There have been several blog posts this week about using the BlueFire Reader application to download eBooks from library collections to various iOS devices. Josh Hadro from Library Journal has a great post with step-by-step instructions and screen shots. Other posts, not as detailed as Josh’s, include:
Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers. Ken is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and offered a great deal of information during the interview. It’s about 25 minutes in length, so I strongly encourage you to download the file before listening due to it’s size. Ken provided us with a great list of resources for various aspects of eBook accessibility, which are below. Thanks Ken!
Below is the press release from K-NFB announcing the official availability of the blio reader for Windows. There’s been a lot of chatter on twitter today about reviews, download issues, complaints from MAC users, etc. The CNET coverage of blio is worth a look. For a more colorful review, try The Digital Reader. KNFB responded the next day – first day jitters.
I had some download issues of my own, the attempted download froze up Firefox two times, so I had to revert to IE, which worked just fine. I also noticed in the small print on the blio site than an accessible version will be out in October. So, MAC users and those requiring the accessible version will have to wait for the blio experience. Continue reading
Received this email from Ingram today: Ingram’s VitalSource launches Bookshelf® application for iPad™, iPhone®, and iPod Touch®—now offers three ways to access content
LA VERGNE, TN – Vital Source Technologies, Inc., the leading e-textbook solution provider for publishers, academic institutions and students today announced the availability of the VitalSource Bookshelf application for Apple’s iPad™, iPhone®, and iPod Touch®.
The wait is finally over, well only if you own a Windows based device, for the blio reader from K-NFB and it’s partner Baker and Taylor. There is a full story in Business Wire, but the highlights include:
- free to download
- available immediately (Sept. 28th) for all Windows-based devices
- applications for iOS and Android operating systems following soon after
- full-color, interactive and immersive content
- today’s best-sellers as well as rich media content that’s simply not available on e-ink e-readers
- B & T signed over a hundred publishers Continue reading
I attended the Digital Book World/Aptara webinar today -eBooks vs. Apps: The Pros, Cons, and Possibilities. My notes are below, summarizing the content. Very interesting webinar and some really good content, eye opening for a librarian to see what features are being discussed for enhanced ebooks, brings back memories of interfaces past and present. Slides are available – definitely look at the comparison chart, discussed below.
Speakers: Eric Freese, Pablo Defendini and Peter Costanzo; Moderator: Guy LeCharles Gonzalez
enhanced ebooks – are easier to develop because it the preparation of a data file, usually less expensive, based on a standard, interoperable because they are built on EPUB, but some vendors will wrap DRM around them making them slightly inoperable.
apps – are programs specifically written for a platform and interoperability cannot be guaranteed; easier for the functionality to be successful by it required custom development expertise. Continue reading