New Audio Interview with Erik Christopher, Blackwell

September 8th, 2009 · Comments Off

Spoke with Erik Christopher, Digital Services Sales Manager at Blackwell about their Collection Manager System for eBooks.  Blackwell is partnered with EBL, ebrary, and Ingram Digital.  Erik’s interview is linked from the NSR interviews page, one of many in our series. For more information on this product, I’ve attached a pdf of Blackwell’s Collection Manager.  […]

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · Interviews · Vendor News

Libraries, are you feeling the love?

August 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

As was reported earlier, Sony and Overdrive have partnered to promote library e-book collections.  Sony seems to be embracing the library world as its competitive edge.  Why would one want to buy a Kindle and then have to buy content when you can buy a Sony and borrow much content for free? It’s unlikely that […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · Library News · Vendor News

Swetswise Webinar Summary

August 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

I attended a Swets webinar about efficiently acquiring R & D eBooks for the library.  I got a quick glance at the Swets interface, due to launch this January.  They will have eBook title metadata and TOC loaded with ISBNs (and ISBN13) from a variety of publishers (no list available just yet).  Search features look […]

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Blackwell Webinars for Librarians

August 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

Those of you with Blackwell Services, or interested in Blackwell Services, may want to consider attending one of their webinars on connecting electronic resources to ebook aggregators like ebrary, EBL, and Myilibrary.  They have a webinar this Wednesday, August 19th to demonstrate the Infotools option in ebrary, at 11:00 PDT.  Please contact Erik Christopher for […]

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Is it possible to donate an eBook to the library?

May 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Roger Sperberg wrote an interesting piece, “How to give away an ebook after you’ve read it” in the Teleread blog.  He discusses the idea of patrons purchasing an ebook to read for themselves and donating it to the library when they are finished.  Roger states, “If I buy an ebook of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · DRM · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Patron Driven Acquisition

EBL adds new publishers

May 1st, 2009 · Comments Off

EBL just announced the addition of new publishers to their platform.  They include: * Harvard Health Publications * Continuum International Publishing Group * Ashgate Publishing Group * Spinifex Press (Australian publisher) * Hindawi Publishing Corporation * Perseus Books

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Tags: Vendor News

Interview with Kari Paulson, President of EBL

April 20th, 2009 · Comments Off

We’ve posted a new interview to our interviews page.  This time, it’s with Kari Paulson, President of EBL.  In this interview, Kari discusses various business models offered by EBL and unique features of their interface.  She references some case studies that were done by CERN and Swinburne University.  Kari’s interview adds to NSR’s collection of […]

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EBL titles on iPhone, iTouch

March 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

From the EBL blog: We’ve recently announced that EBL titles can be downloaded to the Sony Reader, but did you know that EBL’s new reader is already accessible on an iPhone and iPod Touch? Patrons can access EBL  titles on their iPhone or iPod Touch through the normal webpages.  The image view in the reader […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Mobile Devices · Vendor News

Patron Initiated Purchasing at ACRL

March 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Thanks to the 100+ Librarians who attended our ACRL session on Patron Initiated Purchasing.  During the presentation, Alice and I surveyed the attendees, using audience response systems.  These results have been posted to the ACRL Virtual Conference.  In a nutshell: 85% of you have collection development responsibilities 94% purchase ebooks 61% were familiar with patron […]

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Reference Publishers Debate Single Platform

February 3rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

On the Friday of the ALAMW Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group met for a panel presentation/discussion on using one single platform to host all reference content.  It was an interesting discussion.  I’ve summarized the panel in my notes below. Independent Reference Publishers Group Meeting Friday, January 23, 2009 Representatives from the following organizations were […]

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