OverDrive Media Console app for iPad – direct library eBook & audiobook downloads

February 17th, 2011 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive Press Release: Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct eBook downloads on the iPad® with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app. The optimized app enables users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide to wirelessly download and enjoy eBooks and digital audiobooks from a local library on the Apple® device. Popular and […]

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Access My Library Android Apps now Available

February 8th, 2011 · Comments Off

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced the College and School editions of the AccessMyLibrary Android applications, which join the AccessMyLibrary School Edition application for the iPad that became available in early January. These latest additions complete Gale’s extensive line-up of AccessMyLibrary (AML) applications, which make Gale library resources accessible on the go from all major […]

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OverDrive Updates Media Console apps for iPhone and Android, enables one-click for Gutenberg titles

January 26th, 2011 · Comments Off

Yesterday, OverDrive released updates to the OverDrive Media Console apps for iPhone (iOS) and Android, which include the addition of one-click, automatic downloads and other enhancements to user experience. At the same time, they’ve updated the mobile ‘Virtual Branch’ sites for libraries with a Project Gutenberg collection, enabling access to the 15,000 DRM-free EPUB  eBooks […]

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200% increase in eBook checkouts from OverDrive virtual libraries….and more stats

January 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive press release:  Libraries and schools worldwide were at the forefront of the eBook boom in 2010, as patrons and students downloaded millions of digital books for iPhone®, Android™, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, and personal computers. More than one million new users signed on to access free eBooks, audiobooks, and more from ‘Virtual Branch’ […]

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OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android enable direct library downloads

January 5th, 2011 · Comments Off

OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) has released apps for iPhone® and Android™ that enable users to download library eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices for the first time. The free apps include a “Get Books” feature that guides users to their local library’s digital catalog of best-selling and new release titles, allowing them to easily browse, check […]

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More Content Added to WorldCat Local

December 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off

From an OCLC Press Release:  In addition to the 200 million records contributed by OCLC member libraries worldwide, 500 million items from leading publishers, aggregators and mass digitization efforts are also now accessible through WorldCat Local. OCLC has recently added content to WorldCat Local from EBSCO; Gale, part of Cengage Learning; Modern Language Association; ProQuest […]

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Primary Research Group releases Library Use of eBooks 2011 Edition

November 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

For those of you interested in eBook statistics related to libraries, this looks like a good candidate. Primary Research Group has published Library Use of eBooks 2011 Edition, ISBN # 157440-157-2. The report presents 145 pages of data and commentary on a broad range of eBook issues, including: spending on eBooks in 2010 and anticipated […]

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Gale Goes Android

October 29th, 2010 · 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, Gale tweeted about the college version of it’s mobile application, AccessMyLibrary.  This week, they have officially announced the College Edition and an Android version for public libraries. From Gale’s Press Release: The AML College Edition is the first Gale app for college students and gives them anytime, anywhere access to the […]

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Articles of Interest

October 26th, 2010 · Comments Off

Ebook restrictions leave libraries facing virtual lockout The End of the Textbook as We Know It – Technology SLJ Leadership Summit 2010: Librarians and Ereaders New Barnes & Noble children’s e-book program hints at color touchscreen Nook An Amazon Digital Book Rental Plan? – Inside Higher Ed Source: New Nook is Android-based, full-color – CNET […]

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Alexander Street Press Launches Send-to-Mobile Functionality

October 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

ASP just announced new functionality for their video products.  The following is from an email from ASP:  I am pleased to let you know that we now have “Send-to-Mobile” functionality for our video collections as well as our streaming music collections. Videos in Dance in Video and Opera in Video can now be sent to […]

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