Major publishers contribute thousands of titles to benefit students in need
February 24, 2016 – Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a video today raising awareness of the new opportunity for children. The initiative is designed to address the challenge of providing digital reading materials to children living in low-income households, and offers unprecedented access to quality digital content, including a catalog of eBooks valued at more than $250 million.
President Obama announced a nongovernmental eBooks effort in support of the ConnectED Initiative at the April 30 Kids Town Hall held by the White House at the Anacostia Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library. ConnectED is multi-pronged effort designed to provide all youth with access to high-quality digital learning tools. Since it launched, over 20 million more students have been connected to high-speed broadband in their schools and libraries and millions more are taking advantage of its free private sector resources. Open eBooks complements the new digital infrastructure to provide an opportunity for kids in need to have a world-class eLibrary in their homes. Continue reading Open eBooks Opens World of Digital Reading to Children for Free
CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 2, 2015 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today the launch of its new Axis 360 app for both Apple and Android devices. The Axis 360 app offers mobile users the ability to discover, download and listen to digital audiobooks, as well as access ebooks to read, within a single application.
Axis 360 app users will enjoy increased functionality and ease-of-use, with one-stop access to content from their public or school library. Users can browse the library or school’s entire digital collection or search for a specific title. Once they discover that perfect new release or longtime favorite, they can check it out using a built-in audiobook player in addition to the existing ebook reader. Axis 360 also presents recommendations from the library’s collection, based on the user’s selection. Continue reading Baker & Taylor launches new Axis 360 app, for Android and iOS devices
Google gives New York City libraries $1 million for 10,000 Wi-Fi devices for program lending Wi-Fi devices to New Yorkers
Dec. 2nd, 2014 NEW YORKMayor de Blasio, New York City’s three library systems, and Google today announced a $1 million donation from Google for an innovative library program lending Wi-Fi devices to New Yorkers to use at home.
The Library Hotspot program gives families, many lacking broadband access, the opportunity to borrow free Wi-Fi devices from their local libraries. The program was successfully piloted by The New York Public Library over the summer, when families at four branches in the Bronx and Staten Island were able to borrow devices for months at a time. Continue reading Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Library Chiefs Announce Expansion of Library Hotspot Program Through Google Donation
ALA and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) renewed their opposition to a petition filed by the Coalition of E-book Manufacturers seeking a waiver from complying with disability legislation and regulation (specifically Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act as Enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010). Amazon, Kobo, and Sony are the members of the coalition, and they argue that they do not have to make their e-readers’ Advanced Communications Services (ACS) accessible to people with print disabilities.
The full press release from ALA.
FCC filing from ALA and ARL
Here is information about a session to be held at the ALA conference this Saturday:
E-Books and E-Readers: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap? – IRRT Paper Session, Saturday, June 28th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Location: Las Vegas Convention Center –
S233 Description: With their ease of distribution and availability in large numbers, E-books and e-readers hold great promise for delivering currency and intellectual content to the information poor. At the same time, digital information is often only available to those who can afford internet access and the technological infrastructure needed to provide that access. This program will feature projects and research illustrating how e-books and e-readers have impacted libraries and readers globally in many different ways. Continue reading ALA Session: eBooks and eReaders: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap?
Pew Internet Research released a new report yesterday on eReaders and eReading. The report, “E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps” reports an increase in device ownership and eReading among Americans.
- 50% of American adults own either an eReader or tablet device
- eReaders and tablet devices used for reading ebooks nearly twice as much as computers and cell phones
- Reading eBooks on tablet devices has increased from 23% to 55% in 3 years
Much, much more available in the full report.
School Library Journal has published two recent articles about the eBook market in schools. The first is the “School Ebook Market Directory.” This piece features a snapshot of 19 eBook vendors for school libraries. Some of these include ABC-CLIO, Capstone, Rosen, OverDrive, Gale, StarWalk Kids, and Tumblebooks. The second article is “E. It’s Complicated. How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks.” SLJ talked to academic experts and visited librarians, teachers, and students at two high-performing Illinois high schools: New Trier Township High School in Winnetka and Northfield, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The article is in a Q/A format and discusses topics such as why go digital, will ebooks help kids learn more, who owns and pays for devices, what are the hurdles to adoption, and many more. Both are worth a read.
ALA’s new eCourse on ebooks starts September 2nd. Well, it’s not exactly new. I taught this four-week course last March and have accepted ALA’s invitation to teach it again this September. On the other hand, it’s not exactly the same class either, since much has changed since I developed the original syllabus in early 2013 — so much, in fact, that the new list of required readings is quite different from the original. While this class still requires no prior knowledge of ebooks and we will again be going over the basics (e.g., formats, reading devices, dominant brands, DRM, purchasing options, etc.), we will also take a closer look at the trends that are currently driving our conversations at conferences and in various online communities. Continue reading ALA’s eCourse on eBooks: Lessons Learned
I am in Lima, Peru this week attending and presenting at the Lima Book Fair (feria internacional del libro de lima). The fair runs for two weeks, July 19th through August 4th. About 120 vendors exhibit at the fair and over 600,000 Peruvians are expected to visit. Lines to enter the book fair circled the block the first weekend. The Peruvians are very attached to books (print especially), which is evident from the large number of bound materials on exhibit at the book fair. Bookstores abound as well.
The U.S. Embassy in Lima invited me here to speak about eBooks. Continue reading The evolution of the book at the Lima Book Fair
Great news from Baker & Taylor about a new app (iOS and Android) for direct download of titles to tablet devices. axisReader is another option for Axis patrons and provides ereading solely for EPUB and PDF formats. When patrons use Axis 360, they can choose between B&T’s blio reader or axisReader depending on the format they are downloading. Here’s more from the press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 6, 2013 — Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, has released a new, free application for tablets and smartphones called axisReader, which allows patrons of libraries with the Axis 360 digital media platform to seamlessly discover, checkout and read ebooks in EPUB and PDF formats on their mobile devices. The axisReader will be available alongside the existing Blio ereader, which provides a fully-accessible ereading experience to Axis 360 users. Continue reading Baker & Taylor launches axisReader app
I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports. First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models: A Scorecard for Public Libraries. Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition). The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference
From an EBSCO email: As of this week, eBooks are now downloadable from the EBSCOhost mobile site, so users can more easily find eBooks to view offline on mobile devices. eBooks downloading from EBSCOhost Mobile is only available on iOS (Apple) and Android devices. In addition, iPad users see the full version of EBSCOhost and should refer to that eBooks Help page for downloading eBooks.
Last week I spoke with Rachel Gut, the Outreach Service Manager at the Dayton Metro Library. Rachel and her colleagues launched an eReader lending program for homebound patrons. The program started due to the lack of large print titles. Rachel offers an overview of the program, details on the readers, and suggestions for funding.
Interview with Rachel Gut
Visit the DML website for Lifelong Learners.
The following are my notes from the NISO eBook Forum Program – End Users Speak: Outcomes from Recent Surveys. Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.
Presented by – Steve Paxhia, President, Beacon Hill Strategic Solutions
3 of the studies presented today are not even published yet. Most of the data shown was within just a few weeks of collection. He summarized 4 reports from thousands of participants, millions of data points. Much of the data was preliminary, so the numbers I list below may change with the final reports. Continue reading End Users Speak: Outcomes from Recent Surveys, from the NISO eBook Forum
The following are my notes from the presentation – Born accessible: making e-books fully inclusive from day one – held during the NISO- The E-Book Renaissance Part II: Challenges and Opportunities. Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.
- Larry Goldberg, Director, Media Access Group Director at WGBH
- Geoff Freed, Director of Technology Projects and Web Media Standards, The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)
An accessible ebook is not one that just reads the book. It must contain structure, a clear and easy way to navigate the content if you cannot see the screen. Software on the device must speak the screen for you. A screen reader only reads text.
An accessible ebook needs to read structure too like navigation tools (TOC, tables, lists), seek and find, investigate objects and read in a specific order. It needs to allow the user to control the content as well Continue reading Creating Accessible E-books: Summary of NISO program
Great news from Baker and Taylor. The blio platform is quite nice, but downloading to one’s personal device in EPUB or PDF is another great addition to the service. From the press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 8, 2012 — Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment, today released an upgrade to its popular Axis 360 digital media platform. New options allow library patrons to check out ebooks on ereaders compatible with EPUB and PDF formats, such as NOOK, Sony Reader and Kobo devices.
With Axis 360, library patrons can now use virtually any of the top multi-function phones, tablets and ereader devices to find, check out and read digital titles from their local library. Patrons can select the ebook format that works best for them — EPUB or PDF formats, or Blio, the fully-accessible, free ereader app that offers rich features and content, and is available on Apple iOS, Android and Windows devices. Continue reading Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform now offers EPUB and PDF formats for compatible ereaders
Seems like everyone is jumping on the Nook app bandwagon. 3M just released their own nook app. The full press release is below, courtesy of DBW.
3M Cloud Library eReading App Now Available Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Appsâ„¢ Storefront
NOOK® HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tabletâ„¢ and NOOK Colorâ„¢ users can wirelessly access 3M Cloud Library
The 3M Cloud Library App is now available in Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Apps store, making it easier for owners of NOOK tablets to borrow eBooks from local libraries. Anyone with a NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color can download the 3M Cloud Library App directly from the NOOK Apps storefront, and then transfer digital content wirelessly to their device without having to physically connect to a computer. Continue reading 3M Cloud Library eReading App now available for Nook
Great news for those with nook tablet or color devices. There is now an app for OverDrive. This will allow you to search the public library collections and directly download content to your device!
Get the app here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/overdrive-media-console-overdrive-inc/1113021293
Goodreader has a bit more info on this.
The Handheld Librarian 7 conference will be held virtually next Wednesday and Thursday, August 15th and 16th. On day two, a 2-hour workshop on the state of the eReader is available. More information is below:
State of the eReader: This featured workshop will focus on the legal, ethical, and technical aspects of eReaders. The goal is to give librarians and library staff the broad info they need to help patrons access and manage mobile digital content. Discussion will include examples of effective eReader use in a variety of libraries and tips on creating accessible eBook and eReader collections.
Moderator: Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries
Join us for an exciting one-day online conference as five nationally- and internationally-known speakers discuss wide-ranging aspects of the growing impact of eBooks on libraries. Brought to you by the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN).
eBooks: Benefits, Challenges, and the Future – Virtual Conference
Sep 21, 2012 10:00am – Sep 21, 2012 04:00pm
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
10:00 AM Frankenbooks and the Future of eBooks: An Ongoing Challenge – Stephen Abram (Gale-Cengage Learning)
11:00 AM Getting the Most from Your eBook Readers: Tips and Tricks – Chad Mairn (Novare Library Services)
12:00 PM The Shift to Digital — New Models for Course Distribution – Nik Osborne, J.D. (Indiana University)
1:00 PM — Break for Lunch —
2:00 PM Collection Development for eBooks – Jamie LaRue (Douglas County Libraries, Colorado)
3:00 PM eBook Licensing and Access: Now and the Future – Sue Polanka (Wright State University)