I’m a big fan of Douglas County Libraries. They are innovative trail blazers. This press release from December 27, 2012 is another example of their innovation. They are partnering with Impelsys to create an acquisitions dashboard. This sounds similar to the dashboards available at other vendors, where a publisher can send all title metadata and the DCL collections staff can browse, search, and purchase needed titles. The product will be available to other libraries after beta testing. Here is more from the DCL press release:
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) in Colorado is testing a new acquisitions dashboard developed in partnership with Impelsys, a company that works with publishers to deliver and market eContent.
The dashboard will allow DCL’s collection development and acquisitions staff to receive new title metadata directly from DCL’s publisher partners. A publisher new to the DCL family of partners could upload its entire catalog to the dashboard, which facilitates easy receipt and assessment of item records, cover art, subjects, prices, etc. Continue reading
From an iPublishCentral press release: Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization that produces Sesame Street, and Impelsys today announced the launch of the Sesame Street eBookstore iPad app. The app provides access to more than 150 Sesame Street eBooks, which are also available via an online subscription at http://ebooks.sesamestreet.org/.
The app is available for free in Apple’s App Store. Users can browse title selection free of charge. To read all eBook titles, the app invites users to subscribe to either one month of full access for $3.99 or one year of unlimited access for $39.99. Current subscribers of the Sesame Street eBookstore can use the app to access their bookshelf with an iPad and will not need to make an additional subscription purchase.
The app was just released this month and quickly rocketed into the Top 10 Free Apps in the “Books” category on Apple’s iTunes store. Continue reading
Elmo, Abby, and Grover are into eBooks! Partnering with Impelsys and the iPublishCentral platform, more than 100 Sesame Street eBooks are available with unlimited access for an annual subscription of $40 per year.
Some features of the educational and playful titles include: read along features, audio books, interactivity, full-color animation, auto-play options, and text highlighting. More information can be found at www.ebooks.sesamestreet.org
Day One, TOC Conference, about 1200 attendees in the North and South Ballrooms of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Good lineup for keynotes this morning including: Peter Collingridge with Enhanced Editions, William Patry with Google, Skip Prichard from Ingram Content Group, Sameer Shariff from Impelsys, and Arianna Huffington from the Huffington Post.
Andrew Savikas, Program Chair started us off with intros.
Highlights are below from each speaker. Continue reading
In an August 25th press release the American Medical Association announced it’s eBook strategy. They launched an eBook portal, hosted on iPublishCentral from Impelsys. The platform will allow publishers to provide both formats – e and p to users. Apparently the platform will have the look/feel of the traditional pages of the print book, but with value added features like access anywhere, searching, bookmarking, and “user personalization.”