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 collaborating with companies like Infinity Publishing.
Infinity Publishing, a pioneer in self-publishing, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Sony to make Infinity eBooks available for purchase on Sony’s Reader Store™.
Infinity’s eBooks will now be available for sale on Sony’s Reader Store, from which readers can download eBooks in open-standard formats that can be viewed on various eBook reading devices, including Sony’s Reader. Continue reading
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 to lend the SONY devices to patrons. The press release states that devices will be provided for library staff use and patron demonstrations. I hope they won’t stop short of the idea to lend devices to patrons. Here is more information from the SONY Press Release: Continue reading
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 readers are not compatible with any of the library eBook aggregator content and require that libraries purchase titles again, in the Kindle format. But nook, Kobo, COOL-ER, and SONY readers ARE compatible with some OverDrive and NetLibrary titles because they are in Adobe Digital Editions or PDF formats. Am I missing something here? Isn’t is plausible that a public library with large OverDrive and NetLibrary collections could pre-load already purchased content onto a compatible device and lend the device and the title to the patron? The Kobo reader comes loaded with 100 free titles. Many free eBooks can be loaded onto these devices as well (even the Kindle is open to some of these).
Is it the fine print? Is it the content? Or is it lack of knowledge on devices? Your input on this issue is much appreciated.
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 available 24/7 from more than 11,000 libraries worldwide.
Digital Bookmobile visitors will be able to browse a library’s download website; sample eBooks, digital audiobooks, music, and video on interactive PC and Mac® computer stations; learn how to download; and test compatible devices including the Sony® Reader, nook™, iPod®, Zune®, and Smartphones—all loaded with digital titles from the library. Continue reading
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 for your review and consideration. It is below. Of course, it will be available in a variety of eBook formats, and print too. Continue reading
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 posts and training sessions weren’t enough to get you to promote on your website, hopefully this is!)
- 87% listen to audiobooks on an MP3 player, 44% of which are iPod users.
- 33% of users own an eBook reader (e.g., Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble nook)
For those who don’t own an eBook reader, 90% stated that compatibility of eBooks from the library is an important factor.
Hat tip to Resource Shelf
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 (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of audiobooks and eBooks to libraries and retailers, announced that its audiobook app for Android™ is now out of beta and available as a full release. OverDrive’s audiobook app for Android enables users to wirelessly download MP3 audiobooks from more than 10,000 libraries and major online retailers, including Barnesandnoble.com, BooksOnBoard.com, and Borders.com. Major devices, including DROID™ by Motorola®, DROID Eris™, and Nexus One™, can now be used to access OverDrive-supplied MP3 audiobooks on the go. To install OverDrive® Media Console™ for Android v1.0, visit the Android Market on your device or download directly from http://overdrive.com/software/omc. Continue reading
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. The study indicates that 3 obstacles to ebook adoption in higher education are now falling away – availability of titles, capability of readers, and problematic publishing models. According to the report, more publishers are releasing textbook content electronically, ebook readers now have the ability to display graphics, bookmark, annotate, and more, and business models are changing to allow the purchase of the e without the p (and e is simultaneously being released with p).
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 and the use of e-readers by libraries (for circulation). I hope to see other aggregators and publishers following suit and (fingers crossed) adding more textbooks to the mix. The press release from OCLC is below.
NetLibrary eBooks compatible with new Barnes & Noble nook, new ony Daily Edition and other popular eBook readers
140,000 eBook titles available for download to portable devices