Category Archives: Games & Gaming

Placing a Hold: Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog

TBX log low rezI’m pleased to present the second in a series of stories written by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox.  His first story, Book Snatching, the most violent act in the history of reading, was posted on NSR a couple of months ago.  It’s worth a read as well.  Thanks for sharing your stories, Yoav.

Placing a Hold
Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog
Yoav Lorch

My library allows us, the patrons, to place up to 10 holds on books. I noticed I used up 9, and not wanting to waste valuable resources I set to place my last hold. Continue reading Placing a Hold: Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog

Safari Books Online celebrates ten years – infographic

Marydee Ojala  from Online Magazine brought this interesting infographic to my attention.  It’s from Safari Books Online, highlighting their accomplishments from the past ten years.  Check it out here.  Safari now offers access to over 16,000 titles.  For more info, visit:  (http://www.safaribooksonline.com).

Credo Reference Sponsors Build a Bridge to Your Library Contest

Credo Reference is sponsoring a contest to bridge the library to Credo Topic Pages.  Any student, faculty, or staff of a library (not required to be a Credo Reference customer) can submit an entry.  The idea is simple – build a single web page using Credo Topic Pages to point to authoritative sources, images and more.  This video describes the project in more detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFPngz_cBDU

Details are available at http://corp.credoreference.com/contest.

Fun Facts about eBooks

As we prepare for a long holiday weekend here in the States, I thought I’d provide you with some fun facts about eBooks and other electronic content (just in case you need to impress the relatives).  These are things I collected from articles, blog posts, and by contacting vendors directly. I use these factoids when I do presentations, something to entertain the group during breaks.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

All of the factoids are in the file linked above, but here are a couple of teasers:

  • $519.48 – what you’d spend on ebooks if you bought one per week at $9.99.
  • 167,334 serials titles digitized in HathiTrust
  • 114 million pounds of merchandise shipped by Ingram in 2009
  • 66% of U.S. public libraries offer eBooks

New Articles of Interest

Some things for your weekend reading list:

A Sustainable Future for Open Textbooks? The Flatworld Knowledge Story

E-Texts for All (Even Lucy) | Ebooks and Accessibility

How Does Google Work? Learn How Google Works: Search Engine + AdWords

HOW TO: Self-Publish Anything Online

Newsweek Asks: “Farewell, Libraries?” « ResourceShelf

New Articles of Interest

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

The best is what I watched. Love this library video, a spoof on the Old Spice commercial from BYU, despite no mention of eBooks!

E-books will make up majority of Saint Leo U’s library come fall – Wired Campus

Paper The Progression of Digital Publishing: Innovation and the E-volution of E-books

E-Textbooks: Barnes & Noble Targets Students with NOOKstudy

E-reader Customers Are Older, College-Educated Users

A Textbook Case for Low-Cost Books – Commentary

NLW Brainteaser Challenge from Credo Reference

Sorry for the delay in posting this, I was on vacation last week.  The contest is still going the entire week, so check it out.

Credo Reference celebrates National Library Week with free access and a prize drawing

Boston and Oxford, (April 6, 2010) — Credo Reference, the award winning online reference library, is pleased to announce its National Library Week Brainteaser Challenge with free access to Credo Unlimited. This week long celebration of 2010 National Library Week (April 11-17) will culminate with a prize-drawing for an Amazon Kindle as well as second and third place prizes. Continue reading NLW Brainteaser Challenge from Credo Reference

EPUB logo contest

The IDPF is hosting a contest for the design of the EPUB logo.  All individuals, companies, educational institutions and other groups are eligible to submit entries.  Entries must be received by May 7th at 2400 hours.  The winning design will receive $1000 cash and two tickets to attend the IDPF Digital Book 2010 at BEA.  For more information, see the IDPF website.  Thanks to teleread for the tip.

Stress Test for a Healthy Ebook

Michael Pastore at Epublishers Weekly blog posted a stress test for ebooks.  His test gives points to ebooks for the ability to complete tasks, like sharing with friends, converting, and printing.  The full test is on the blog, check it out.

Here’s the intro material:  How healthy is your ebook? … Is your ebook free, flexible, strong (long lasting) and brimming with useful features? … Or is your ebook feature-challenged, a hapless prisoner of one specific device, format, or content protection system?

There is much debate about ebook pricing; there should be much more talk about ebook value. A free and healthy ebook is worth much more than a feature-reduced ebook.

ebrary announces sweepstakes for free ebooks

ebrary is launching a monthly sweepstakes for a free ebook a month for one’s institution – complete with ebrary’s  InfoTools.  To enter, just recommend an ebrary title.  Details of the contest are below, in the ebrary press release.  This is a fun idea, but I have to chuckle.  Can you imagine having a sweepstakes for a free print book?  Oh, what technology will do. Continue reading ebrary announces sweepstakes for free ebooks

US House floor using print reference

Yesterday I had a rare opportunity to walk on the US House floor, thanks to a private tour from my nephew Matt, who works for one of the Ohio Representatives.  As we were milling about, looking at the electronic voting, printers and fax machines, laptop plugins, and CSPAN cameras, I was shocked to see, sitting in the corner up front, a huge Random House dictionary on a big stand.  Of course I had to grab it, touch it, leaf through it.  I so desperately wanted to take a photo of this proud print resource, sitting atop its pedestal with the grand House floor in the background.  Despite the fact that I smuggled in my iPhone, Matt told me it was illegal to take photos.  So alas, my proof is missing.  ….gee, most people would want to sit in the big chair!

No Shelf Required Fan Club

Wow, my first member!  Thanks Lora.  I’m glad to see that the resources in NSR are assisting library students too.

Dear Sue Polanka,

I’m a library student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  I just did a research project on the future of reference books for a collection development class.  In my research I came across several columns where you addressed just this topic.  I just wanted to write and thank you for being such a proponent for electronic resources and encourage you to continue motivating librarians to edge their libraries into an online reference model!  I’ve really enjoyed reading the columns!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lora


Lora Smallman
Graduate Assistant, Instructional Services
Undergraduate Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Blog as if your life depended on it!

I posted a while back about a wonderful eBook site, DailyLit.  DailyLit sends me bits and pieces of eBooks to my email box each day, just enough to read for a minute or two.  The first title I chose (yes, because it was free) was 100 Ways to  Succeed by Tom Peters.  Yesterday, #39 arrived.  It said:

100 WAYS TO SUCCEED #39:
BLOG AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT!

Blogging, I firmly believe, is the premier emergent marketing-brandbuilding-lovemark-creating tool of our times! It is the premier way to have intimate-engaging-informative-WOWing “conversations” with Clients and prospects! This all goes double for small enterprises and niche enterprises; and goes triple for the Professional Services; and works wonders in the Public Sector as well.

Do you see Blogging in these exalted lights? If not, why not? Please …  Blog-As-If-Your-Professional-Success-Depended-On-It. (Hint: I think it does.)

Begin today! Appoint yourself Chief Blogging officer. Or, better yet, Chief Intimate Client Conversations Officer!

I can’t tell you how happy I was to realize that finally, I had accomplished one of the (so-far) 39 ways to succeed.   Why am I bragging about this?  Well, because now it’s your turn.  No Shelf Required is here to provide a place for discussion between librarians, publishers, aggregators, book lovers, and spammers (oh wait, I delete those messages).   So comment, post, rant, suggest, get your eBook message out.  You’d be surprised how many people actually read this thing – worldwide!  It surprises me every day.