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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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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TOC – Publisher CTO Panel, the future of ebook technology, TeleRead

February 15th, 2011 · Comments Off

Summary of Tools of Change session, reprinted in full from Teleread.com by Paul Biba Bill Godfrey (Elsevier), Rich Rothstein (HarperCollins Publishers), Andrew Savikas (O’Reilly Media, Inc.)Moderated by: Abe Murray (Google, Inc. ) Savikas: first foray in 1987. Stared with cd books and online books in 2001, which was first substantial digital presence. Wish is that […]

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TOC – EPUB 3 Update

February 15th, 2011 · Comments Off

EPUB 3 update panel included Robert Kasher (Book Masters), Keith Fahlgren (Threepress Consulting Inc.), George Kerscher (Daisy Consortium), Bill Kasdorf (Apex Content Solutions) EPUB 3 was just announced this morning by the IDPF.  The final draft of standard being readied for release at BEA 2011.  http://idpf.org/epub/30 – public release of standard here, ready for comment, looking for lots […]

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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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Two studies released – Library Use of eBooks & eBook Impact on Publishers

December 9th, 2010 · 1 Comment

There have been lots of surveys floating around about eBooks this past year.  Two of those surveys released results in the last couple of weeks. The first was done by the Primary Research Group, Library Use of Ebooks, 2011 Edition. This is available for purchase ($89) and includes data on library spending and contracts for […]

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Ohio’s Public Library eBook Project

November 19th, 2010 · Comments Off

I attended the Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians Conference today and one of the speakers was Nicole Merriman from the State Library of Ohio.  Nicole provided details on the Ohio eBook Project, a statewide public library consortium purchasing eBooks and audio books through OverDrive.  Academic and school libraries are not able to join the program […]

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OverDrive eBook app for the iPhone – Sneak Peak

November 9th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Today OverDrive posted a Video Sneak Preview of their upcoming eBook app for iPhone. Check it out at the following: Digital Library Blog Post: http://overdriveblogs.com/library/2010/11/09/sneak-preview-overdrive-ebook-app-for-iphone/ YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhbV3phZ-N4 The app will support OverDrive-supplied EPUB eBooks upon initial release, and will also continue to support OverDrive MP3 audiobooks like previous versions of the OverDrive app for […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Public Libraries · Vendor News