Articles of Interest

October 21st, 2010 · Comments Off

I missed this last Friday, sorry for the long list. PA sets out restrictions on library e-book lending | UK Publishers Association sets out restrictions on ebook lending – stupid! Specter of e-book piracy looms large on horizon If Libraries are Screwed, so are the Rest of Us | Digital Book World How five […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · EPUB · Formats · Google Books · Interfaces/Platforms · Lending Readers · Public Libraries · Publishing · School Libraries · Textbooks · Vendor News

Self-Publishing Company, Infinity Publishing, to Distribute eBooks via SONY Reader Store

September 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

I’m posting this because the COSLA report and some of the speakers at the eBook Summit yesterday believe that libraries should become self-publishers in an effort to increase their viability in the community and bring the community to the 21st century world.  Infinity is a vibrant, self-publishing company.  Perhaps we can learn something or start […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Press Releases · Print on demand · Publishing · Self Publishing · Vendor News

SONY’s Reader Library Program – But can they loan the devices?

September 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

Great news from SONY.  They just announced 30 libraries across the country who will participate with them in the SONY Reader Library Program.  It’s truly wonderful to see an eBook reader company reaching out to libraries to promote and encourage the use of the eBooks.  What is unclear, however, is whether the program encourages libraries […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Lending Readers · Library News · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Vendor News

Public Libraries, Why aren’t you lending nook, Kobo, COOL-ER and SONY eReaders?

September 22nd, 2010 · 10 Comments

I’m really curious about this, and reading a blog post from the Librarian in Black, which summarized a library futures event has gotten me even more curious. Most public libraries who are lending eBook readers (at least those in the news) are loaning Kindles.  Why aren’t they lending nook, Kobo, COOL-ER, and SONY readers?  Kindle […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Lending Readers · Library News · Public Libraries · Publishing

OverDrive will demo digital downloads at National Book Festival

September 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

From an OverDrive press release: OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile ( will demonstrate digital book downloads available from America’s public libraries at the 2010 National Book Festival ( 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

New Book About eBooks in Libraries – Release in August

August 2nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

I’m thrilled to inform you that No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries will be released in late August.  This edited book, published by ALA Editions, discusses a variety of eBook topics for school, public, and academic libraries.  Since I have a bit of clout with the publisher, I’m able to release the TOC and introduction […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · EPUB · Formats · Library News · Marketing · New Products · NSR Info · Preservation · Public Libraries · Publishing · School Libraries

Demographics of an Audiobook User

July 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

Overdrive conducted a study of public library users of audiobooks, surveying 5 of their busiest sites.  The results concluded that audiobook listeners were: 74% of users are female, between the ages of 30-59. Nearly 70% have a college and/or postgraduate degree. 60% learned about the download service from the library’s website (if our past blog […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Ebook Readers · Public Libraries · Surveys/Statistics

OverDrive Audiobook App Now Available in Android Market

February 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

from an OverDrive Press Release: OverDrive Audiobook App Now Available in Android™ Market Android app enables wireless audiobook downloads from libraries and booksellers Cleveland, OH – February 11, 2010 – OverDrive (, the leading global distributor of audiobooks and eBooks to libraries and retailers, announced that its audiobook app for Android™ is now out of […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Ebook Readers · Mobile Devices · Press Releases · Vendor News

2010 Horizon Report – eBooks top technology

February 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

For the last 7 years the New Media consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative have collaborated on the Horizon Report.  The report identifies key trends in higher education, critical challenges, and selects 6 technologies to watch.  Ebooks have made the top 6 technologies, in the mid-term horizon, which means 2 – 3 years for widespread adoption.   […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks

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