases,Vendor News
September 5th, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
School Library Journal has published two recent articles about the eBook market in schools. The first is the “School Ebook Market Directory.” This piece features a snapshot of 19 eBook vendors for school libraries. Some of these include ABC-CLIO, Capstone, Rosen, OverDrive, Gale, StarWalk Kids, and Tumblebooks. The second article is “E. It’s Complicated. How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks.” SLJ talked to academic experts and visited librarians, teachers, and students at two high-performing Illinois high schools: New Trier Township High School in Winnetka and Northfield, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The article is in a Q/A format and discusses topics such as why go digital, will ebooks help kids learn more, who owns and pays for devices, what are the hurdles to adoption, and many more. Both are worth a read.
Categories: Articles of Interest,Ebook Readers,Interfaces/Platforms,Library News,Mobile Devices,School Libraries,Textbooks,Vendor News
Tags: School Library Journal
September 5th, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
September 5, 2013, Boston, Oxford – Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, has launched 19 new and updated Subject and Publisher Collections, adding to the more than 80 collections currently available for perpetual purchase or subscription.
Credo’s new collections help librarians grow their reference shelves through their Literati or Credo Online Reference Service solutions. The newly released collections include:
- Intelecom Intelligent Telecommunications: The first all-video Credo collection that offers multidisciplinary coverage, this collection features 12 richly descriptive visual reference sources that cover a variety of major subjects, such as Sociology, History, Psychology and Health. [Read more →]
Categories: Interfaces/Platforms,New Products,Press Releases,Reference News,Reference Publishing,Vendor News
August 29th, 2013 · by Mirela Roncevic · 1 Comment
ALA’s new eCourse on ebooks starts September 2nd. Well, it’s not exactly new. I taught this four-week course last March and have accepted ALA’s invitation to teach it again this September. On the other hand, it’s not exactly the same class either, since much has changed since I developed the original syllabus in early 2013 — so much, in fact, that the new list of required readings is quite different from the original. While this class still requires no prior knowledge of ebooks and we will again be going over the basics (e.g., formats, reading devices, dominant brands, DRM, purchasing options, etc.), we will also take a closer look at the trends that are currently driving our conversations at conferences and in various online communities. [Read more →]
Categories: Academic Libraries,Business Models/Pricing,Conferences/Events,Ebook Readers,Electronic Resources,Enhanced eBooks,Formats,Uncategorized
Tags: ebooks, Mirela Roncevic
August 27th, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
Earlier this month, EBSCO added new Japanese language content to the EBSCO Discovery Service. See the press release below for more details.
IPSWICH, Mass. — August 6, 2013 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and NetAdvance today have announced an agreement allowing metadata from NetAdvance’s JapanKnowledge collection to be added to EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) — providing unparalleled access to world-renowned content in all subject areas, for researchers at every level.
The content from JapanKnowledge includes an extensive collection of Japanese-language content geared for educational institutions, researchers and businesses. The metadata offers Japanese language dictionaries (Japanese, English-Japanese, Japanese-English and English-English), two dictionaries of current words, a dictionary of scientific terms as well as a biographical dictionary. The content also includes a 30-volume encyclopedia, the Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan (the largest encyclopedia in English about Japan), a news database that covers Asia and the European Union, full-text books, a database of video recordings from 1908-2005 and a database of dissertations from the humanities departments of six universities in Japan. [Read more →]
Categories: Discovery,Press Releases,Vendor News
Tags: ebsco, EBSCO Discovery Service, NetAdvance