I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. Â While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Â Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. â€“ January 17, 2013 â€“ Baker & Taylor, the worldâ€™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.
With 2012 coming to a close, I wanted to take another opportunity to introduce you to the wide array of interviews NSR offered this year. The 2012 interviews highlightÂ innovative new products and services from librarians, publishers, and information professionals, a focus on information literacy and core competencies, and creative business models.Â I hope you will take some time to listen.Â Suggestions for 2013 interviews are now being accepted.Â Please contact Sue Polanka for more information.Â You may also be interested in reading Mirela Roncevic’s post, E-Content in Libraries, 2012 in review.
From an EBSCO email:Â 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.Â 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.Â The full press release is below, courtesy of DBW.
3M Cloud Library eReading App Now Available Through Barnes & Nobleâ€™s NOOK Appsâ„¢ Storefront
NOOKÂ® 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 & Nobleâ€™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.Â Add it as another way to market/discover existing library journal subscriptions.Â More from the press release:
ST PAUL, MN â€“ September 25, 201 â€“ Third Iron, LLC, a leading library technology company, announced today the release of BrowZine, a new app for the iPad.Â 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.Â 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→
State of the eReader:Â 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.
Digital Book World sponsored a webinar today, “Digital Content:Â Where are publishers investing and what challenges will they need to overcome?
Speaker:Â 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.Â A couple of additional comments Marc made were that publishers need to repurpose content, repurpose technology, and take control of customer facing technologies.Â 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 –
366 media execs, sample from DBW subscriber list, conducted April, 2012
31% from adult trade (rest mix of other segments – children’s trade, academic, K-12 education, STM)
OverDrive to Provide Streaming Audiobooks to Libraries and Schools — Library and school catalogs to enable instant access to spoken word audio (Cleveland)â€“ June 13, 2012 â€“ 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 â€œSee Bookâ€”Hear Book.â€ 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 â€œListen Nowâ€ option will complement the download options already in use with the millions of installed OverDrive Media Console apps on WindowsÂ®, MacÂ®, iPhoneÂ®, iPadÂ®, Androidâ„¢, WindowsÂ® Phone and BlackBerryÂ®. Continue reading OverDrive to Provide Streaming Audiobooks to Libraries and Schools→
June 7, 2012 â€“ Palo Alto, CA, USA â€“ Less than six months after launching a dedicated iOS app, ebraryÂ®, a ProQuest business, today announced a new Androidâ„¢ app that will be freely available on Google Play this summer.Â 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 iPadÂ®, iPhoneÂ®, and iPod touchÂ®. Continue reading ebrary launches new Android app→
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