A few weeks ago at the ALA Annual Conference, Mirela Roncevic, an NSR contributing writer, organized a panel discussion about leading with ebooks. Panelists included:
- Jamie LaRue – founder of the Douglas County Libraries Model, a library platform for the management of ebooks.
- Stuart Smith - Open Road; featured speaker on Huffington Post Live and is a contributor to multiple literacy blogs.
- Terry Kirchner – Westchester Library System, Terry has taken the digital leap and fully embraces the potential offered by ebooks.
- Michael Rockliff set out to become a librarian, and is now Director, School and Library Sales & Marketing at Workman Publishing Company, where he remains happily ensconsed.
- Yoav Lorch is a writer turned entrepreneur and founder of Total BooX, his third startup.
I enjoyed the initial presentations from both Roncevic and Lorch, They both agreed to share their slides which are available here:
Mirela led with a discussion on the difference between a manager and a leader. She provided several examples with regard to ebooks. For instance, managing ebooks might include words like build, limit, copy, accept, control, or take. But, leading with ebooks would look more like these words: create, expand, originate, challenge, inspire, and give. This, of course, relates to both publishers and libraries. Continue reading
Join a panel of librarians, publishers, and thought leaders in a dynamic exchange of ideas for advancing ebook services in libraries.
LEADING WITH EBOOKS: NEW STRATEGIES FOR LIBRARIANS AND PUBLISHERS
Sunday, June 29th, Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N252, 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Total BooX, an ebook service based on the premise that public libraries need not settle for less than instant, simultaneous access to ebooks or pay for the content not read by their patrons, this panel seeks to challenge existing patterns in ebook management and engage industry leaders to identify the trends moving publishing and librarianship into new territories.
Topics explored include: thinking like digital natives (even if we are not); tracking reading (after the checkout); rethinking marketing (as everyone’s task); valuing content (while embracing technology); and acting now (and walking the talk).
The panel is moderated by Mirela Roncevic, co-editor of ALA’s journal eContent Quarterly and contributing writer to No Shelf Required.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Allegany County (MD), Brazoria County (TX), and The Ferguson Library, Stamford (CT) Join Westchester Library System (NY) To Offer Total BooX Service
May 28, 2014 (New York, Tel Aviv)—Total BooX is pleased to announce the expansion of its service in U.S. libraries, which officially launched in late 2013 with Westchester Library System in New York. Three more libraries will now provide the revolutionary ebook service to their patrons, including Allegany County Library System (ACLS), MD, Brazoria County Library System (BCLS), TX, and The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT.
“Ours is the only platform that allows libraries to pay for the value received, while giving patrons instant and perpetual access. This is a major shift,” said Total BooX Founder Yoav Lorch when the service debuted at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January 2014. Since then, the Israeli company has expanded its operations in the United States to include representatives on the East and West coasts. Continue reading
I’m pleased to present the second in a series of stories written by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox. His first story, Book Snatching, the most violent act in the history of reading, was posted on NSR a couple of months ago. It’s worth a read as well. Thanks for sharing your stories, Yoav.
Placing a Hold
Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog
My library allows us, the patrons, to place up to 10 holds on books. I noticed I used up 9, and not wanting to waste valuable resources I set to place my last hold. Continue reading
Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox, Ltd. sent me this story he wrote about snatching ebooks. I think it’s a clever tale showing us the sad state of ebook borrowing in many of our libraries. He gave me permission to post it here.
Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading
by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO, Total Boox Ltd.
Its 5:20 PM. My wife should be home in about half an hour. I promised I’d do the dishes and have the place looking decent when she returns. I have 47 pages to go with my book, and I’m dying to complete it. Yes, I can complete it before it expires and evaporates from my device at 5:46, but then, the dishes. The sink looks like a railroad crash on a rainy day. Continue reading
Total Boox is an ebook service for libraries. It gives library patrons access to thousands of ebooks in a wide range of categories, which can be downloaded to Android or iOs tablets. The reading is metered, with the library paying for pages read by their patrons. Multiple patrons are able to download ebooks simultaneously. Pages cost a proportion of the price of each book. If your patron reads ten percent of a book, your library only pays ten percent of the book’s full price. But your library never pays for the download itself—only for what the patron reads within each book.
Sound intriguing? Hear more about Total Boox, the model, partnerships with libraries, and plans for the future in this interview with Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO and Udi Arad, Chairman and Head of Business Development for Total Boox. A previous NSR post with links to articles and press releases about Total Boox partnerships with libraries is also available.
Based in Israel, but selling in the United States, the platform comprises well over 20,000 titles from established publishers and is growing rapidly, with new titles added each week. Most of the current content is English language, with about 500 titles in German.
This just in from a new entrant into the ebook arena: Total Boox, an Israeli-based company, has announced today the launch of its ebook product bearing the same name. Highlights include simultaneous access, no waiting lines, no up-front payment for books, patrons’ interest driving purchases, affordable metered reading, and, perhaps the most interesting part: ownership of each title (or portions of the title read) that the library purchases is transferred to the patron – indefinitely. Full details are provided in the press release below.
Stay tuned for Sue Polanka’s upcoming audio interview with President and Founder of Total Boox, Yoav Lorch, who will shed more light on the product and the company behind it.
Meanwhile, a November 2013 article featured in Publishers Weekly [bit.ly/1drVBJ1] is a good place to start for more context on the business model. It also gives more details about Total Boox’s pilot with Westchester Library System in New York.
Total Boox Launches and Announces Pilot with Westchester Library System
A new, cutting-edge ebook service brings more reading for patrons and more efficient use of library budgets.
January 21, 2014 (New York, Tel Aviv) — Total Boox, Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of Total Boox for Libraries, a cutting-edge ebook service designed to give patrons a new digital reading experience, while giving libraries full control of their budget. Thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles are available for instant download—with no waiting lines—and patron access to them never expires. Whether patrons read online or offline and whether they read one page, a chapter, or an entire ebook, libraries only pay for the content they read. Continue reading