Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery – Q/A from Webinar

May 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Last week LJ and Credo Reference sponsored the webinar, Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery.  I had the pleasure of presenting at the webinar with Joe Janes from the University of Washington.  The archive of the webinar is available on the LJ site. Several questions were asked by participants which Joe and I could not […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · New Products · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness – Translation and Social Bookmarking

April 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness database recently upgraded the interface to include two exciting new features – translation and social bookmarking. The translation widget offers content in 50 languages, instantly. Articles can also be shared on Facebook and other social networking sites.  Family and friends will be able to read the full text of the […]

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Reference Publishing · School Libraries · Vendor News

10 Takeaways from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference for Librarians

February 26th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time.  Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and network   about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing.  While much of the information presented was for the publishing industry, I did manage to find several […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Library News · Marketing · Print on demand · Self Publishing · Textbooks

TOC – Tim O’Reilly Keynote

February 24th, 2010 · Comments Off

Tim O’Reilly Keynote Your job as a publisher is to do things for authors that they can’t do for themselves. Remember what you really do, it may not be the cool/sexy stuff, it’s the boring stuff and you have to be good at those things in this era.  If not, someone else will take your […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Marketing

TOC- Who Needs You, Big Publishing?

February 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

TOC – Wednesday keynote - Who Needs You, Big Publishing?  How Authors Can Own Al Rights and Make More Monday – Scott Sigler every word he’s every published is completely free, unabridged, everything – the whole story, he puts the decision process on the consumer to decide if his content is good enough for them to […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Marketing

TOC – Online Marketing, What is Working to Move Units

February 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

TOC – The real title of this presentation is…. So an Author, a Publisher, and a Reader Walk into a Bar…  Feb. 24 Speakers:  Malle Vallik, eHARLEQUIN, and Bob Carlton, LibreDigital Bob and Malle discussed online marketing and what is working to move units. They felt this would be a great conversation in a bar, thus […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Discovery · Ebook Readers · Marketing

Webinar Summary- Consumer Book Trends 2009 – Hosted by Bowker & AAP

December 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

Attended the Bowker/AAP webinar on consumer book trends for 2009.  This focused on Q3 numbers in 2009 with a close look at 2 user groups -  18 – 29 year old males and 30 – 40 year old females.  My notes are below, pardon the typos, was typing fast and furious to catch the data. […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Surveys/Statistics

OverDrive Releases Digital Audiobook Application for Windows Mobile(R)

September 9th, 2009 · Comments Off

A press release from Overdrive, September 9, 2009 First in a Series of Mobile Apps for Over-the-Air Downloading From Booksellers and Libraries (Cleveland, OH) – September 9, 2009 – OverDrive (, the leading global distributor of digital audiobooks and eBooks to libraries and retailers, announced the release of the first in a series of free […]

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Tags: Mobile Devices · Press Releases · Vendor News

DailyLit Tips and Tricks

August 6th, 2009 · Comments Off

Have you tried out DailyLit?  It’s a great ebook site that sends daily installments of books via email or RSS feed.  Here are some tips and tricks they suggest.  TIPS AND TRICKS ON DAILYLIT Here are some useful tips you may not know that can help make DailyLit even easier to use: —Customize: You can completely customize the […]

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Gale’s PowerSearch 2.0 launched with several new features

July 6th, 2009 · Comments Off

Farmington Hills, Mich., June 24, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of PowerSearch 2.0, an enhanced version of the original PowerSearch platform which provides the library community comprehensive access to authoritative reference, periodical and primary source information, providing greater “power to the user.” PowerSearch 2.0 simplifies browsing through Gale’s more […]

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