Argentine Library Association Conference -eBook Highlights

April 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Today I presented at the Argentine Library Association Conference about ebooks in US Libraries, thanks to an invitation from the American Embassy (in Buenos Aires) Information Resource Center.  I offered information about purchasing and accessing eBooks and about lending eReaders in libraries.  But, I learned quite a bit in return!  For example, no one who […]

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Articles of Interest

April 15th, 2011 · Comments Off

eBook Tops All Trade Publishing Categories in February – eBookNewser World Book Mobile Launched Libraries and E-Content: Toward a More Universal Design Copyright Office submission to Congress: analysis of digitization and legal framework of the Google case David Rothman speculates On A Two Part National Digital Library More Graphic Textbooks from Flat World Knowledge The […]

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OverDrive releases the Media console app for BlackBerry

April 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct EPUB eBook downloads on BlackBerry® mobile devices with the free OverDrive® Media Console™ app for BlackBerry. Users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide can wirelessly download and enjoy EPUB eBooks, as well as MP3 audiobooks, on their BlackBerry devices. Libraries offer best-selling titles, such as “The Social […]

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Sesame Street eBookstore iPad app launched

March 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

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 The app is available for free in […]

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Pearson and McGraw Hill invest in Inkling

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off

The New York Times reported that Inkling, an interactive textbook development company who make textbooks for the iPad, has received funding from two large textbook publishers, Pearson and McGraw Hill. From the article: “The amount invested by Pearson and McGraw-Hill, among the biggest textbook publishers, was not disclosed. Inkling’s total investment to date, including money […]

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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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Digipalooza III to be held July 28-31, 2011

March 18th, 2011 · Comments Off

From OverDrive (note one of the sponsors at the bottom):  Public and school librarians from around the world will come together with publishing industry leaders at OverDrive’s third international user group conference, Digipalooza (, July 28-31, 2011, in Cleveland. Held every two years, this four-day educational and networking conference will address the massive surge in […]

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The Future of Academic Reading – BGSU Discussion

March 14th, 2011 · Comments Off

Today I attended a discussion at Bowling Green State University on the future of academic reading.  It was a day long session involving a panel discussion of students and faculty, along with Amy Pawlowski, the Web Applications Manager at the Cleveland Public Library and myself as respondents. The panelists were mostly upper-class and graduate students, […]

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Articles of Interest

March 11th, 2011 · Comments Off

Where Do Libraries Fit in the Ebook Ecosystem? | Digital Book World The rise of the 99-cent Kindle e-book – CNET News The New Economics of the University Press — A Report from the AAUP Ohio System teams with Flat World Knowledge on free digital textbooks Interview with Ingram’s Skip Prichard Iowa to Launch Statewide […]

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Articles of Interest

February 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

McGraw-Hill’s iPad-enhanced ebooks by Inkling Could the Kindle be free by the end of the year? Barnes & Noble claims 25% of US e-book market share David Rothman promotes the National Digital Library on the Chronicle of Higher Education Go To Hellman: HarperCollins and the Suspension of eBook … Podcast: The Future of the Textbook, […]

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