OverDrive’s Gutenberg Project now LIVE

November 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

Big news fom the Digital Library blog at OverDrive about their pilot project with Project Gutenberg records – it’s live and available for libraries.  From the blog post:  OverDrive’s Project Gutenberg eBook collection, featuring over 15,000 EPUB titles that are free to your library and to your customers, is out of beta and available on more […]

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Charleston Conference – Open Textbooks Model & Library Involvement

November 4th, 2010 · Comments Off

Jeff Shelstad, Founder and CEO of FlatWorld Knowledge spoke first. Jeff provided some stats on higher education: 19.1 million students in 2010 in college $850 avg spent on textbook so, it’s about a 10billion industry Cengage, Pearson, McGraw-Hill are the big 3 publishers along with many other small ones Problem is that the industry has outworn […]

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50 Benefits of eBooks – New Edition

October 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Michael Pastore has released a revised and expanded edition of his book – 50 Benefits of eBooks.  It is packed with information about how to understand, and enjoy, the digital reading revolution. The book, soon to be released as a 368-page paperback, is now available in ebook editions which contain all the same information as […]

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Accessibility and eBooks – Resources and an Interview

October 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers.  Ken is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and offered a great deal of information during the interview.  It’s about 25 minutes in length, so I […]

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Much awaited blio reader to launch Windows version on September 28th

September 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The wait is finally over, well only if you own a Windows based device, for the blio reader from K-NFB and it’s partner Baker and Taylor.  There is a full story in Business Wire, but the highlights include: free to download available immediately (Sept. 28th) for all Windows-based devices applications for iOS and Android operating […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Audio Books · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Press Releases · Vendor News

O’Reilly Media offers DAISY formats in ebook bundles

September 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

From an O’Reilly Media press release: For years O’Reilly Media has supplied digital files of our books to Bookshare, a non-profit that provides accessible reading material to the print disabled. For qualifying readers, these ebooks are made available worldwide. And now, through a collaboration with Bookshare, we’ve started making the easy-access DAISY (Digital Accessible Information […]

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Tags: Accessibility · Audio Books · DRM · EPUB · Formats · New Products · Press Releases · Publishing · Vendor News

Articles of Interest

August 27th, 2010 · Comments Off

Hot reads this week.  Here’s a list of some good ones: New from Bowker: Selection of Statistics from Consumer-Focused Research Report for Book Industry « ResourceShelf The digital era has not made publishers defunct Kobo Now Supports ePub and PDF files Google Book Search beneficial to publishing industry, study shows The ABC’s of E-Reading – […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Publishing · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks · Vendor News

EPUB Straight to the Point – Book Review

August 11th, 2010 · Comments Off

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a new book by Elizabeth Castro called EPUB Straight to the Point, which was brought to my attention by Michael Pastore of Zorba Press and Epublishers Weekly.  Michael, author of 50 Benefits of Ebooks, just completed a full review of this new EPUB title and emailed the […]

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Get Your Gutenberg in Your OverDrive

August 10th, 2010 · Comments Off

Last Friday, the Boston Public Library added 15,000 Project Gutenberg books to it’s virtual library, supported by OverDrive.  This new project between OverDrive and Project Gutenberg is currently in beta and allows libraries to provide access to these public domain titles at no charge.  The titles are DRM free EPub books and users will not […]

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New Book About eBooks in Libraries – Release in August

August 2nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

I’m thrilled to inform you that No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries will be released in late August.  This edited book, published by ALA Editions, discusses a variety of eBook topics for school, public, and academic libraries.  Since I have a bit of clout with the publisher, I’m able to release the TOC and introduction […]

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