Articles of Interest

December 13th, 2010 · Comments Off

States redefine textbooks to include digital format, Simba report finds New BookReader on the Internet Archive Google’s “Open” Books: Don’t believe the rhetoric behind the search company’s new Kindle rival Global e-reader sales to reach 6.6m 2010 – Gartner – 12/9/2010 – Electronics Weekly Long-Awaited Google eBookstore Launches Kindle For The Web Lets Web Sites […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · Google Books · Textbooks · Vendor News

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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Tags: Academic Libraries · EPUB · Formats · Library News · Marketing · New Products · NSR Info · Preservation · Public Libraries · Publishing · School Libraries

Public Libraries and the Future of E-books: COSLA Report

July 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

COSLA, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, conducted a study on the future of eBooks and eBook readers in public library.  Their findings and suggestions: low cost, library friendly devices will not be a problem improve library purchasing power through consortia pursue eReader certification by libraries investigate discovery services like Internet Archive’s Book Server […]

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World eBook Fair in Full Swing

July 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The World eBook Fair, sponsored by Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive , World Public Library, and a multitude of others is in full swing, now until August 4th.  This is the 5th annual fair, with over 3.5 million free PDF eBooks available for download. Access is free for one month, after which users are encouraged to […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Vendor News offers thousands of free eBook downloads

July 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

Great article in the WSJ from June 29th summarizing the Internet Archive’s initiative for  The IA along with several libraries, plans to digitize and make available thousands of eBooks for public download to a PC/MAC or reading device.  According to the WSJ article, “with its latest project, the organization is making inroads into the […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Discovery · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · New Products · Press Releases

Symposium on Economics of Sustaining Digital Information

February 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off

Received this information from an OCLC Press Release: Blue Ribbon Task Force to Host Symposium on Economics of Sustaining Digital Information Government, Industry, Academic Leaders Featured in Public “Conversation” April 1, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access (BRTF-SDPA) will hold a one-day symposium convening a diverse […]

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Comments on Google Book Search Settlement Coming to a Head (Again)

September 4th, 2009 · Comments Off

Originally Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2009, at 2:40 pm, by Peter Murray.  For best linking results, go to Peter’s original post. Ah, it is the beginning of September when thoughts turn to going back to school, the days turn a little colder (in the northern hemisphere) and the smell of lawsuit briefs is in […]

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Tags: Google Books · Press Releases

eBook Fair – 2 million free eBooks

July 6th, 2009 · Comments Off

The World eBook Fair runs from July 4th to August 4th, 2009.  The goal of the fair is to provide FREE public access to 2 million eBooks for one month.  Sponsors include Project Gutenberg, World Public Library,, Internet Archive, and more. After the fair, readers may continue to access about 1/2 million ebooks for […]

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Google Book Search Settlement

May 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Posting on behalf of Peter Murray, OhioLINK, full post at: Today was to be the deadline for objecting to, opting out of, and/or filing briefs with the court on the Google Book Search Settlement. That was the plan, at least, when the preliminary approval statement from the court was issued last year. That deadline […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Google Books

Free Digital Texts (Audio, live music, and moving images too) – Internet Archive

July 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off

From the Internet Archive site:  The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. Text Archives are:  Free to read, download, print, and enjoy. Some have restrictions on bulk re-use and […]

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