Argentine Library Association Conference -eBook Highlights

April 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Today I presented at the Argentine Library Association Conference about ebooks in US Libraries, thanks to an invitation from the American Embassy (in Buenos Aires) Information Resource Center.  I offered information about purchasing and accessing eBooks and about lending eReaders in libraries.  But, I learned quite a bit in return!  For example, no one who […]

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Calibre Launches Open Books – DRM Free eBooks

March 10th, 2011 · Comments Off

calibre recently introduced Open Books, a site for easy browsing of DRM-free e-books (e-books without DRM) that are not in the public domain. From their website:  calibre has a cornucopia of features including library management, e-book conversion, syncing with devices, news download, e-book viewing etc, but to make the most of these features with your […]

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TOC – Margaret Atwood Keynote

February 15th, 2011 · Comments Off

Margaret Atwood provided a keynote at TOC called, “The Publishing Pie: An Author’s View” Margaret admitted she is not a high tech person, but delivered her genuine, humorous keynote from the heart. She shared much of her experience with publishing, showing us rare pieces of her previous work, including her first book of poetry from […]

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Opening the eBook Market

February 8th, 2011 · Comments Off

Reprinted in full from One Librarian’s Perspective, by Tim Kambitsch, Director of the Dayton Metro Library. It is fashionable to declared Digital Rights Management (DRM) dead. And maybe in the world of music it is. For eBooks in the library marketplace, however, DRM is alive and well. The book publishers who may be more conservative […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Lending Readers · Library News · Public Libraries · School Libraries

Charleston Conference – Mobile Reference Apps

November 4th, 2010 · Comments Off

Casper Grathwohl from Oxford University Press and Kassidy Lackey from Handmark spoke about mobile applications for reference tools.  Casper provided examples of several vendor-based apps like Gale’s AccessMyLibrary, university library mobile apps, and some apps designed for OUP.  OUP has 85 apps, which cover a variety of reference subjects.  These are marketed mostly to the […]

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2 million images in Britannica’s Image Quest

October 21st, 2010 · Comments Off

From an Encyclopaedia Britannica Press Release:  Students and teachers who need photos and other images for research, papers and projects can now find them easily and conveniently in Britannica Image Quest, a new online database from Britannica Digital Learning.  The Web site, which is now available to schools, universities and libraries, currently provides images from […]

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New Articles of Interest

September 24th, 2010 · Comments Off

For your weekend reading pleasure: ModernBookFactory.com: The First Complete Online Audiobook Production and App Development Service for Independent Publishers and Authors Ebooks: the future is now – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Imagining the Dream e-Tool for Education and Training – Scholarly Kitchen And the Best File Format for Open Textbook Publishing Is . . […]

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Articles of Interest

September 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

A Truly Bookless Library – Inside Higher Ed IBooks App more popular than Facebook and Twitter Finding the Best Way to Read Books on an iPad How to Digitize Your Textbooks E-reader roundup: 8 devices compete for the crown Arizona State University Is Bringing Kindles And YA eBooks To Library Dynamic Books, College Open Textbooks […]

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OverDrive will demo digital downloads at National Book Festival

September 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive press release: OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will demonstrate digital book downloads available from America’s public libraries at the 2010 National Book Festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) on Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This high-tech 18-wheeler and mobile exhibit offers hands-on demonstrations of download services […]

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Beyond The Book Podcast: The Future of Independent Publishing

June 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

There is a new podcast from Copyright Clearance Center’s Beyond the Book, which features an interview with Executive Director of Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN) Scott Flora and Winoca Books  & Media founder Barbara Brannon. In a pointed discussion on the future of independent publishing, Flora emphasizes SPAN’s mission to create a new, […]

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