Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, Google Books remove in-app purchasing from iOS apps

July 25th, 2011 · Comments Off

Apple’s new in-app selling rules are in effect, requiring retailers to give Apple 30% of revenues from book sales.  As a result, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Google Books have stopped selling books through their apps.  SONY’s app was rejected back in February for the same reasons.  There’s lots of news coverage, a few […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

EBSCO Publishing launches mobile applications

May 12th, 2011 · Comments Off

I received an email today from Kathleen McEvoy at EBSCO Publishing.  They are beginning to release mobile applications, the first for the iOS.  eBook reading applications will follow (see last line below). More information is also available in the press release. From the email: The new iPhone app is available free from the iTunes App […]

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OverDrive Apps for Android and iOS Updated

April 20th, 2011 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive blog post: OverDrive has made some enhancements to the apps for Android and iOS.  They include: OverDrive Media Console for Android (v2.2) Sepia display option for eBooks Screen-dimming override for eBooks Faster EPUB performance Sleep timer for audiobooks OverDrive Media Console for iPhone/iPad (v2.2.1) Orientation lock for eBooks Night mode and sepia […]

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CIL Conference – Ebook Publishing: Practices & Challenges

March 22nd, 2011 · 2 Comments

This panel discussion was moderated by Dick Kaser from Information Today.  Speakers included Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing, Leslie Lees, ebrary, Bob Nardini, Ingram, and Mike Shontz, OverDrive. Each panelist had 5 minutes to discuss who they serve and business models they offer. Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing Ken reflected back to 1997 – common themes from […]

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OverDrive Media Console app for iPad – direct library eBook & audiobook downloads

February 17th, 2011 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive Press Release: Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct eBook downloads on the iPad® with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app. The optimized app enables users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide to wirelessly download and enjoy eBooks and digital audiobooks from a local library on the Apple® device. Popular and […]

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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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Access My Library Android Apps now Available

February 8th, 2011 · Comments Off

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced the College and School editions of the AccessMyLibrary Android applications, which join the AccessMyLibrary School Edition application for the iPad that became available in early January. These latest additions complete Gale’s extensive line-up of AccessMyLibrary (AML) applications, which make Gale library resources accessible on the go from all major […]

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OverDrive Updates Media Console apps for iPhone and Android, enables one-click for Gutenberg titles

January 26th, 2011 · Comments Off

Yesterday, OverDrive released updates to the OverDrive Media Console apps for iPhone (iOS) and Android, which include the addition of one-click, automatic downloads and other enhancements to user experience. At the same time, they’ve updated the mobile ‘Virtual Branch’ sites for libraries with a Project Gutenberg collection, enabling access to the 15,000 DRM-free EPUB  eBooks […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

SciVerse ScienceDirect app for iPhone, iPod, iPad

December 13th, 2010 · Comments Off

Elsevier is now offering a mobile app for iOS, including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.  It’s a free download from the iTunes store. From an Elsevier email: Did you know? Users of SciVerse ScienceDirect and Scopus can now search for and download peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters from their iPhone They can also be […]

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More Content Added to WorldCat Local

December 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off

From an OCLC Press Release:  In addition to the 200 million records contributed by OCLC member libraries worldwide, 500 million items from leading publishers, aggregators and mass digitization efforts are also now accessible through WorldCat Local. OCLC has recently added content to WorldCat Local from EBSCO; Gale, part of Cengage Learning; Modern Language Association; ProQuest […]

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