Interview with NetLibrary’s Scott Wasinger about changes to NetLibrary

September 14th, 2010 · Comments Off

Last Friday I had a great discussion with Scott Wasinger, the Senior Director of Sales for eBooks and eAudiobooks for NetLibrary.  Scott and I discussed how EBSCO is implementing the NetLibrary content into the existing EBSCOhost interface, what changes we can expect to see with the Netlibrary interface, new plans for business models, and how […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Audio Books · Business Models/Pricing · Interfaces/Platforms · Interviews · New Products · Vendor News

EBSCO now Offering Text-to-Speech in all Databases

August 26th, 2010 · Comments Off

EBSCO Publishing recently announced the added feature of text-to-speech support for all EBSCOhost® databases. The read aloud function is available at no cost through technology from Texthelp Systems. The functionality allows users to read along while a human-sounding voice speaks the text on the screen. Users have the ability to read-aloud by selected text, sentence, […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Interfaces/Platforms · Publishing · Vendor News

Ask An Aggregator…. Would You?

August 25th, 2010 · 4 Comments

If you had top executives from 4 academic eBook aggregators in the same room, what would you ask them?  Seriously, I need to know.  One of the Lively Lunch sessions at the XXX Annual Charleston Conference is an open forum with academic eBook aggregators from ebrary, EBL, Ingram, and NetLibrary.   I’m looking for suggestions on […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Interfaces/Platforms

66% of Public Libraries in US offering eBooks

August 18th, 2010 · Comments Off

The Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study from ALA’s Office for Research and Statistics just released their 2009-10 statistics.  Included in this report was  U.S. public libraries providing access to ebooks – which was 65.9% A sampling of the % of Libraries Providing E-Books In: Florida–86.9% Hawaii–100% Illinois–46% New York–71% Ohio–83% Oregon–70.8% Washington–48.6 Note: […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Library News · Public Libraries · Surveys/Statistics

eBook platform comparison chart

June 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

I’m not sure how I didn’t find this earlier, but thanks to a colleague, Erik Christopher, I am now aware of the JISC eBook comparison chart. It is available on the JISC site at http://www.jisc-adat.com/adat/adat_ebooks.pl and offers a comparison of up to 7 different eBook platforms including:  Credo Reference, NetLibrary, ebrary, EBL, MyiLibrary, Dawsonera, and Taylor and […]

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · Publishing · Reference Publishing · Surveys/Statistics · Vendor News

Publishers beef up on eBook offerings

May 13th, 2010 · Comments Off

Today’s LJ Academic Newswire reported on Database Marketplace 2010.  They listed several new interfaces and features from eBook publishers.  For the full story, visit the LJ Academic Newswire.

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Interfaces/Platforms · New Products · Public Libraries · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

New Articles of Interest

March 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

I’m way behind on posting links to articles I’ve bookmarked in delicious.  There’s been so much activity in the industry these last few weeks that I can’t keep up.  So, here is a long list of things I’ve found from the past month. Amazon Ups the Anti in eBook Price Wars; Rumors Say Apple is […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Google Books · New Products · Textbooks

The New NetLibrary…..is on EBSCOHost

March 18th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Wow, big news from OCLC and EBSCO yesterday.  NetLibrary and several FirstSearch databases were purchased by EBSCO.  This is very exciting news for eBooks I think.  Soon, the 170,000 plus NetLibrary eBooks (and audiobooks) will be indexed and available on the EBSCOHost platform, as well as remaining on the NetLibrary platform.  No word yet if […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Press Releases · Vendor News

NetLibrary titles compatible with Nook and SONY Daily Edition

January 19th, 2010 · Comments Off

Very cool news from OCLC/NetLibrary.  Their e-books are now compatible with the Nook as well as the new SONY Daily Edition (they were already compatible with the 4 versions of SONY Readers).  This is a real benefit for libraries who are looking for more e-reader options.  It opens up so many potentials for patron downloads […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Mobile Devices · Press Releases · Vendor News

NetLibrary tops 200,000 eBooks, adds 35 new publishers

October 12th, 2009 · Comments Off

Received this press release from Bob Murphy at OCLC: 35 new publishers add more multilingual content to NetLibrary eBook and eAudiobook collections NetLibrary now offers more than 200,000 eBooks and more than 13,000 eAudiobooks from more than 550 publishers More titles, more choices for library users worldwide

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · Press Releases · Reference Publishing · Vendor News