BISG Study – 7% of eBook downloads are from a library

August 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Book Industry Study Group, along with a variety of corporate sponsors, launched a study in late 2009 about consumer attitudes toward e-book reading.  Consumers were asked a series of questions in Nov. 2009, Jan. 2010 and again in July 2010.  Some initial results were released during a twitter #followreader discussion hosted by O’Reilly TOC.  […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Discovery · DRM · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Surveys/Statistics

New Articles of Interest

June 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off

Another batch of good reads out there this week. Digital textbooks for higher education, eBook readers for schools in MA and FL, and Sony stating eBooks will overtake print within 5 years. Kno Introduces Groundbreaking Digital Textbook and Learning Platform That Helps College Students “Break Free” from the Drudgery of Studying Sony: ebooks to overtake […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Google Books · Mobile Devices · New Products · School Libraries · Textbooks · Vendor News

New Articles of Interest

April 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

iTunes Now Accepting eBooks! Take the Official iBooks Guided Tour Quick Note: BISG publishes new standard for comment PLA 2010 Conference: DRM-Free Downloadable (Sony) Music at the Library – 3/24/2010 – Library Journal Misthinking DRM

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Tags: Articles of Interest · DRM · Ebook Readers · Vendor News

TOC – Online Marketing, What is Working to Move Units

February 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

TOC – The real title of this presentation is…. So an Author, a Publisher, and a Reader Walk into a Bar…  Feb. 24 Speakers:  Malle Vallik, eHARLEQUIN, and Bob Carlton, LibreDigital Bob and Malle discussed online marketing and what is working to move units. They felt this would be a great conversation in a bar, thus […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Discovery · Ebook Readers · Marketing

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

Musings on privacy and ebooks, a personal perspective

January 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

I understand there are concerns about ebooks and privacy.  We should certainly consider how privacy will change with this technology, but I have to say, at a local level I feel I have so much more privacy reading books with an e-reader.  Using my ebook reader (Sony) I can buy an ebook or borrow one […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers

US Consumer Book Buying webinar, summary

October 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off

Bowker and AAP sponsored a webinar today on US Consumer Book Buying.  It was incredibly well organized and full of good data.  My notes and comments are included below. Speakers Tina Jordan (AAP)  moderator Kelly Gallagher (Bowker) speaker 2009 data, first 6 months, based on what consumer is buying/reading 2008 – e-commerce the dominant channel […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Surveys/Statistics

New articles of interest

September 1st, 2009 · Comments Off

The Daily Utah Chronicle – Student association urges U to put more textbooks online Open Book Alliance, ULC, Others Want Changes in Google Settlement – 8/27/2009 – Library Journal Sony releases Mac eBook Library Software Google book scanning project gains three major tech opponents — Public library e-book survey tells why OverDrive is on […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest

Libraries, are you feeling the love?

August 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

As was reported earlier, Sony and Overdrive have partnered to promote library e-book collections.  Sony seems to be embracing the library world as its competitive edge.  Why would one want to buy a Kindle and then have to buy content when you can buy a Sony and borrow much content for free? It’s unlikely that […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · Library News · Vendor News

Overdrive and Sony to cross-market

August 25th, 2009 · Comments Off

From an Overdrive press release: (Cleveland, OH) – August 12, 2009 – OverDrive (, the leading global digital distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries, announced today a joint marketing agreement with Sony Electronics, Inc., developer of the Sony Reader Digital Book (  OverDrive and Sony will cross-market OverDrive’s library network and the Reader, the […]

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Formats · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Vendor News