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
This sounds like a great app for audio files.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — January 17, 2013 — Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, announced the launch of its innovative Acoustik audiobook service for the Axis 360 digital media platform, enabling library patrons to borrow and download digital audiobooks directly to their Apple and Android mobile devices. The free Acoustik audiobook app is powered by Findaway World, LLC, an innovative, industry leader in audiobook distribution.
Acoustik audiobooks provide Axis 360-enabled libraries with instant access to more than 25,000 new release and best-selling backlist audiobook titles, offering a diverse and extensive collection, as well as a simple and convenient way for patrons to download and listen on the go. Continue reading Baker & Taylor and Findaway World launch AcoustikTM Audiobooks for the Axis 360 Digital Media Library
From an EBSCO email: As of this week, eBooks are now downloadable from the EBSCOhost mobile site, so users can more easily find eBooks to view offline on mobile devices. eBooks downloading from EBSCOhost Mobile is only available on iOS (Apple) and Android devices. In addition, iPad users see the full version of EBSCOhost and should refer to that eBooks Help page for downloading eBooks.
Seems like everyone is jumping on the Nook app bandwagon. 3M just released their own nook app. The full press release is below, courtesy of DBW.
3M Cloud Library eReading App Now Available Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Appsâ„¢ Storefront
NOOK® HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tabletâ„¢ and NOOK Colorâ„¢ users can wirelessly access 3M Cloud Library
The 3M Cloud Library App is now available in Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Apps store, making it easier for owners of NOOK tablets to borrow eBooks from local libraries. Anyone with a NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color can download the 3M Cloud Library App directly from the NOOK Apps storefront, and then transfer digital content wirelessly to their device without having to physically connect to a computer. Continue reading 3M Cloud Library eReading App now available for Nook
This new iPad app looks really interesting. Add it as another way to market/discover existing library journal subscriptions. More from the press release:
ST PAUL, MN — September 25, 201 — Third Iron, LLC, a leading library technology company, announced today the release of BrowZine, a new app for the iPad. BrowZine combines articles from databases to create full journals, organizes them on shelves arranged by subject, and delivers a reading experience optimized for the iPad. With BrowZine, users can easily find journals made available by their library, browse titles of interest, and read individual articles or the complete journal. Continue reading Introducing BrowZine, an iPad app to access library journal subscriptions
The Handheld Librarian 7 conference will be held virtually next Wednesday and Thursday, August 15th and 16th. On day two, a 2-hour workshop on the state of the eReader is available. More information is below:
State of the eReader: This featured workshop will focus on the legal, ethical, and technical aspects of eReaders. The goal is to give librarians and library staff the broad info they need to help patrons access and manage mobile digital content. Discussion will include examples of effective eReader use in a variety of libraries and tips on creating accessible eBook and eReader collections.
Moderator: Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries
Digital Book World sponsored a webinar today, “Digital Content: Where are publishers investing and what challenges will they need to overcome?
- Speaker: Marc Rubner, VP of Product Marketing at Innodata Consulting; mrubner at innodata dot com
- Marc presented the results of an Innodata Survey conducted by Digital Book World in April of 2012.
What stuck with me the most was the phrase, “content will now be wrapped in software.” The overall tone of the webinar suggested that content will continue to be developed for direct to consumer consumption, in small packages, designed for mobile devices. A couple of additional comments Marc made were that publishers need to repurpose content, repurpose technology, and take control of customer facing technologies. He felt two big hurdles publishers need to cross with rights management were in global rights management and with libraries and the lending of eBooks. The following are my notes from the webinar.
The Online survey tool details –
From an OverDrive Press Release:
OverDrive to Provide Streaming Audiobooks to Libraries and Schools — Library and school catalogs to enable instant access to spoken word audio
(Cleveland) — June 13, 2012 — June is Audiobook Month, and leading digital distributor OverDrive announced today that it will update its popular audiobook download services to include new options for readers to instantly “See BookHear Book.” Scheduled for launch later this year, streaming audiobooks will be available on a wide range of Internet-connected devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers. This instant-access technology will eliminate long downloads before listening to popular audiobooks from libraries and schools throughout the OverDrive network. The “Listen Now” option will complement the download options already in use with the millions of installed OverDrive Media Console apps on Windows®, Mac®, iPhone®, iPad®, Androidâ„¢, Windows® Phone and BlackBerry®. Continue reading OverDrive to Provide Streaming Audiobooks to Libraries and Schools
From an ebrary press release:
June 7, 2012 — Palo Alto, CA, USA — Less than six months after launching a dedicated iOS app, ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced a new Androidâ„¢ app that will be freely available on Google Play this summer. With the increasing popularity of smart phones, tablets, and other devices, researchers will have a more optimized way to discover and use e-books, online and offline, on any Android device in addition to the iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®. Continue reading ebrary launches new Android app
Pew Internet and American Life Project has just released the results of a new study – The Rise of E-Reading. From the report tagline:
21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.
by Lee Rainie, Kathryn Zickuhr, Kristen Purcell, Mary Madden and Joanna Brenner
Below are a few of the key findings from the full report:
- A fifth of American adults have read an e-book in the past year and the number of e-book readers grew after a major increase in ownership of e-book reading devices and tablet computers during the holiday gift-giving season.
- The average reader of e-books says she has read 24 books (the mean number) in the past 12 months, compared with an average of 15 books by a non-e-book consumer.
- 30% of those who read e-content say they now spend more time reading, and owners of tablets and e-book readers particularly stand out as reading more now.
- The prevalence of e-book reading is markedly growing, but printed books still dominate the world of book readers.
- E-book reading happens across an array of devices, including smartphones.
- In a head-to-head competition, people prefer e-books to printed books when they want speedy access and portability, but print wins out when people are reading to children and sharing books with others.
From an Ingram Press Release: As students look for more ways to interact with digital textbooks, they are increasingly turning to smartphones and tablets powered by the Android® operating system. To meet this demand, VitalSource®, the most-used e-textbook platform in the industry today announced the expansion of its mobile footprint with the addition of an e-textbook app for Android.
“We are significantly expanding our mobile capabilities with our new Android app,” said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies Inc. “As a result, more content from the leaders in education publishing will reach more readers worldwide. Every student has a device and/or operating system preference, and we know that Android smart phones and tablets are becoming an important option.” Continue reading Ingram launches Android App for VitalSource e-textbook platform
Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, Ohio recently announced that every student in Mercy’s Class of 2016 (entering this fall) will be issued their very own iPad as part of the school’s techKNOWLEDGEy program. I am particularly excited to report this news as I am a graduate of Mother of Mercy High School.
The school has done a great deal of research and preparation for the iPad launch. Teachers were issued iPads at the start of this school year, they have run pilot programs with teachers and students, and made use of an iPad cart (30 devices for classroom use). According to their website:
In preparation for our iPad-enhanced techknowledgey program, Mercy has already taken several key steps in preparing for a solid launch in the fall of 2012: Continue reading Ohio high school issues iPads for 2012-13 students
Big news from OverDrive and Booki.sh, an Australian ebook company, was announced yesterday in a joint press release. The cloud based platform for distribution, selling, and reading brings OverDrive content a little closer to the end user. 3M also offers cloud based distribution for ebooks. More from the press release:
OverDrive, Inc., the leading global distributor of ebooks and audiobooks, announced today it has acquired Australian ebook company Booki.sh. Booki.sh is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading popular ebooks from anywhere and on any device with a modern web browser. Booki.sh founders and principals Joseph Pearson, Virginia Murdoch and Peter Haasz will join OverDrive from their existing offices in Melbourne to expand the global distributor’s publishing, library and school initiatives. Continue reading OverDrive acquires Booki.sh, the developer of a cloud-based ebook platform
From a February 21 ebrary press release:
ebrary®, a ProQuest business and leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced that the social media data of its 2011 Global Student E-book Survey is now publicly available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/surveys along with the full report.
Among other key findings, the addendum revealed the following:
- While 41% of students are currently using social media for research or study, 59% are not. Reasons for not using social media include that existing sites are not a reliable source of information.
- When asked if they would use social media to share research with peers, 58% of students indicated “likely” to “very likely,” while 43% stated “unlikely.”
- 35% students indicated they would “likely” to “very likely” pose a question to a librarian using social media, compared to 45% who would “likely” to “very likely” use social media to pose a question to faculty.
- When asked if they would use social media to connect with students with similar academic interests, 69% stated “likely” to “very likely,” while 31% stated “unlikely.”
Continue reading ebrary releases social media data from Global Student E-book Survey
From a SAGE press release:
Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2012) SAGE’s entire online journal collection is now available in a mobile-optimized format with the help of HighWire Press’ Mobile Web Interface.
Visitors to one of the more than 640 SAGE journal sites using their iPhones, Androids or other smartphones are automatically redirected to the mobile version. Subscribers can now view content in a format designed specifically for the small screen size and functionality of their mobile device. Continue reading SAGE Journals now in mobile-optimized format
An ebrary press release on a new app for offline reading of content – for iOS device. January 20, 2012 — Palo Alto, CA, USA — The demand for e-book accessibility, especially on mobile devices, is growing significantly. In ebrary’s 2011 Global Student E-book Survey, announced today and available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/surveys, 60 percent of respondents indicated that downloading e-books onto mobile devices is “very important” — a 16 percent increase over results from a similar survey that ebrary sponsored in 2008. In ebrary’s recent Download Survey, librarians marked the iPad® as more important to providing offline access than desktops and laptops. Continue reading ebrary releases iOS app for eBooks
Below is a summary of various news articles and related Apple sites discussing the Apple announcement today about digital textbooks.
General news articles:
The January 1, 2012 issue of Booklist features Sue Polanka’s Off The Shelf column on reference apps. Titled, “Reference- I’ve got an App for That,” the article highlights iOS and Android apps from 7 reference publishers. Here is an excerpt and list of reference publishers included:
Excerpt: “These days, it seems there’s an app for everything. So it should come as no surprise that several reference publishers are producing apps for Apple- and Android-based tablets and phones. Why should reference publishers develop apps? “Our focus is on helping libraries reach new users where they reside. We believe that one of the most effective ways to do this is through apps,” says Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of marketing for Cengage Learning. Mike Robinson, e-book sales and marketing manager at Oxford University Press, agrees, stating, “Apps represent a means by which people all over the world are using devices to help them. We provide authoritative content to meet people’s reference needs, and it’s important to us to do so in the most useful ways possible.” Gale/Cengage, OUP, and a host of other reference publishers have a variety of apps available.”
Publishers featured include:
- Encyclopaedia Britannica
- Gale/Cengage Learning
- Oxford University Press
- World Book