blio android app ready for download

August 29th, 2011 · Comments Off

The Blio reader is now available for android devices.  The download is not yet listed on the blio site, I picked this one up via an email message.

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · New Products · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

EBSCO Publishing launches mobile applications

May 12th, 2011 · Comments Off

I received an email today from Kathleen McEvoy at EBSCO Publishing.  They are beginning to release mobile applications, the first for the iOS.  eBook reading applications will follow (see last line below). More information is also available in the press release. From the email: The new iPhone app is available free from the iTunes App […]

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Open Access eBooks, Part 3

May 9th, 2011 · Comments Off

From Eric Hellman’s Go To Hellman blog.  Please offer your comments to Eric at the Go To Hellman blog. Here’s the third section of my draft of a book chapter for a book edited by No Shelf Required‘s Sue Polanka. I previously posted the introduction; and What does Open Access mean for eBooks subsequent posts […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · EPUB · Formats · Open Access · Print on demand · Publishing · Textbooks

No Way! Kindle owners CAN borrow books from public libraries

April 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments

I never thought I’d see the day!  Great news Amazon and OverDrive. News release from Kindle here. From a Publishers Weekly article:  Amazon announced this morning that Kindle owners will soon be able to borrow books from public libraries. Working with vendor OverDrive, which manages e-book lending for the vast majority of public libraries, the […]

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OverDrive Apps for Android and iOS Updated

April 20th, 2011 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive blog post: OverDrive has made some enhancements to the apps for Android and iOS.  They include: OverDrive Media Console for Android (v2.2) Sepia display option for eBooks Screen-dimming override for eBooks Faster EPUB performance Sleep timer for audiobooks OverDrive Media Console for iPhone/iPad (v2.2.1) Orientation lock for eBooks Night mode and sepia […]

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OverDrive releases the Media console app for BlackBerry

April 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct EPUB eBook downloads on BlackBerry® mobile devices with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app for BlackBerry. Users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide can wirelessly download and enjoy EPUB eBooks, as well as MP3 audiobooks, on their BlackBerry devices. Libraries offer best-selling titles, such as “The Social […]

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Articles of Interest

March 25th, 2011 · Comments Off

For the week of March 21st Inkling: Another Digital Textbook Approacheth, But this time, It has Friends: The Scholarly Kitchen Research Triangle Libraries Get $41K Grant To Explore Consortial Ebook Models The Vexed Problem of Libraries, Publishers, and E-books ” The … HarperCollinsGate: Some Thoughts ” The Scholarly Kitchen Innovation and Longevity in Digital Publishing: […]

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Digipalooza III to be held July 28-31, 2011

March 18th, 2011 · Comments Off

From OverDrive (note one of the sponsors at the bottom):  Public and school librarians from around the world will come together with publishing industry leaders at OverDrive’s third international user group conference, Digipalooza (, July 28-31, 2011, in Cleveland. Held every two years, this four-day educational and networking conference will address the massive surge in […]

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The Future of Academic Reading – BGSU Discussion

March 14th, 2011 · Comments Off

Today I attended a discussion at Bowling Green State University on the future of academic reading.  It was a day long session involving a panel discussion of students and faculty, along with Amy Pawlowski, the Web Applications Manager at the Cleveland Public Library and myself as respondents. The panelists were mostly upper-class and graduate students, […]

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Articles of Interest

February 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

McGraw-Hill’s iPad-enhanced ebooks by Inkling Could the Kindle be free by the end of the year? Barnes & Noble claims 25% of US e-book market share David Rothman promotes the National Digital Library on the Chronicle of Higher Education Go To Hellman: HarperCollins and the Suspension of eBook … Podcast: The Future of the Textbook, […]

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