Digital Textbooks and Open Educational Resources – Summary of SOCHE Think TV session

May 3rd, 2011 · 3 Comments

On Tuesday, May 3rd I recorded a 15 minute segment for the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education on Think TV, the local public television station in Dayton, Ohio.  My topic was the rise of digital textbooks and options available for students and faculty to access and produce textbooks and learning materials.  Below is a […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Open Access · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks

No Way! Kindle owners CAN borrow books from public libraries

April 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments

I never thought I’d see the day!  Great news Amazon and OverDrive. News release from Kindle here. From a Publishers Weekly article:  Amazon announced this morning that Kindle owners will soon be able to borrow books from public libraries. Working with vendor OverDrive, which manages e-book lending for the vast majority of public libraries, the […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Lending Readers · Library News · Mobile Devices · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

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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Tags: Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

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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Tags: Academic Libraries · Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Library News

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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Tags: Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Mobile Devices · New Products · Press Releases · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

200% increase in eBook checkouts from OverDrive virtual libraries….and more stats

January 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive press release:  Libraries and schools worldwide were at the forefront of the eBook boom in 2010, as patrons and students downloaded millions of digital books for iPhone®, Android™, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, and personal computers. More than one million new users signed on to access free eBooks, audiobooks, and more from ‘Virtual Branch’ […]

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

OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android enable direct library downloads

January 5th, 2011 · Comments Off

OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) has released apps for iPhone® and Android™ that enable users to download library eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices for the first time. The free apps include a “Get Books” feature that guides users to their local library’s digital catalog of best-selling and new release titles, allowing them to easily browse, check […]

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

Accessibility and eBooks – Resources and an Interview

October 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Accessibility · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Interviews · Publishing

blio available for download today – mixed reviews

September 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · New Products · Press Releases · Vendor News

OverDrive will demo digital downloads at National Book Festival

September 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive press release: OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will demonstrate digital book downloads available from America’s public libraries at the 2010 National Book Festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) on Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This high-tech 18-wheeler and mobile exhibit offers hands-on demonstrations of download services […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Vendor News