University of Michigan Library opens ECCO – Eighteenth Century Collections Online to the public

April 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

The University of Michigan Library is opening to the public 2,229 searchable keyed-text editions of books from Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO).  The texts are available to the public at no cost. ECCO is a research database containing significant English- and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century and important works […]

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Full-text search the HathiTrust collection on Summon

March 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

From a Serials Solutions press release:  Serials Solutions and HathiTrust today announced an agreement to enable full-text search of the entire HathiTrust collection of digitized scholarly books from the Summon™ web-scale discovery service. Researchers and faculty at institutions with the Summon™ service will be able to use the library’s own website to search the full […]

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New articles of interest

October 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

David Rothman: How e-Books Could Smarten Up Kids and Stretch Library Dollars: A National Plan Two-faced gadget is e-reader plus netbook BookServer: A Plan to Build an Open Web of Books Google Editions Embraces Universal E-book Format Report on Nook news conference: B&N switching to ePub—plus other news conf tidbits College students resisting Kindle DX, […]

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UM to sell digitized books on Amazon

July 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off

First Google, now Amazon, UM has certainly got connections.  They announced this week a plan to offer book reprints for sale on Amazon as reprints on demand.  According to their press release,”The University of Michigan will make thousands of books that are no longer in copyright — including rare and one-of-a-kind titles — available as reprints […]

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Will Print-on-Demand Stifle eBooks?

April 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

There is a really interesting article (with comments) on the TeleRead blog about the Espresso Book Machine.  If you remember, UM purchased the Espresso back in October.   This new article, written by Court Merrigan, focuses on the machine’s use in bookstores – store front or in one’s closet.  It’s big in the UK, with plans […]

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University of Pennsylvania to Digitize and Print-on-Demand

February 25th, 2009 · Comments Off

I read this article in LJ about another library digitization/print-on demand product.  This time it’s with the University of Pennsylvania (UP) and Kirtas.  UP is now part of the elite group of libraries providing print-on-demand services including University of Michigan, Emory, and Cornell. The UP project will scan books in the public domain (200,000), but […]

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First McGill, now Michigan. Libraries in the Print-on-Demand Biz

October 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

I was envious with McGill’s news, and now Michigan!  Talk about rubbing salt on my wounds…. Seriously, this is fantastic news for UM Libraries.  Their new “Espresso Book Machine,” – and it ain’t coffee folks - will print-on-demand titles from the UM digital collection.  Public domain titles from the 2 million item collection will be the first shot for Espresso.  […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Library News · Print on demand