Internet Archive Library Partnership Develops Joint eBook Collection To Extend Traditional In-Library Lending Model

February 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off

The Internet Archive and 150 partnering libraries announced the launch of a traditional in-library lending model for a pooled collection of over 80,000 eBooks.  Yesterday the pooled collection was released to the public — providing access through web browser and download technology. The full press release is available at the Internet Archive, clips from the […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Interfaces/Platforms · Lending Readers · Library News · New Products · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Vendor News

Opening the eBook Market

February 8th, 2011 · Comments Off

Reprinted in full from One Librarian’s Perspective, by Tim Kambitsch, Director of the Dayton Metro Library. It is fashionable to declared Digital Rights Management (DRM) dead. And maybe in the world of music it is. For eBooks in the library marketplace, however, DRM is alive and well. The book publishers who may be more conservative […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Lending Readers · Library News · Public Libraries · School Libraries

Public Libraries, Why aren’t you lending nook, Kobo, COOL-ER and SONY eReaders?

September 22nd, 2010 · 10 Comments

I’m really curious about this, and reading a blog post from the Librarian in Black, which summarized a library futures event has gotten me even more curious. Most public libraries who are lending eBook readers (at least those in the news) are loaning Kindles.  Why aren’t they lending nook, Kobo, COOL-ER, and SONY readers?  Kindle […]

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NetLibrary titles compatible with Nook and SONY Daily Edition

January 19th, 2010 · Comments Off

Very cool news from OCLC/NetLibrary.  Their e-books are now compatible with the Nook as well as the new SONY Daily Edition (they were already compatible with the 4 versions of SONY Readers).  This is a real benefit for libraries who are looking for more e-reader options.  It opens up so many potentials for patron downloads […]

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eBook Readers and Standards, where to next? webinar summary

November 18th, 2009 · Comments Off

I attended the eBook Readers and Standards, where to next? webinar today.  My notes (done real time, please excuse typos) are below. Speakers:  SarahRotman Epps, Forrester Analyst and Michael Smith, IDPF Executive Director

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Adobe eBook Platform Webinar

October 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off

I attended the Adobe eBook Platform webinar today.  Some notes and thoughts are below: Dave Dickson, Product Manager, was the primary speaker Publishers want to produce eBooks in a single file format, but consumers want to purchase the eBook in the format of their choice Adobe’s role – to be an enabler.  Publishers author in […]

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Overdrive and Sony to cross-market

August 25th, 2009 · Comments Off

From an Overdrive press release: (Cleveland, OH) – August 12, 2009 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global digital distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries, announced today a joint marketing agreement with Sony Electronics, Inc., developer of the Sony Reader Digital Book (www.sony.com/reader).  OverDrive and Sony will cross-market OverDrive’s library network and the Reader, the […]

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Cleveland Public Library offers EPUB

January 27th, 2009 · 4 Comments

CLEVELAND, OH, Jan 15 (MARKET WIRE) – Cleveland Public Library (http://emedia.clevnet.org) today became the first public library to offer eBook downloads in the industry standard EPUB format. Readers at both Cleveland Public Library and CLEVNET member libraries can check out and download EPUB eBooks from the library’s download website. The EPUB files are optimized for […]

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