Open Access eBooks, Part 3

May 9th, 2011 · Comments Off

From Eric Hellman’s Go To Hellman blog.  Please offer your comments to Eric at the Go To Hellman blog. Here’s the third section of my draft of a book chapter for a book edited by No Shelf Required‘s Sue Polanka. I previously posted the introduction; and What does Open Access mean for eBooks subsequent posts […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · EPUB · Formats · Open Access · Print on demand · Publishing · 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

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

Library Journal Publishes Library eBook Survey Results – Sample Data Here

February 9th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Last summer, Library Journal and School Library Journal conducted an eBook survey for libraries.  The survey was designed to measure current and projected ebook availability in libraries, user preferences in terms of access and subjects, and library purchasing terms and influences.  They included an academic, public, and school library version of the survey.  Hundreds of […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · Lending Readers · Library News · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Surveys/Statistics

Why Amazon will never work with libraries

January 29th, 2011 · Comments Off

Very interesting blog post at ireaderreview.com on why Amazon will never work with libraries.  The blog is not an official Kindle site, and the writer is portraying his views from a big business perspective, so keep this in mind before you shoot through the roof with anger, librarians.  The comments are colorful as well, and […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · DRM · Ebook Readers · Lending Readers · Library News · Public Libraries · School Libraries

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

Primary Research Group releases Library Use of eBooks 2011 Edition

November 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

For those of you interested in eBook statistics related to libraries, this looks like a good candidate. Primary Research Group has published Library Use of eBooks 2011 Edition, ISBN # 157440-157-2. The report presents 145 pages of data and commentary on a broad range of eBook issues, including: spending on eBooks in 2010 and anticipated […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Library News · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Surveys/Statistics

Building an eReader Collection, the Duke University Library experience

November 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I attended this fabulous and informative session during the Charleston Conference on building an eReader collection by Aisha Harvey, Nancy Gibbs, and Natalie Sommerville of Duke University Libraries.  I wanted to run my notes past the presenters first, to ensure accuracy, thus the tardiness of this post. First and foremost, according to the librarians, the […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Lending Readers · Library News · Marketing