I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. Â While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Â 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. Â First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models: Â A Scorecard for Public Libraries.Â Â Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition). Â 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
NSR 2012 Interviews
With 2012 coming to a close, I wanted to take another opportunity to introduce you to the wide array of interviews NSR offered this year. The 2012 interviews highlightÂ innovative new products and services from librarians, publishers, and information professionals, a focus on information literacy and core competencies, and creative business models.Â I hope you will take some time to listen.Â Suggestions for 2013 interviews are now being accepted.Â Please contact Sue Polanka for more information.Â You may also be interested in reading Mirela Roncevic’s post, E-Content in Libraries, 2012 in review.
Continue reading NSR Interviews: 2012 in Review
From an EBSCO email:Â 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.Â 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.Â Rachel and her colleagues launched an eReader lending program for homebound patrons.Â The program started due to the lack of large print titles.Â 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.
Rachelâ€™s interview and over 50 others are available on the No Shelf Required interviews page.
The following are my notes from the NISO eBook Forum Program – End Users Speak:Â Outcomes from Recent Surveys. Â 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.Â Most of the data shown was within just a few weeks of collection.Â He summarized 4 reports from thousands of participants, millions of data points.Â 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 theÂ NISO- The E-Book Renaissance Part II:Â Challenges and Opportunities. Â 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.Â It must contain structure, a clear and easy way to navigate the content if you cannot see the screen.Â 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. Â 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.Â The blio platform is quite nice, but downloading to one’s personal device in EPUB or PDF is another great addition to the service.Â From the press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 8, 2012 –Â 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 â€“ 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.Â The full press release is below, courtesy of DBW.
3M Cloud Library eReading App Now Available Through Barnes & Nobleâ€™s NOOK Appsâ„¢ Storefront
NOOKÂ® 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 & Nobleâ€™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.Â This will allow you to search the public library collections and directly download content to your device!
Get the app here:Â 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.Â On day two, a 2-hour workshop on the state of the eReader is available. More information is below:
State of the eReader:Â 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:Â Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries