ebrary has done a number of survey’s over the years. They recently released the results of their 2011 survey of librarians regarding mobile and offline access. The results are available (registration required) at http://www.tfaforms.com/222151. Last June, I interviewed Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing at ebrary about the download survey and ebrary’s new PDA program. Feel free to have a listen.
According to the ebrary press release, “Among other key findings, the survey revealed that 92% of librarians find providing offline access to e-books more or equally important than providing online access.” Continue reading 92% of librarians say offline access to eBooks more or equally important than online access
eReaders aren’t designed with accessibility in mind. Ken Petri, Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, contributed a chapter about eBook accessibility to the forthcoming No Shelf Required 2: Use and Management of Ebooks title from ALA Editions. Due to the need for currency of this topic, Ken has posted some material on a website. This information includes:
- Functional criteria for e-book accessibility what attributes an e-book reader platform needs in order to be accessible to users with disabilities.
- An overview of common e-book reader accessibility a limited and partial glance at the landscape of e-book readers, installed, web-based, and integrated with a device.
- Coming soon: A comparative chart of eReaders and accessibility criteria
Ken was interviewed by No Shelf Required back in October of 2010. The post about the interview contains links to many resources.
The rumored news of Kindle offering a lending library has come to fruition. Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy from INFODocket shared this post this morning and gave me permission to repost in full. INFODocket posts all type of in-depth industry news and reports, so check them out for more than eBooks. @INFODocket
UPDATE: Paul Biba at TeleRead has posted a breakdown of the titles (by category) currently available from the Kindle Lending Library.
The rumored Kindle eBook lending service is real and is now live. It will add a new variable as libraries rethink their roles, collection building, eBook services for libraries, and many other issues.
First, some fast facts and links and then a few comments on first learning and digesting the news. As you’ll see there are a number of restrictions and limitations as of today. Of course, if this initial launch is successful, this will very likely change.
Fast Facts (As of Today):
- The Kindle Lending Library is ONLY Available to Those Who Own a Kindle Device AND Subscribe to the Amazon Prime Service
- The Service is Only Available for U.S. Customers
- None of the Six Largest U.S. Publishers are Participating
- Books Can Be Read on Multiple Kindle Devices, as Long as They’re Registered to the Same Eligible Account
- Books CANNOT Be Read on Kindle Reading Apps (Android, iOS, PC, Mac, etc.)
- One Book Can be Borrowed at a Time, and There are No Due Dates
- You Can Borrow a New Book as Frequently as Once a Month, Directly on a Registered Kindle Device, and You Will Be Prompted to Return the Book That You are Currently Borrowing
- If You Have Already Borrowed a Book in that Calendar month, You are Not Yet Eligible to Borrow a New Book Until the Next Calendar Month. There is No “Roll-Over” or Accrual of Unused Borrowing Eligibility
- Bookmarks, Notes, and Highlights are All Available on Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Titles, and Will be Saved to your Amazon.com Account If You Borrow Again or Purchase the Book in the Future, Your Notes and Highlights Will be Available for You
- A Few of Titles Available at Launch Continue reading Kindle Lending Library launches with 5,000 titles
No Shelf Required has been busy this past year exploring the many topics of eBooks and libraries. Very soon, two new publications will be available from ALA Publishing which share the No Shelf Required name. These new publications contain completely new content, expanding upon No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries, ALA Editions, 2011. Details are below. For a complete list of NSR publications, please visit our publications page.
The first publication will be the No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing. This guide will appear in the November/December (v. 47 n. 8) issue of Library Technology Reports (direct URL coming soon). Chapters and contributors in this double issue include: Continue reading No Shelf Required’s two new publications
Great news from ebrary about the ability to download eBook content to devices. ebrary conducted a study early this year about downloading capabilities. The results of this study discovered that 92% of libraries found offline access to be more or equally important to online access. Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing discussed the survey results during an interview in June. Here’s more from the ebrary press release about the new download functionality:
To further provide researchers with access to authoritative information whenever and wherever they need it, ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced the ability to download e-books onto multiple devices including the Kindle, iPad, iPhone, laptops and other devices. Additionally, the company announced a dedicated mobile application is in development and slated to ship later this year. Continue reading ebrary now offering eBook downloads
Internet Librarian Conference 2011 – Ebooks: Putting the Issues on the Table
Presenters: Bobbi L. Newman – Learning Consultant and author Librarian by Day blog, Sarah Houghton – Asst. Director San Rafael Public Library and author LibrarianInBack.net, Amy Affelt – Director of Database Research Compass Lexecon, and Faith Ward – Librarian Garrison Forest School
These notes are my interpretation of the presentation. Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.
Bobbi Newman – small percent of the US population owns an eReader according to Pew Internet Research study. Digital divide – not just about having an eReader to read eBooks – must have internet access at home and a computer capable of hosting Adobe Digital Editions. 2,000 titles is not an opening day collection – you need more titles and a long term plan for eBooks. Kindle library borrowing – very happy about the smooth transition to getting books onto devices. We got a bad deal – Amazon has access to lots of statistics and they are not sharing those with us. Continue reading Internet Librarian – Ebooks: Putting the Issues on the Table
The 2nd annual LJ/SLJ eBook Summit held on Wednesday offered some fantastic discussions on the implementation of eBooks in a variety of libraries. Below are links to several articles and blog posts which summarize many of the sessions.
This is a super long list – so much going on in the past week.
According to Seth Kaufman, VP of Marketing and Merchandising, “the Copia version offers a glimpse into the future of what an interactive eBook can be, of how educators can teach inside a book, of the possibilities for distance learning.” This new edition features 140 annotations from Professor Susan Fraiman of the University of Virginia. Kaufman also said of the annotated version, “It is also a way to demonstrate how authors and publishers can make old content new again. While it took Fraiman a while to write her commentary, adding the 140 annotations into the eBook took only a few hours, because Copia’s eReader is also a publishing tool that allows anyone to add content.”
Big news today from Amazon about the forthcoming release of the new Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet to be available on November 15th. In addition to the Fire, Amazon also introduced a touchscreen e-reader called Kindle Touch. It’s black and white with no keyboard and will cost $99 for wi-fi version. Finally, they announced the $79 non-touchscreen Kindle. Plenty of news stories are covering the details. Here is a sampling:
Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy at INFODocket are asking some very important questions about end-user privacy when borrowing OverDrive library books through a third party vendor site (Amazon). The post asks:
- Is Amazon collecting download information?
- Is Amazon saving library download info permanently?
- If not, how long will they keep it? Is there a retention policy?
- Can you provide any info about privacy as it relates to OverDrive/Amazon?
- Will the library books you borrow be used by Amazon to provide recommendations of books for you to purchase?
- Is there a link to scrub all of your personal “library” data from Amazon.com’s servers with a single click?
- Do OverDrive and Amazon.com have any suggestions about how to make the entire process clearer to users?
- How would they respond to the issue that, since the service is being marketed by libraries, users might incorrectly think library privacy policies may still apply?
More information about this issue is available via the INFODocket blog post.
Just received this OverDrive press release in email:
In a move highly anticipated since its initial announcement in April, public libraries and schools in the U.S. can now lend eBooks for the Amazon® Kindle. OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) announced today that it has begun adding Kindle compatibility to all of the U.S. public and school libraries in its network and expects to have all sites updated within days. This is a very significant step in a series of OverDrive WIN platform enhancements to streamline user experience and help libraries meet the increased demand for eBooks.
OverDrive, the leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital content, supplies 15,000 public and school libraries worldwide and more than 11,000 in the U.S. To see if your local library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive Search. Continue reading OverDrive Press Release about Kindle lending launch – sites up within days
Picked up this news from Nate Hoffelder’s tweet (@thDigitalReader)
From the Amazon Press Release (9/21):
Amazon.com today announced that Kindle and Kindle app customers can now borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the United States. When a customer borrows a Kindle library book, they’ll have all of the unique features they love about Kindle books, including Whispersync, which automatically synchronizes their margin notes, highlights and bookmarks, real page numbers, Facebook and Twitter integration, and more. For more information about borrowing library books for your Kindle or free Kindle apps, go to www.amazon.com/kindle/publiclibraries. To start checking out Kindle library books, visit your local library’s website. Continue reading Kindle Books Now Available at over 11,000 Local Libraries