“Since 2007, Kindle made millions of people rediscover the joy of reading. But it’s not only e-readers that changed the way we read. It’s the entire ecosystem that includes ebooks, services, and innovations,” writes Piotr Kowalczyk on Ebook Friendly this week in a post that features an infographic listing the most significant events in the development of the Kindle, starting with the launch of the first-generation Kindle in 2007 and ending with the launch of Kindle Oasis 2 on October 31, 2017.
Note the quote at the very bottom of the infographic: “Ten years after the first Kindle, e-ink remains the best technology for the devoted e-reader” (Brian Heater).
We thank Piotr for sharing the infographic with the world and allowing us to post it on NSR.
MADISON, Wis. (October 1, 2015) – Demco, Inc., a leading library supplier, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Boopsie, the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide.
“We’re excited to add the Boopsie team and software platform to our global organization because their people, technology and user-centric approach are designed to deliver a superior experience for librarians and their patrons. Librarians want to engage more users and increase usage of digital resources and an app from Boopsie can help do both,” said Mike Grasee, Global Growth Officer of Demco. “Demco has served libraries for over 100 years, and we are pleased to help our customers innovate and reach more of their communities via a mobile platform loved and trusted by public libraries and corporations alike.” Continue reading Demco acquires Boopsie
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 26, 2015 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announces the release of its all-in-one Axis 360 mobile app, available for download this summer. The Axis 360 app provides Apple, Android and select Kindle mobile users the ability to discover, download and read ebooks or listen to digital audiobooks, within a single application.
“We set out to create a next-generation experience that truly delivers simplicity, providing users with the functionality they need to discover and enjoy digital content instantaneously, no matter where they are, in three steps or less,” said Amandeep Kochar, EVP Software Products & Services of Baker & Taylor. “To create the optimal, seamless app we aspired for, the process could not be rushed. Baker & Taylor is excited and proud of the end result an all-encompassing design that’s intuitive, efficient and accessible to deliver the ultimate reading experience.” Continue reading Baker & Taylor Announces Launch of All-In-One Axis 360 Mobile App
Libraries using any ILS can now offer seamless access to an exclusive collection of more than 10,000 digital comics, graphic novels and manga on all major mobile devices and desktop systems
PRINCE FREDERICK, MD — June 22, 2015 – Through an exclusive partnership, Recorded Books and iVerse Media will offer libraries and their patrons access to a selection of more than 10,000 digital comics, graphic novels and manga titles both inside the library and remotely.
This partnership gives Recorded Books’ international sales team the exclusive right to sell Comics Plus: Library Edition (CP:LE) to public libraries in the United States and Canada. The Comics Plus product allows libraries to make the most diverse and unique content available to their patrons. As a result of this new partnership, libraries will have the flexibility to offer these titles either in a traditional desktop environment or via a mobile application for smartphones and tablets. Continue reading Recorded Books and iVerse Media Form Exclusive Partnership to Deliver Digital Comics and Graphic Novels to Libraries
Sunnyvale, CA — February 26, 2015 – Boopsie, the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, and Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, have integrated the Boopsie Mobile App with Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 digital media library. The partnership will drive circulation and usage of Axis 360 and meet patrons’ expectations for easy access to the library’s digital information and entertainment materials.
Continue reading Boopsie’s mobile app now integrated with Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360
CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 2, 2015 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today the launch of its new Axis 360 app for both Apple and Android devices. The Axis 360 app offers mobile users the ability to discover, download and listen to digital audiobooks, as well as access ebooks to read, within a single application.
Axis 360 app users will enjoy increased functionality and ease-of-use, with one-stop access to content from their public or school library. Users can browse the library or school’s entire digital collection or search for a specific title. Once they discover that perfect new release or longtime favorite, they can check it out using a built-in audiobook player in addition to the existing ebook reader. Axis 360 also presents recommendations from the library’s collection, based on the user’s selection. Continue reading Baker & Taylor launches new Axis 360 app, for Android and iOS devices
(Updated 11/3/2014 with new information in italics below) Note on this new product: Flipster is a subscription-based product for libraries. Usage models are dependent per title and per publisher. Publishers can set the following limits per title: 50, 100, 500 or Unlimited simultaneous users. The majority of Flipster titles are offered at the unlimited level.
IPSWICH, Mass. October 30, 2014 Continuing its tradition of working with libraries to help patrons find the content they want as quickly and conveniently as possible, EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is introducing Flipsterâ„¢, which allows library patrons to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of their library. Continue reading EBSCO introduces Flipster, a new way to access digital magazines
Publishing Technology released a report earlier this month about trends in mobile phone ebook reading. An infographic, slides of a presentation, and full report are all available using the link above.
The survey, consisting of 3,000 consumers from the US and UK, concluded that:
- 43% have read an e-book, or part of an e-book, on their handsets
- 66% of mobile phone book readers currently read more on their phones than they did last year
Publishing Technology explored the subject of mobile phone book reading by surveying consumers in the US and UK to better understand their habits and preferences. They unveiled the results and key trends from the study over the course of the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair. The Publishing Technology blog, Content Forward, also includes study results for mobile devices and a variety of other topics.
BiblioBoard® Library offers more publishers and genres to growing PatronsFirstâ„¢ Mobile Library
October 7, 2014. In advance of the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair, BiblioBoard® announces more publishers added to their PatronsFirstâ„¢ mobile platform. BiblioBoard is constantly adding publishers to their platform, which now offers tens of thousands of pieces of content. Patrons can enjoy the content with multi-user access on the web or on award-winning native devices, all without user limits. Continue reading BiblioBoard adds more publisher partners to their PatronsFirst mobile platform
Dear Library Partner,
We’re pleased to announce that a new version of the OverDrive app for Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), and Windows 8 is here!
This update features the long-awaited elimination of the Adobe Authorization step from the app installation processone of your most frequently requested enhancements! We expect this change will significantly reduce library support questions and provide excellent benefits to users like syncing reading progress across multiple devices and saving libraries and common searches. Continue reading New OverDrive app eliminates Adobe authorization step
Lyon, France (August 20) — Today the New Media Consortium (NMC) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich are releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition at a special session of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 80th General Conference and Assembly. This is the first edition of the NMC Horizon Report that delves into the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context. Continue reading New Media Consortium releases 2014 Library Edition Horizon Report
Charlottesville, VA, July 31, 2014 –(PR.com)– Unbound Medicine, a leader in knowledge management solutions for health care announces the availability of McGraw-Hill Professional’s AccessMedicine App powered by the award-winning Unbound Platform. Now subscribers can download trusted resources to iOS and Android® smartphones and tablets and consult critical information on the go without an internet connection. Continue reading McGraw-Hill and Unbound Medicine deliver AccessMedicine to mobile clinicians with new app
BiblioBoard® partners with ePub Direct, Independent Publishers Group, CoreSource and Firebrand
BiblioBoard announces new partnerships with four major content delivery services: ePubDirect, Independent Publishers Group, CoreSource and Firebrand Technologies. These partnerships will better serve current and future publisher partners by creating a seamless file delivery process from the publishers to BiblioBoard. Continue reading BiblioBoard announces new partnerships for seamless file delivery
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 29, 2014 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that it has integrated its Axis 360 digital media platform with Boopsie, the leading mobile app platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide. Continue reading Axis 360 Digital Media Platform now integrated with Boopsie
ebrary will be launching a new and improved ebrary reader in the next few months. Many of the new features are listed below (and also available in a ppt). As a result of the new reader, ebrary will be retiring the dedicated mobile app on August 4th. The new ereader is designed with laptop and tablet use in mind, tablets using the Bluefire app as access point (which has already been available for some time).
New features of Reader:
- Clearer user permissions & information on ebooks for patrons
- Intuitive navigation to find popular features faster
- Higher text quality & display options for better readability
- Focus on streamlining key tasks:
Copy, print, download, in-book search
- Enhanced support for accessibility needs (Q4)
This partnership benefits many corporations and others with the Infotrieve Mobile Library service. More from the press release below.
~Mutual Customers Now Able to Combine Discovery with Content Management Allowing Corporations to Find and Procure Content within One Platform~
IPSWICH, Mass. and WILTON, Conn. June 3, 2014 EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Infotrieve Inc. have partnered to allow mutual customers to combine their search, content access, Continue reading EBSCO and Infotrieve partner for mobile search and content delivery
Received this email from OverDrive. Not surprising, the BlackBerry app isn’t seeing a lot of traffic.
Dear Library Partner,
Effective April 10, 2014, the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) mobile app for BlackBerry will no longer be available to download on BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, and Playbook devices. Continue reading OverDrive sunsets Media Console app for BlackBerry
Pew Internet Research released a new report yesterday on eReaders and eReading. The report, “E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps” reports an increase in device ownership and eReading among Americans.
- 50% of American adults own either an eReader or tablet device
- eReaders and tablet devices used for reading ebooks nearly twice as much as computers and cell phones
- Reading eBooks on tablet devices has increased from 23% to 55% in 3 years
Much, much more available in the full report.
School Library Journal has published two recent articles about the eBook market in schools. The first is the “School Ebook Market Directory.” This piece features a snapshot of 19 eBook vendors for school libraries. Some of these include ABC-CLIO, Capstone, Rosen, OverDrive, Gale, StarWalk Kids, and Tumblebooks. The second article is “E. It’s Complicated. How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks.” SLJ talked to academic experts and visited librarians, teachers, and students at two high-performing Illinois high schools: New Trier Township High School in Winnetka and Northfield, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The article is in a Q/A format and discusses topics such as why go digital, will ebooks help kids learn more, who owns and pays for devices, what are the hurdles to adoption, and many more. Both are worth a read.
Great news from Baker & Taylor about a new app (iOS and Android) for direct download of titles to tablet devices. axisReader is another option for Axis patrons and provides ereading solely for EPUB and PDF formats. When patrons use Axis 360, they can choose between B&T’s blio reader or axisReader depending on the format they are downloading. Here’s more from the press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 6, 2013 — Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, has released a new, free application for tablets and smartphones called axisReader, which allows patrons of libraries with the Axis 360 digital media platform to seamlessly discover, checkout and read ebooks in EPUB and PDF formats on their mobile devices. The axisReader will be available alongside the existing Blio ereader, which provides a fully-accessible ereading experience to Axis 360 users. Continue reading Baker & Taylor launches axisReader app