This just in from a new entrant into the ebook arena: Total Boox, an Israeli-based company, has announced today the launch of its ebook product bearing the same name. Highlights include simultaneous access, no waiting lines, no up-front payment for books, patrons’ interest driving purchases, affordable metered reading, and, perhaps the most interesting part: ownership of each title (or portions of the title read) that the library purchases is transferred to the patron — indefinitely. Full details are provided in the press release below.
Stay tuned for Sue Polanka’s upcoming audio interview with President and Founder of Total Boox, Yoav Lorch, who will shed more light on the product and the company behind it.
Meanwhile, a November 2013 article featured in Publishers Weekly [bit.ly/1drVBJ1] is a good place to start for more context on the business model. It also gives more details about Total Boox’s pilot with Westchester Library System in New York.
Total Boox Launches and Announces Pilot with Westchester Library System
A new, cutting-edge ebook service brings more reading for patrons and more efficient use of library budgets.
January 21, 2014 (New York, Tel Aviv) — Total Boox, Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of Total Boox for Libraries, a cutting-edge ebook service designed to give patrons a new digital reading experience, while giving libraries full control of their budget. Thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles are available for instant download—with no waiting lines—and patron access to them never expires. Whether patrons read online or offline and whether they read one page, a chapter, or an entire ebook, libraries only pay for the content they read. Continue reading
Months in the making, ALA’ Library Technology Report (Volume 49, Issue 3) on ebook platforms for libraries is finally out.
Note from author Mirela Roncevic: “Librarians, I hope you find the comparative tables useful and the vast landscape of ebooks a bit less daunting after having read this report. Library vendors, I hope you benefit from the insight into how your products compare to others and how you can continue to improve their functionalities and business models.
Thank you to all the publishers, aggregators, and distributors who participated in the survey and supplied requested information. A heartfelt thank you to the team at ALA TechSource for supporting the project. Looking forward to future collaborations.” Continue reading
I am in the midst of developing a library technology report for ALA TechSource (a unit of the publishing department of the American Library Association), due out in the Spring of 2013. The focus: ebook platforms in libraries. As I am amassing information about various products from publishers and aggregators on the specifics of each platform, I’ve decided to open it up to a broader audience in the early stages of the writing process and obtain feedback from all who may benefit.
Publishers and aggregators: Please take a moment to read the proposed contents of the report (below) and let me know where your products fit and why. I plan to cover a variety of resources.
Librarians: What are your main frustrations when selecting ebook platforms? Please take a moment to consider if the details I plan to include about each product will help you make informed purchasing decisions.
I’ll be accepting suggestions through the end of November. Thanks for speaking your mind. It matters.
MR Continue reading