No Shelf Required’s two new publications

November 1st, 2011 · Comments Off

No Shelf Required has been busy this past year exploring the many topics of eBooks and libraries.  Very soon, two new publications will be available from ALA Publishing which share the No Shelf Required name.  These new publications contain completely new content, expanding upon No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries, ALA Editions, 2011. Details are […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · Lending Readers · Library News · Licenses/Licensing Issues · New Products · NSR Info · Open Access · Preservation · Print on demand · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Textbooks

E-Discovering Reference

October 31st, 2011 · Comments Off

With the advent of the internet and growing popularity of Wikipedia, traditional library reference tools have experienced a decline in use.  As a result, many reference publishers began producing electronic books or converting traditional print multi-volume titles to online databases.  While this has been a valiant effort, much of the content still goes undiscovered due […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Discovery · New Products · NSR Info · Public Libraries · Reference Publishing · School Libraries

Free eBook: School Libraries: What’s now? What’s next? What’s yet to come?

October 24th, 2011 · Comments Off

School Librarian’s Kristin Fontichiaro (University of Michigan) and Buffy Hamilton, (Creekview High School) have just released a free eBook on Smashwords, School Libraries:  What’s now? What’s next? What’s yet to come? Over 50 authors crowdsourced the content for this eBook, with over 100 essays. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/96705 – for the FREE download in 3 formats – PDF, […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Library News · School Libraries

Three New eBook Platforms Nearing their Debut

August 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

Great post in the Idea Logical Blog about 3 new eBook platforms – Google Editions, blio, and Copia.  The author, Mike Shatzkin, discusses each of the readers angles, pricing, content, and challenges.  Shatzkin’s final take, “So I think we can expect a multi-player ebook market, with some incompatible formats and a lot of incompatible DRM […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · DRM · Ebook Readers · Formats · Google Books · New Products · Publishing · Vendor News

Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) Meeting Summary – ALA Conference

June 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Each Friday before the ALA Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) gets together to have a program and discussion of issues surrounding reference publishing.  The ALA Annual meeting was no exception.  A large group of publishers and librarians gathered to figure out, “how did we get here?”  A panel of librarians, LIS instructors, reference […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Public Libraries · Publishing · Reference Publishing · School Libraries