Category Archives: Tech Updates & Upgrades

Safari, O’Reilly’s learning platform for higher education now available from ProQuest

O’Reilly Media’s completely new version of Safari: O’Reilly’s Learning Platform for Higher Education is now available from ProQuest. This version of Safari features both a new student experience and a new business model that provides academic institutions with easier, more affordable access for their entire student body.

“We designed the new Safari to support today’s students, who expect to learn online, on their own time, and in their preferred way,” said Karen Hebert-Maccaro, O’Reilly’s Chief Content Officer. “No longer just an online library, Safari is a rich, full-featured learning platform. And, our revamped business model allows our higher-ed customers to give all of their students full access to Safari. We are very excited to work with ProQuest, our exclusive distributor in the academic library market, to offer this new platform to libraries around the globe.” Continue reading Safari, O’Reilly’s learning platform for higher education now available from ProQuest

EBSCO and William S. Hein & Co. partnership brings historical and government-related information to researchers

Just in from EBSCO:

Five HeinOnline Databases Will Be Accessible via EBSCOhost® and
EBSCO Discovery Service

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and William S. Hein & Co., Inc. (HeinOnline), the world’s largest image-based legal and historical document research database, announce the availability of five HeinOnline databases on EBSCOhost® and EBSCO Discovery Service. The arrangement brings one of the richest and most comprehensive collections of historical and government–related information to researchers in academic and public libraries.

The HeinOnline databases provide unique coverage of legal history and government documents, making them a valuable resource for government, politics and law curricula. These resources provide a vast array of content including books, government documents, constitutions and treaties. HeinOnline databases feature works from some of the greatest minds in legal history, as well as a robust collection of Congressional documents, including comprehensive coverage of the Congressional Record, more than 60,000 hearings, thousands of House and Senate Reports, CRS reports, committee prints, and much more. Additionally, comprehensive coverage of both the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations is available. Continue reading EBSCO and William S. Hein & Co. partnership brings historical and government-related information to researchers

Credo introduces ‘Real-time Reference” within search results to combat fake news

Just in from Credo:

Credo Reference – the industry leader for information literacy, critical thinking, and research solutions – is introducing a “Real-time Reference” category within search results to help students easily identify reliable sources on current issues of importance. In addition to enabling researchers to find timely and accurate reference content relating to current events and controversial topics, Credo is announcing a partnership with ProCon.org to make its Debate Topics available within Credo’s Core Collections.

In an era where news may be fake and the number of sources available are overwhelming, the ability to navigate information online is increasingly vital to both the research process, as well as each individual’s understanding of the world around them. ProCon.org’s carefully curated arguments and background context are compiled from multiple viewpoints, reliable sources, and key experts in a diverse array of topics influencing today’s society. Continue reading Credo introduces ‘Real-time Reference” within search results to combat fake news

Odilo solidifies its North American presence with new offerings and features

According to a recent press release, Odilo—a privately-held Spanish and US-based company that offers innovative ebook and econtent solutions for libraries worldwide—has seen notable growth in recent months, with 140% increase in new customers and close to a 500% increase in new publishing partners.

For those not familiar with Odilo’s suite of products, here are the newest offerings and features, which were highlighted at this year’s American Library Association conference in Chicago:

    • Over 18,000 Pay-per-Use (PpU) eAudiobook titles allow libraries to build an eAudiobook collection for a minimal investment. ODILO currently offers over 250,000 PpU eBooks, eAudiobook, and streaming video, with new titles ingested daily.
    • Streaming offline reading functionality allows end-users to read without an Internet connection or the ODILO app (available for iOS, Android, Windows, and Kindle Fire).

Continue reading Odilo solidifies its North American presence with new offerings and features

EPUB3 fixed layout eBooks live for public libraries via OverDrive

OverDrive’s browser-based OverDrive Readâ„¢ allows seamless reading on any device with a modern web browser and now optimizes the reading experience on desktop and mobile devices for a variety of graphic children’s titles, comics, and other illustrated titles as beautifully as the author and publisher prepared for print. This EPUB3 fixed-layout breakthrough gives OverDrive partners unprecedented access to thousands of never-before-available eBooks, including highly-illustrated series of DK titles such as Ancient Rome and Star Wars Jedi Battles, as well as iconic and popular children’s titles like Corduroy and Armadilly Chili from publishers such as Penguin and Albert Whitman & Company. Continue reading EPUB3 fixed layout eBooks live for public libraries via OverDrive

Library eBook updates from the ALA conference

I attended the American Library Association Conference in late June and was able to speak with a variety of ebook vendors about updates to interfaces, products, and services.  Below is a list of vendors with highlights for each.  I didn’t make it to every vendor, so if I have left someone off the list or you have information to add, please contact me. Continue reading Library eBook updates from the ALA conference

Princeton University Press partners with De Gruyter for distribution

I received news from De Gruyter about a new partnership with Princeton University Press.  The official announcement will be released tomorrow, but I was able to speak with Sven Fund, Managing Director, De Gruyter, for more information about this partnership.  The official press release is below.

Is this partnership with Princeton University Press exclusive?

This agreement is non-exclusive. Princeton UP will work with other distributors as well. We are confident that both our business models and our user friendly policy including price parity with print editions, unlimited simultaneous users and perpetual access are compelling to library customers. Continue reading Princeton University Press partners with De Gruyter for distribution

De Gruyter introduces ePub3 format for all titles

I’m very pleased to see this announcement about De Gruyter title availability in ePub3 format.  This is a great step forward and I hope other publishers will follow.  ePub3 formats are particularly good with dynamic adjustment of content for screen size, not to mention web accessibility.

Berlin, 28 May 2014 — De Gruyter is proud to announce that all of its frontlist titles are now available in the ePub3 format. Alongside the PDF format, ePub is one of the most widely used eBook standards, enabling the mobile viewing of content on tablets, smartphones, and eReaders.  Continue reading De Gruyter introduces ePub3 format for all titles

AAP supports EPUB3, new initiative accelerates adoption

This is big news for EPUB3 adoption – accelerated across-the-board adoption.  I hope they are successful, this will be a great service for those with disabilities.  More from the AAP press release:

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 | Ed McCoyd, Andi Sporkin

The Association of American Publishers supports the establishment of EPUB 3 as the standard global distribution format for eBooks and has embarked on a new initiative designed to rapidly advance the format’s implementation in the marketplace.

The EPUB 3 Implementation Project is being developed in a partnership with retailers, digital content distributors, device makers, reading systems providers, assistive technology experts and standards organizations, with the support and engagement of leading advocates for people with disabilities. Continue reading AAP supports EPUB3, new initiative accelerates adoption

Readium Open Source Initiative Launched to Accelerate Adoption of EPUB 3

ACCESS, Adobe, Barnes & Noble, Copia, Google, Kobo/Rakuten, O’Reilly, Samsung, Sony, others support project to advance universal digital publishing format

New York, NY, February 13, 2012 –The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced the Readium Project, a new open source initiative to develop a comprehensive reference implementation of the IDPF EPUB® 3 standard. This vision will be achieved by building on WebKit, the widely adopted open source HTML5 rendering engine. Continue reading Readium Open Source Initiative Launched to Accelerate Adoption of EPUB 3

eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference

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

Creating Accessible E-books: Summary of NISO program

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.

Presenters:

  • 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

Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform now offers EPUB and PDF formats for compatible ereaders

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

New BISG Policy Statement Endorses EPUB 3

Board approved Policy Statement supports EPUB 3 as the preferred global standard for multimedia publishing

New York, NY (August 6, 2012) — The Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a leading U.S.-based trade association representing the entire book supply chain, announced today the publication of a new Policy Statement endorsing EPUB 3 as the accepted and preferred standard for representing, packaging, and encoding structured and semantically enhanced Web content — including XHTML, CSS, SVG, images, and other resources — for distribution in a single-file format. BISG member companies, and other industry stakeholders, can visit http://www.bisg.org/what-we-do-4-155-pol-1201-endorsement-of-epub-3.php to download a copy.

Reviewed and approved by BISG’s 36-member Board of Directors (see http://www.bisg.org/about/board.php for a complete list of Directors), BISG Policy Statement POL-1201: Endorsement of EPUB 3 addresses the critical need for the global book publishing industry to rally around a single standard for the creation of digital content in order to impede recent instances of fragmentation beginning to seep into the supply chain. Continue reading New BISG Policy Statement Endorses EPUB 3

Articles of Interest: Pottermore version

Great reads today about the launch of e-book sales from Pottermore.

Pottermore Shop (for ebooks, U.S. site)

Announcements:  Potter Available on Nook and Kindle – Digital Book World

You Can Buy the Harry Potter E-Books Now – Here’s What You Need to Know – paidcontent.org

Harry Potter Digital Checkouts Start Thursday – Digital Shift

Why Pottermore Could Change Everything – Digital Book World

What’s the greater fear for publishers? Amazon or Piracy? The Shatzkin Files

Confirmed:  Harry Potter eBooks Are NOT DRM-Free in Kindle Format (or any other bookstore) – The Digital Reader

Articles of Interest

Some numbers on the Kindle owners lending library and KDP – teleread.com

B&N discounting Nooks with periodical subscriptions – marco.org

Barnes & Noble to Offer Nook Discount to Subscribers of 2 publications – nytimes.com

Launching the University Press Content Consortia – wordpress.com

Guggenheim Museum Getting Into eBooks – mediabistro.com

Reddit to Black Itself Out Next Week in Protest of SOPA – theatlantic.com

Ebooks take off over the holidays, says USA Today – teleread.com

Amazon introduces iPad Kindle Store – macworld.com

Brave New World: First Sale Doctrine: Digital Threat or Opportunity – blogspot.com

How Barnes & Noble Can Take a Bite Out of Amazon – sspnet.org

Safari Books Online acquires makers of Ibis Reader – ThreePress Consulting – teleread.com

Ultimate Discovery Engine – publishersweekly.com

Three Library Predictions for 2012 – Andy Woodworth

NISO Releases Updated Draft of SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding – infodocket.com

Kobo has 10x increase in readers over holidays; top ebooks by country – teleread.com

Turn WebPages into Kindle, Epub eBooks with dotEpub – mediabistro.com

My Argument for Public Access to Research Reports – sspnet.org

House takes Senate’s bad Internet censorship bill, tries to make it worse – arstechnica.com

More Than a Million eReaders Were Given Away in the UK This Season – mediabistro.com

Full Text Article: The Evolution of E-books and Interlibrary Loan in Academic Libraries – infodocket.com

LJ/SLJ eBook Summit Summary Articles

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.

Keynote/State:  Dramatic Growth | LJ‘s Second Annual Ebook Survey

School Library Stas:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: More School Libraries Offer Ebooks; Increased Demand, Rise in Circulation

Keynote:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit Panelists Remind Librarians of an Old Creed: Free to All

Academic Panel:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Academic Panel Tackles PDA, Ebook Discovery

Academic Panel:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Making Ebooks Visible at Academic Libraries

Public Library Panel:  LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Offering Patrons More Than One Delivery Platform

Articles of Interest

This is a super long list – so much going on in the past week.

Amazon bites Apple, by Meredith Greene | TeleRead

Ebook sales doubled in July | TeleRead

Digital Public Library of America: Pro and Con

Four Librarians, Four Ereaders, One Month

EPUB 3 Becomes Final IDPF Specification | TeleRead

Peter Brantley on preserving digital copies | TeleRead

The Emergence of the Disposable E-Book Reader An Inflection Point in Ambient Computing? « The Scholarly Kitchen

Amazon Places Kindle Fire Products In New “Seesaw” Spinoff

Kansas State Librarian Can Transfer Thousands of Titles from OverDrive to 3M at No Charge

Store for safekeeping – DIGITAL PRESERVATION – Research Information

Which format has the cheapest eBooks? (infographic) – eBookNewser

Will the E-Book Kill the Footnote? – NYTimes.com

Perseus Creates New Service for Authors Seeking to Self-Publish – NYTimes.com

OverDrive: “A Note on Library Patron and Student Privacy” « INFOdocket

Lightening fast interlibrary loan

Authors Guild adds international writers groups to HathiTrust lawsuit; says universities acting as “pirates” | TeleRead

66% of Schoolchildren Never Plan to Give up Paper Books – eBookNewser

Amazon & Google Open eBookstores In France, UK – GalleyCat


BookRiff – a new digital publishing platform to go live this month

A colleague forwarded me an Outsell article about a new venture, BookRiff.  Ned May, who wrote the article, states, “Bookriff, yet another digital publishing platform, will soon go live. Yet while it is entering a crowded field, this one is worth a close look as it has the potential to take hold, and significant potential to disrupt.”

According to the BookRiff blog, users can create their own book by piecing together chapters, articles, or other content.  Users pay for content which is delivered in a variety of formats (print-on-demand coming soon) and rights holders are given royalties.   The BookRiff goal is to be fun and easy to use.

More from the Outsell article:  “What makes BookRiff unique is its focus on enabling the creation of new works by providing a seamless platform for supporting the necessary business rules. Leadership of the company believes there is a broad market for these new compilations of content if they can be effortlessly assembled while respecting all the rights, permissions and pricing of the underlying parts. To that end, they have built a core technology platform that enables a license holder to easily upload, separate, tag and set a price for content while also setting rules for redistribution. By default, books are broken into chapters for resale but the system will accept any subdivision the content creator wants to offer. The required file format for ingestion is ePub and the platform checks the integrity of the file before posting to the system as well as using the underlying coding to determine chapter breaks.”

Download e-books from ScienceDirect in EPUB and mobi formats

Yesterday we had a visit from our Elsevier Account Manager who updated us on the SciVerse Hub as well as e-book content within ScienceDirect.  I learned several interesting things during the session including:

  • ScienceDirect e-books can be downloaded for offline reading in EPUB and Mobipocket formats. I believe they said chapters, not the entire book. This was launched in May.
  • E-books contain no DRM, so there are no limits on printing, copying, etc.
  • E-books follow the same rules as journals for ILL (at which they said their ILL rules finally allow for the direct download/sharing of a PDF rather than printing and faxing/scanning)
  • ScienceDirect has an application called “related reference work articles” which lists relevant articles from their encyclopedias and new SciTopics content for any search done in the interface.  The applications are available for download in the applications marketplace and can be customized by individuals or institutions for the SciVerse interface.
  • In the ScienceDirect use logs, they find that most users who are looking for books get to ScienceDirect via the University Library site, as compared to those looking for journals, who primarily come from Google.

Additional information on the use of e-books on ScienceDirect is available in a white paper, “A Study on the Usage, Application, and Value of Online Books on ScienceDirect in an Academic Environment.”  It can be downloaded from their site at no cost, but registration is required.  The white paper includes the charts/graphs showing how users get to content on ScienceDirect.