Category Archives: Mobile Devices

Articles of Interest

Why Might A Publisher Pull Its E-Books From Libraries? by Laura Hazard Owen « INFOdocket
Which E-Books Are Most Borrowed From Libraries, And Why? | paidContent
So you want to start a Kindle lending program | code4lib
How to add public domain books to the Kindle, by Piotr Kowalczyk | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
Kobo has 10x increase in readers over holidays; top ebooks by country | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
Full Text Article: The Evolution of E-books and Interlibrary Loan in Academic Libraries « INFOdocket
Seven Advantages Barnes & Noble Has in the Bookseller Wars | Digital Book World
Barnes & Noble May Spin Off Nook Business
Turn WebPages into Kindle, Epub eBooks with dotEpub – eBookNewser
Baen Webscriptions is now BaenEbooks.com | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
The Association of American Publishers – Publishers Applaud “Research Works Act,”Bipartisan Legislation To End Government Mandates on Private-Sector Scholarly Publishing
My Argument for Public Access to Research Reports « The Scholarly Kitchen
House takes Senate’s bad Internet censorship bill, tries making it worse
More Than a Million eReaders Were Given Away in the UK This Christmas Season – eBookNewser
E-Textbooks Saved Many Students Only $1 – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education
If Libraries Didn’t Exist, Would Publishers Be Trying To Kill Book Lending? | Techdirt

Springer launches mobile app for iOS devices

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

Articles of Interest – What you’ve missed the last two weeks

Many of you have been away on holiday the last two weeks, so here is a list of interesting articles you may have missed:

Go To Hellman: 2011: The Year the eBook Wars Broke Out


Five Big Publishing Stories of 2011 That Will Bleed into 2012 – DigitalBookWorld

Five things we learned about publishing in 2011| O’Reilly Radar

A few future sources of ebook innovation| FutureBook

Kindle Fire On Track For Hundreds Of Impressions TechCrunch

Amazon has over 65,000 ebooks in Kindle Owners Lending Library| publiclibraries.com

Online pirates threaten Kindle profits| Dailymail.co.uk

eReader Shipments Grow 108% in 2011 Mediabistro

How much should an ebook cost? The Domino Project

Seth Godin sees bare-bones future of books thanks to long tail   Teleread

Publishing Insiders Reveal Price-Fixing… The Digital Reader

Parliament looks into UK’s 20% VAT

We must, we must, make VAT dust | FutureBook

UNESCO Launches Global Portal to Track Open Access sspnet.org

Open Educational Resources: The Bridge…EDUCAUSE

Open-Textbook Idea Is Gaining Steam -…Chronicle of Higher Education

A Dialogue on Patron-Driven Acquisitions| Scholarly Kitchen

Articles of Interest – SOPA, Amazon & Local Bookstores, Digital Textbooks

Go To Hellman: Book Lending Ignorance

Go To Hellman: SOPA Could Put Common Library Software in the Soup

More controversy over Amazon price-checking versus independent bookstores | TeleRead

Amazon Doesn’t Care About Your Local Bookstore | Epicenter | Wired.com

Stop Treating $9.99 As The Magic E-Book Price | paidContent

E-Book Readers Face Sticker Shock – WSJ.com

New Mobile Connectivity Options at the Hillsborough Library | NJ.com

Libraries launching Chromebook check-out programs | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad | PCWorld

Kno Giving Away $10 Million in Free eTextbooks The Digital Shift

The Broader Context of Patron-Driven Acquisitions « The Scholarly Kitchen

Education Department releases new data on academic libraries | Inside Higher Ed

92% of librarians say offline access to eBooks more or equally important than online access

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

Follett Digital Reader App coming soon

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.

E-Everything: Putting It All Together

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.

Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, and the $79 Kindle

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

Articles of Interest

Amazon Coming to Spain Next Week — Kindle Store to follow? – eBookNewser

Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Is Very Real. I’ve Seen It, Played With It. | TechCrunch

Hybrid Books: ‘Illuminations’ And The Future of the eReader

On the evilness of the emerging ebook app ecosystem …

We Ask Ken Wissoker: Do We Need to Rethink Academic Publishing?

New ebook format from Amazon | TeleRead

With Digital Up 140% at B&N, Sales Rise, Loss Falls

Uninformed, Unhinged, and Unfair The Monbiot Rant « The Scholarly Kitchen

George Monbiot — The Lairds of Learning – How did academic publishers acquire these feudal powers?

New ebook format from Amazon | TeleRead

iPad, I Saw, I Waited: The State of E-Textbooks | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

The death of books has been greatly exaggerated | Books | guardian.co.uk

Seniors, Women Embracing Tablets, E-Readers | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Sony’s new 6″ Reader Wi-Fi to offer wireless connectivity to public library systems

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

New Pew study on Higher Education and the Digital Revolution anticipates digital textbooks

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

Articles of Interest

Vook Explains Why $3, $4, or even $9.99 Isn’t Always the Best Price for an eBook – eBookNewser

Do e-Textbooks Help Students Save Money?

E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital — Campus Technology

Time for book publishers to fight dirty – chicagotribune.com

Inkling Raises $17M for Digital Textbooks – Liz Gannes – Media – AllThingsD

Internet Public Library – eReader Resources

Project MUSE® – Project MUSE E-Mail Announcement Archive

Many people really don’t know what to do with ebooks | Christina’s LIS Rant

This Is Why We’ll Never Have Innovative E-Books | Epicenter | Wired.com

Why Did Facebook Buy an e-Book Publisher? – NYTimes.com

Ebooks now 15% of Simon & Schuster revenue – The Digital Reader

Mass Digitization: Aptara Digitizing 730,000 Pages of Content for SAGE’s New eBook Platform” « INFOdocket

The Good, the Bad, and the Sexy: Our Espresso Book Machine Experience « The Scholarly Kitchen

Kobo found a way around Apple’s rules – The Digital Reader

Direct-to-consumer — it’s the way to go | FutureBook

More signs that Sony is about to launch a new ereader model | TeleRead

British Library’s 19th Century Historical Collection App now offers 45K titles

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

Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, Google Books remove in-app purchasing from iOS apps

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:

Kindle, Nook & Kobo Apple Apps No Longer Sell eBooks – GalleyCat

Amazon caves to Apple, drops Kindle’s in-app button – Computerworld

Sidestepping Apple: From Amazon to Condé, Companies Rethink Their App Strategies | Epicenter | Wired.com

OverDrive mobile sites remember library card number

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.

Articles of Interest – ALA Annual eBook Wrap-up version

Archive of the 2011 ALA Annual Tech Wrapup | ALA TechSource

Ebook Developments Were HOT at ALA – Information Today

eBook Tip Sheets – ALA OITP – Anne Behler

eBook FAQs. 36 Most Common Questions Answered by the OITP eBook Task Force | Librarian by Day

Go To Hellman: 3M’s eBook Cloud Library Didn’t Come Out of Nowhere!

Ebook Vendors at #ALA11 | David Lee King

ALA and post ALA eBook News Wrap Up #ala11 | Librarian by Day

ALA Annual 2011: Ebooks: New Strategy Required, Now | In the Bookroom

ALA Annual 2011: Louisiana Deep-Fried Angst | In the Bookroom

New interview with OverDrive’s Dan Stasiewski about the WIN Platform

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 dan@overdrive.com

Articles of Interest

LibraryLaw Blog: What libraries can do when they buy an ebook

Bluefire Reader now complies with Apple’s in-app purchase rules | The Digital Reader

E-reader ownership doubles in six months | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

Baker & Taylor and B&N team up to make library books available on the Nook | TeleRead

ALA Annual 2011: Internet Archive’s In-Library Lending Program Signs 1,000 Libraries

American Library Association E-books Taskforce Continues Open Dialogue With HarperCollins « INFOdocket

Ebook Summit

7 Platforms Changing the Future of Publishing | Brain Pickings

eBook FAQs. 36 Most Common Questions Answered by the OITP eBook Task Force | Librarian by Day

Go To Hellman: 3M’s eBook Cloud Library Didn’t Come Out of Nowhere!

Interview with Britannica’s Rick Lumsden about ebook platform and apps

Last Saturday at the ALA Conference I met with Rick Lumsden, Executive Director for Institutional Sales and Marketing for Britannica.  We discussed Britannica’s new ebook platform and their mobile apps.  More information about Britannica’s ebooks and previews of the books can be found at ebooks.eb.com.