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
49,000 eBooks from Springer are now a little more accessible for those with iOS devices. The new app, available for free in the iTunes App Store, provides access to springerlink.com. According to the press release, the new mobile app works on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Nathan Brothers, Springer’s Product Manager for Mobile Application and Platform Development said the app can be used on the iPad in “x2” compatibility mode. When asked about a forthcoming Android app, Brothers replied, “In general, Springer will continue to deliver high-quality electronic products and information services – designed to meet the specific needs of researchers and information professionals.” Continue reading Springer launches mobile app for iOS devices
ebrary has done a number of survey’s over the years. They recently released the results of their 2011 survey of librarians regarding mobile and offline access. The results are available (registration required) at http://www.tfaforms.com/222151. Last June, I interviewed Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing at ebrary about the download survey and ebrary’s new PDA program. Feel free to have a listen.
According to the ebrary press release, “Among other key findings, the survey revealed that 92% of librarians find providing offline access to e-books more or equally important than providing online access.” Continue reading 92% of librarians say offline access to eBooks more or equally important than online access
Great news from Follett. Their Digital Reader App is coming this winter and will allow mobile access to content.
Here is a brief statement from the Follett website. Read Follett eBooks anytime, anywhere with the FREE Follett Digital Reading App.
Provide your patrons mobile access to the widest selection of K-12 specific eBooks including picture books, fiction, reference and graphic novels.
Thanks to Anthony Hosmer for the tip on this.
The November, 2011 issue of Against the Grain focuses on the e-everything future. Edited by Audrey Powers from the University of South Florida, the issue discusses e-content procurement, access models and technology, content integration, first sale doctrine, and much more. It’s a great line-up of contributors and topics. The table of contents should be posted on their site very soon here: http://www.against-the-grain.com/toc/
Many of the contributors were also part of the E-Everything pre-conference during the Charleston Conference in early November. Archived versions of the pre-conference presentation will be available on Against the Grain and Libraries Thriving sites.
Big news today from Amazon about the forthcoming release of the new Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet to be available on November 15th. In addition to the Fire, Amazon also introduced a touchscreen e-reader called Kindle Touch. It’s black and white with no keyboard and will cost $99 for wi-fi version. Finally, they announced the $79 non-touchscreen Kindle. Plenty of news stories are covering the details. Here is a sampling:
- How does Amazon Kindle Fire stack up against competition? – The Washington Post Continue reading Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, and the $79 Kindle
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
The Blio reader is now available for android devices. The download is not yet listed on the blio site, I picked this one up via an email message.
Picked up a tweet today from @goodtokno about this new Pew report, The Digital Revolution and Higher Education. Some snippets of the study are listed below, taken from the Pew study website. It’s pretty clear from the results that digital content will be necessary to support higher education. Of particular interest is the estimate on digital textbooks – Nearly two-thirds of college presidents (62%) anticipate that 10 years from now, more than half of the textbooks used by their undergraduate students will be entirely digital. Continue reading New Pew study on Higher Education and the Digital Revolution anticipates digital textbooks
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
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:
From an OverDrive blog post: The days of having to dig your library card out when you’re trying to download an eBook at the doctor’s office (or park, or airport terminal, or a bar mitzvah) are over. With the latest update to OverDrive-powered mobile sites, users will have the option for their devices to store their library card numbers.
Starting now, when customers check out a title, the device will have a box where they can check “Remember me on this device.” The device will then hold the characters in its memory for 90 days after each use. This is an optional service. If a library requires a pin, it will still be required to check out titles.
This update is a part of OverDrive WIN, a series of platform enhancements that will streamline user experience and provide access to more content. Check back to see more enhancements to your service.
During the ALA Conference I interviewed Dan Stasiewski, Public Relations Manager at OverDrive. Dan and I discussed the new WIN platform and the enhanced OverDrive Help which will launch in a few months. Dan provides some details on DRM, formats, patron-driven acquisition, and simultaneous use titles.
For more information, visit Overdrive.com or the Overdrive blog. You can also Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org