Axis 360 new release fully accessible for visually-impaired users

May 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off

Glad to see more vendors making accommodations for visually-impaired users.  From a Baker & Taylor press release: CHARLOTTE, N.C. – May 22, 2012 – Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books, today announced an important new release of its Axis 360 digital media platform that allows visually-impaired ebook users to have […]

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Tags: Accessibility · Interfaces/Platforms · Press Releases · Vendor News

Baker & Taylor, Axis 360, and the Blio Reader

March 9th, 2012 · Comments Off

It seems as though OverDrive and 3M garner all of the attention when it comes to ebooks for the public library market.  So, it’s nice to see Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 in the news this week.  Library Journal’s Mike Kelley wrote a fabulously detailed article about the service titled, “With Axis 360, Baker & […]

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Blio and Axis 360 from Baker & Taylor – an interview with Michael Bills

September 19th, 2011 · Comments Off

Last week I interviewed Michael Bills,  Director for Sales, Digital Products,  from Baker & Taylor about their eReader software, Blio.  Michael discussed the functionality of Blio and discussed Axis 360, a hosting and circulation platform for the Blio reader. For more information on blio, visit http://www.baker-taylor.com/blio.cfm Michaels interview, along with 40+ others are available on […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Ebook Readers · Enhanced eBooks · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Interviews · New Products · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

EBSCO Discovery Service indexing ARTstor

June 10th, 2011 · Comments Off

ARTstor images (over one million) will now be searchable in the EDS.  Great news for the discovery of multiple information formats in one location. More from the press release:  The ARTstor Digital Library will be searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) allowing mutual customers to use EDS to explore even more […]

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World Book content searchable on EBSCO Discovery Service

April 14th, 2011 · Comments Off

From an EBSCO press release:  A recent agreement between EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and World Book, Inc. (World Book) will bring twelve popular reference tools into EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). Metadata, including full-text searching, for World Book resources will be added to the EDS Base Index allowing the World Book content to better impact searching through […]

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ebrary and YBP launch demand driven acquisition/short-term loan model

March 29th, 2011 · Comments Off

From a Serials Solutions press release: ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, and long-time partner YBP Library Services, today announced the launch of an integrated Demand Driven Acquisition model that may be used in conjunction with Short Term Loans. The new program enables libraries to cost-effectively and efficiently provide patrons with access to vast […]

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CIL Conference – Ebook Publishing: Practices & Challenges

March 22nd, 2011 · 2 Comments

This panel discussion was moderated by Dick Kaser from Information Today.  Speakers included Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing, Leslie Lees, ebrary, Bob Nardini, Ingram, and Mike Shontz, OverDrive. Each panelist had 5 minutes to discuss who they serve and business models they offer. Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing Ken reflected back to 1997 – common themes from […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Audio Books · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Print on demand · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

Credo Reference Content now Discoverable in EBSCO Discovery Service

March 10th, 2011 · Comments Off

From an email I received, also linked on PR Web: EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Credo Reference, the online reference service, have extended their partnership allowing the reference content from Credo Reference to be discoverable within EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). Metadata from Credo General Reference, Credo Topic Pages and Publisher Collections will be added to the […]

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Springer eBooks now also available in the Google eBookstore

February 17th, 2011 · Comments Off

Springer, who has existing eRetail partnerships with Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and others, announced this week the addition of the Google eBookstore for Springer eBook titles. From their press release:  Springer eBooks can now also be purchased via Google’s eBookstore. Google currently holds the biggest collection of Springer eBooks with more than 52,000 books, […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Discovery · Google Books · Publishing · 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