Category Archives: Ebook Readers

Kindle Books Now Available at over 11,000 Local Libraries

Picked up this news from Nate Hoffelder’s tweet (@thDigitalReader)

From the Amazon Press Release (9/21): 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 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

Kindle library lending in beta

Kindle library lending is in beta at two public libraries – King County Library System and the Seattle Public Library. (See article in Seattle Times).  News and instructions have been posted on various blogs and articles, but yesterday Library Journal‘s Mike Kelley reported, “Andra Addison, the director of Seattle PL’s communication office, said the library was not publicizing its testing because “It is embargoed until it is available to all partners.”

Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader has been closely following any news of Kindle library lending.  He has a really good post about the new service on his blog.

Here is a clip:

“Neither Amazon nor OverDrive have announced anything, and in fact I’m still waiting to hear back from my contacts at Overdrive. But I do know that Amazon’s help pages now refer to the library ebooks as a current feature, and OverDrive already list the Kindle as having beta support. The service is indeed live. Continue reading Kindle library lending in beta

Blio and Axis 360 from Baker & Taylor, an interview with Michael Bills

Last week I interviewed Michael Bills,  Director for Sales, Digital Products,  from Baker & Taylor about their eReader software, Blio.  Michael discussed the functionality of Blio and discussed Axis 360, a hosting and circulation platform for the Blio reader.

For more information on blio, visit

Articles of Interest

UNC Announces Launch of Digital Innovation Lab

New Swedish ebook platform — Platify — opens | TeleRead

Which is the best format for ebooks? | Ask Jack | Technology |

Will Amazon’s ‘Digital Library’ Kill the Physical One? Let’s Hope Not – Technology Review

School Libraries Struggle with E-Book Loans | MindShift

JibJab Lets Your Kid Star In eBook App – eBookNewser

E-Book Prices Prop Up Traditional Print Books –

Back to School: Rethinking the Textbook « The Scholarly Kitchen

Afictionado – a new ebook subscription service in the UK

Just picked up the news of yet another eBook subscription service on eBookNewser blog today.  This time, it’s Afictionado, which will launch in the UK in January, 2012.  According to their website, they are hoping to offer the service in other countries soon.  Here is more information from the Afictionado website:

“Welcome to a new way of reading. Afictionado is a fresh new website where you can borrow ebooks for your computer, tablet, smartphone or ebook reader. Browse our online library and choose from thousands of titles. Read sample chapters to get a feel for your favourites. And then borrow the ones you want. It couldn’t be simpler!

Afictionado will be launching in January 2012. In the meantime, you can find out all about us by taking a look around this website. Continue reading Afictionado – a new ebook subscription service in the UK

eBook subscription services – are libraries screwed?

Earlier this week Amazon announced it was “thinking about” providing eBooks as a subscription service to it’s Prime members.  According to the Washington Post, “The online retailer is reportedly thinking about making a subscription library service available to Amazon Prime members, adding book rentals to the $79 per year service that now offers online video and an unlimited deal on two-day shipping. The rental subscription, described in the report as a Netflix-like service for books, would offer older titles, and the company would limit the amount of books users could read for free every month.”

Earlier today, eBook Newser blog reported on an announcement for the forthcoming launch of a subscription eBooks service, Afictionado.  From the blog post,  “Afictionado is scheduled to launch in January of 2012, and according to the site it’s only going to serve the UK market. There’s no word yet on which publishers will be participating, but at the very least you will be able to find Macmillan eBooks offered by the service.” Continue reading eBook subscription services – are libraries screwed?

Articles of Interest

Joe Wikert’s Publishing 2020 Blog: Interview with Inkling Founder/CEO Matt MacInnis on Reinventing the Publishing Industry

Why an ebook still needs an index – O’Reilly Radar

Data Monday: eReaders & eBooks

Digital Public Library of America “Beta Sprint” Walkthrough…09.06.11 « The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian’s Weblog

More and more, college students go buy the e-books –

Reader’s Choice: E-Textbook Devices Compared | Product Reviews |

E-books’ popularity is rewriting the sales story –

The Huffington Post Gets Into eBook Business – eBookNewser

Bookstreamâ„¢: a new cloud-based library to deliver ebooks | TeleRead

Articles of Interest

Amazon Coming to Spain Next Week — Kindle Store to follow? – eBookNewser

Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Is Very Real. I’ve Seen It, Played With It. | TechCrunch

Hybrid Books: ‘Illuminations’ And The Future of the eReader

On the evilness of the emerging ebook app ecosystem …

We Ask Ken Wissoker: Do We Need to Rethink Academic Publishing?

New ebook format from Amazon | TeleRead

With Digital Up 140% at B&N, Sales Rise, Loss Falls

Uninformed, Unhinged, and Unfair The Monbiot Rant « The Scholarly Kitchen

George Monbiot — The Lairds of Learning – How did academic publishers acquire these feudal powers?

New ebook format from Amazon | TeleRead

iPad, I Saw, I Waited: The State of E-Textbooks | Gadget Lab |

The death of books has been greatly exaggerated | Books |

Seniors, Women Embracing Tablets, E-Readers | Gadget Lab |

Sony’s new 6″ Reader Wi-Fi to offer wireless connectivity to public library systems

From PR Newswire, August 31st:

Sony today announced the launch of the lightest touch screen 6″ eReader device ever, Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1), providing the most natural and immersive reading experience yet for book lovers. The new Reader Wi-Fi builds on the popularity of last year’s line, while reducing size and weight and incorporating new and enhanced features. At under 6 ounces and with a 6″ E-Ink® Pearl V220 touch screen, Reader Wi-Fi is smaller than an average paperback book, can easily fit into a bag or pocket and is available in three color choices: black, red or white.

As part of Sony’s continued effort to support the Public Library System, Reader Wi-Fi will also be the first eReader to offer wireless connectivity to the public library system in the US and Canada via a dedicated icon on the device to allow easy and convenient borrowing of free e-books with a valid library card. Readers can access and download over 2.5 million titles via a Wi-Fi connection from Reader Store or shop from a wide range of bookstores and other websites that provide books in digital formats compatible with Reader Wi-Fi, such as EPUB, PDF and TXT. Continue reading Sony’s new 6″ Reader Wi-Fi to offer wireless connectivity to public library systems

Articles of Interest

Exclusive: What Electronic Textbook Provider Has The Biggest Library?

Why Print Can Exist in Harmony with Digital | Apartment Therapy Unplggd

The Laboratorium: Google Books Settlement, 2008-2011

Next Steps in the eReader Journey: The Nook Simple Touch « The Unquiet Librarian

Digital Public Library of America announces “Beta Sprint” | TeleRead

Court of Appeals kills any possibility of Google Books settlement | TeleRead

Apple and the Big Six publishers face another class action price-fixing lawsuit | TeleRead

Kno adds interactive digital features to iPad textbook app | TeleRead

Will Facebook become an ebook publisher? | TeleRead

Booktrack adds soundtracks to e-books…but does anyone really want them? | TeleRead

Court Rules First Sale Doctrine Only Applies to Works Manufactured in U.S.

Digital Textbooks Go Global, Go Multimedia, Go Mainstream | Publishing Perspectives

What Students Don’t Know – Inside Higher Ed

Articles of Interest

Amazon Student app lets students buy and resell textbooks, other items | TeleRead

The Centered Librarian: Readable college textbooks on Facebook

GenCon panel: Michael Stackpole on self-publishing in a post-paper world | TeleRead

Will print and ebook publishers ultimately be doing the same books? — The Shatzkin Files

Kno Taking Electronic Textbooks to Web, Facebook – Ina Fried – Mobile – AllThingsD

The Ticklish Problem of Pricing E-books for Libraries ” The …

Prezi on downloading OverDrive eBooks

Adult Learners, Libraries, and Digital Literacy – One family’s experience with eReaders

Stage Five Book Publishing

Open Educational Resources (OER) Background and Action Report for Bilateral and Multilateral Agencies project.

Articles of Interest

Vook Explains Why $3, $4, or even $9.99 Isn’t Always the Best Price for an eBook – eBookNewser

Do e-Textbooks Help Students Save Money?

E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital — Campus Technology

Time for book publishers to fight dirty –

Inkling Raises $17M for Digital Textbooks – Liz Gannes – Media – AllThingsD

Internet Public Library – eReader Resources

Project MUSE® – Project MUSE E-Mail Announcement Archive

Many people really don’t know what to do with ebooks | Christina’s LIS Rant

This Is Why We’ll Never Have Innovative E-Books | Epicenter |

Why Did Facebook Buy an e-Book Publisher? –

Ebooks now 15% of Simon & Schuster revenue – The Digital Reader

Mass Digitization: Aptara Digitizing 730,000 Pages of Content for SAGE’s New eBook Platform” « INFOdocket

The Good, the Bad, and the Sexy: Our Espresso Book Machine Experience « The Scholarly Kitchen

Kobo found a way around Apple’s rules – The Digital Reader

Direct-to-consumer — it’s the way to go | FutureBook

More signs that Sony is about to launch a new ereader model | TeleRead

British Library’s 19th Century Historical Collection App now offers 45K titles

This was announced back in June but the collection has grown significantly since that date.  It now includes 45K titles, up from 19K.  Here is more from the press release:

BiblioLabs, LLC and the British Library have launched their British Library 19th Century Historical Collection App for iPad — now available on the App Store. The App was announced in June with an initial offering of a thousand 19th century books — it now makes some 45,000 titles available to subscribers, expanding to over 60,000 titles by the end of the year.

For just £1.99 a month in the UK [$2.99 a month, US and rest of the world] users will be able to explore historical and antiquarian books that range from classic novels to original accounts by Victorian travellers, and from science and exploration to poetry, memoir and military history. Continue reading British Library’s 19th Century Historical Collection App now offers 45K titles

Articles of Interest

O’Reilly publishes unfinished book, plans to raise price as it nears completion | TeleRead

E-Reading Application Showdown, Part 2: Typography | Digital Book World

Report: Amazon To Use Two-Finger Touchscreen To Keep Tablet Competitive With The iPad | TechCrunch

Sony Preparing New E-Book Reader to Challenge Amazon – Bloomberg

E-Books – Things of interest to a medical librarian. – Krafty Librarian

Why We Won’t Purchase More Kindles at The Unquiet Library « The Unquiet Librarian

Learn About “The SF Gateway” and Plans to Make Out-of-Print Science Fiction Available as eBooks « INFOdocket

“I’m sorry, but I can’t help you…” E-only works create challenges for serving patrons | District Dispatch

Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, Google Books remove in-app purchasing from iOS apps

Apple’s new in-app selling rules are in effect, requiring retailers to give Apple 30% of revenues from book sales.  As a result, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Google Books have stopped selling books through their apps.  SONY’s app was rejected back in February for the same reasons.  There’s lots of news coverage, a few are linked below:

Kindle, Nook & Kobo Apple Apps No Longer Sell eBooks – GalleyCat

Amazon caves to Apple, drops Kindle’s in-app button – Computerworld

Sidestepping Apple: From Amazon to Condé, Companies Rethink Their App Strategies | Epicenter |

Articles of Interest

Textbook Rentals Come to the Kindle: Probably Not a Money-Saver

E-books, Young Professionals, and Reinventing ALA | American Libraries Magazine

Amazon confirms Harry Potter e-books to be available for Kindle | TeleRead

Library of Alexandria makes 19,000 titles available on the Espresso Book Machine | TeleRead

Borders’ liquidation: Winners and losers – The Week

Japanese company shows off ebook vending machine | TeleRead

“School Libraries: What Next?” Ebook Project – Virtual Dave

Don’t blame ebooks for Borders’ demise | TeleRead

LJ And SLJ Announce Keynoter for Virtual Conference on Ebooks | The Digital Shift

Judge pressures writers, Google to settle books case – The Globe and Mail

What Borders Closure Means To Your Kobo Account – eBookNewser

Ebooks and libraries – a missed opportunity to evolve – FUMSI Article

Articles of Interest – ALA Annual eBook Wrap-up version

Archive of the 2011 ALA Annual Tech Wrapup | ALA TechSource

Ebook Developments Were HOT at ALA – Information Today

eBook Tip Sheets – ALA OITP – Anne Behler

eBook FAQs. 36 Most Common Questions Answered by the OITP eBook Task Force | Librarian by Day

Go To Hellman: 3M’s eBook Cloud Library Didn’t Come Out of Nowhere!

Ebook Vendors at #ALA11 | David Lee King

ALA and post ALA eBook News Wrap Up #ala11 | Librarian by Day

ALA Annual 2011: Ebooks: New Strategy Required, Now | In the Bookroom

ALA Annual 2011: Louisiana Deep-Fried Angst | In the Bookroom

Articles of Interest

Cambridge University Press expands ebook platform to include other academic publishers | TeleRead

E-Book Readers, Netbooks Have Most to Fear From Tablets | Gadget Lab |

Amazon Plans iPad Rival –

Apple bringing media apps into compliance with in-app purchase guidelines | TeleRead

For ebook devotees, reading is a whole new experience –

24symbols’ ebook subscription service is now live | TeleRead

Tiny Spanish company launches book-sharing site | Reuters

LibraryLaw Blog: What libraries can do when they buy an ebook

New Jersey eBook Summit Summary – part two

Please note that the part two blog post has now been added to the New Jersey eBook Summit Summary.

Today the NJ State Library, LinbraryLinkNJ- The NJ Library Cooperative, NJ Library Association and the NJLA Reference Section sponsored an E-book Summit in Eatontown, New Jersey.  The line-up of speakers included:

  • Eli Neiburger, Ann Arbor District Library
  • Sue Polanka, Wright State University Library & No Shelf Required
  • Robert Miller, Director of Books, Internet Archive
  • Mary Minow, Attorney, Consultant, and Former Librarian
  • Joseph Sanchez, University of Colorado – Denver Continue reading New Jersey eBook Summit Summary – part two