OverDrive announced today that eBooks from more than 20,000 schools and libraries in its U.S. network are available to be used with Amazon’s Kindle FreeTime. OverDrive is the only supplier of eBooks to schools and libraries with support for Kindle devices. This enables kids and parents to access thousands of Kindle format eBooks from the library and read them within the FreeTime feature using the same parental controls and educational goal-setting that FreeTime offers for other activities. Continue reading OverDrive ebooks now available with Kindle FreeTime
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 12, 2014 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, today announced an expansion of its widely-adopted Axis 360 digital media services into Canadian libraries, in partnership with well-known library service provider Whitehots Inc. Continue reading Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 expands to Canadian libraries through partnership with Whitehots
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) and partner the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) were awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant of $209,460 for their project proposal, “eVoke 2.0: Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project” in October 2013.
The project team, consisting of staff from DCL and CLiC, felt that the ever-increasing use of e-books and e-readers demands that libraries become strong players in digital content delivery to remain vital and relevant to the communities they serve. Continue reading Douglas County Libraries and CLic move forward with statewide ebook pilot project
Very pleased to see a good colleague of mine (and the first person brave enough to do an interview with me for NSR back in 2008) launch his own digital media company – Mission Bell Media. The web site is beautiful and worth a look and a read, as I’m sure the content will be as well. More from the press release below.
Just launched: Mission Bell Media
At the intersection of leadership and librarianship Continue reading Mission Bell Media launches
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 5, 2014 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that its popular Axis 360 digital media platform is now integrated with the BiblioCommons discovery layer. This move ensures library patrons see and have access to all library materials from the online catalog — whether physical or digital — and creates a convenient experience for borrowing and enjoying ebooks and digital audiobooks in the patron’s favorite reading apps and on their device of choice. Continue reading Baker & Taylor integrates Axis 360 with the BiblioCommons discovery layer
Libraries are used to receiving a lot of love from vendors and publishers during National Library Week, which this year kicks off on April 13th. Many vendors have already made announcements about opening up their content, including ProQuest and Oxford University Press. Total Boox is joining them today with its own initiative.
This is a first, folks: In honor of National Library Week, the ebook vendor will open up its entire collection of ebooks (20,000 and counting) on April 13th and make it accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Although one does not have to be a library patron to take advantage of the free reading, Total Boox is encouraging public librarians in particular to use this opportunity to educate their patrons about ebooks, especially in the communities where libraries cannot afford ebook lending services.
The Free Reading Week site is set up and becomes active April 13th. Users need to sign up for the service on this page using their email and password. They will then be prompted to download the Total Boox free Reader app for one of the three tablets supported: Android, iOS, or Kindle Fire. Books may then be downloaded by visiting www.totalboox.com.
Full press release below.
New York, NY, April 7, 2014–In celebration of National Library Week in the US (April 13 -19, 2014), a week taken to highlight the value of libraries and librarians, Oxford University Press (OUP) will be making all OUP online products, excluding journals, freely available in the US. This free access will begin on April 13 and end on April 19 at this url:
Access will be disseminated via a single username and password.
“We are so excited to free up all of our online content and give it back to the library community, which has given us so much over the years,” notes Stephen Selgrade of OUP’s Online Marketing team. “This is truly an unprecedented amount of free content, from over 30 online databases, covering everything from law to medicine, science to humanities, and math to art and music. Whether you are an academic scholar, high school student, librarian, lawyer, doctor, or an individual searching to learn something new, you’ll be able to find high quality scholarship that fits your needs.”
Resource Centers for librarians, students and professors:
If you need additional resources, tools, and ideas to help you make the most of Oxford’s online resources, please visit the following Resource Centers:
Great news from EBSCO and Random House. The full press release is below. If you want to skip to the title list, go here: For more information on EBSCO eBooks and featured collections including Random House titles, go to: http://www.ebscohost.com/ebooks/popular-fiction
IPSWICH, Mass. April 8, 2014 EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is now offering popular fiction and nonfiction e-books published by Random House, LLC. (Random House), the world’s largest general trade book publisher. EBSCO and Random House have partnered to give customers of EBSCO eBooksâ„¢ access to more than 30,000 e-books from some of the most notable Random House authors, including Dan Brown, Sheryl Sandberg, Dean Koontz, Gillian Flynn and more. Continue reading EBSCO eBooks adds 30,000 Random House titles
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
Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox, Ltd. sent me this story he wrote about snatching ebooks. I think it’s a clever tale showing us the sad state of ebook borrowing in many of our libraries. He gave me permission to post it here.
Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading
by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO, Total Boox Ltd.
Its 5:20 PM. My wife should be home in about half an hour. I promised I’d do the dishes and have the place looking decent when she returns. I have 47 pages to go with my book, and I’m dying to complete it. Yes, I can complete it before it expires and evaporates from my device at 5:46, but then, the dishes. The sink looks like a railroad crash on a rainy day. Continue reading Book Snatching, the most violent act in the history of reading
I took the new Britannica research site for a very quick spin. It’s a clean, colorful interface with intuitive icons, links, and features – very easy to navigate. The landing page features three search boxes, each specialized for a different age group (curious if we can choose one as a default depending on our library level). Content is also divided into three reading levels to correspond. Images, videos, recommended web sites, read-aloud, translation, and citation tools are built in. The press release below has more information. Nice job, Michael and everyone else at EB.
CHICAGO, March 11, 2014Britannica Digital Learning today announced Britannica Library, the next generation of its comprehensive reference and research service for library users of all ages.The newly designed site is Britannica’s richest library product to date and includes new and continuously revised articles from encyclopedias, journals and periodicals, related multimedia, primary sources, links to useful Web sites and ebooks. Continue reading Britannica unveils new reference and research site for libraries – all ages, all devices
This new service looks really exciting. A very practical way to use circulation data to determine the selection of forthcoming titles for specific library locations. I think we will see much more evidence-based selection in the future.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 19, 2014 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today a new service backed by collectionHQ’s data: ESP — Evidence-based Selection Planning. Continue reading Baker & Taylor announce new evidence-based selection planning
February 27, 2014 — (Lanham, MD) — Rowman & Littlefield is proud to announce its new partnership with Douglas County Libraries to provide e-books directly to the DCL e-book platform.
This partnership is part of DCL’s move to partner directly with publishers to provide electronic content for patrons. The newly signed agreement stipulates that e-books will be provided at a flat discount directly to the library system’s platform. This includes the trade, general interest, and reference titles most of interest to today’s readers. Continue reading Douglas County Libraries adds Rowman & Littlefield titles to the DCL platform
Press release received 1/23/14
NASHVILLE, TN — Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced that the Williamson County Public Library in Franklin, Tennessee has launched an innovative publishing program using IngramSpark®, Ingram’s comprehensive print and digital independent publisher platform.
“The creation of our first book and the development of our publishing program has been a labor of love and illustrates how libraries of today can move forward in new and exciting ways to serve their patrons,” said Dolores Greenwald, Library Director, Williamson County Public Library. “Through the tools available from Ingram, more public libraries can easily assist writers to independently publish their works to benefit the writer, readers and the communities they live in – IngramSpark is such a great program.” Continue reading Tennessee Public Library launches publishing program with IngramSpark platform
Below is a press release about a partnership between OdiloTID, USA and the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado). If you have heard about the Douglas County Model regarding ebooks, this partnership sets some of the groundwork for other libraries to expand upon the same model. For some background information on the players and the grant mentioned, see these posts:
OdiloConsortiaâ„¢ to Power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project
OdiloTID, USA is delighted to announce that OdiloConsortia, the Odilo eBook Platform for eBook purchasing, management and lending, will power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado) funded by a recent LSTA/IMLS grant.
Beginning in October, pilot libraries throughout the state of Colorado will offer eBooks to their communities via different channels for eBook lending. The model apart from big publishers will incorporate library-created content, as well as content from midlist publishers, emerging small, independent and self-publishers. It also integrates eBook titles from large distributors, such as OverDrive and 3M. Continue reading Public libraries in Colorado to use the Odilo eBook platform for purchasing, management, and lending
Take a look at this new publication from the ReadersFirst Coalition. If you aren’t familiar with ReadersFirst, here is a bit more about them:
Libraries have a responsibility to fight for the public and ensure that users have the same open, easy and free access to e-books that they have come to rely on with physical books. They face two major challenges. The first is that, unlike print books, publishers are not required to sell e-books to libraries — and many do not. This is a complex and evolving issue. The second, addressed here, is that the products currently offered by e-content distributors, the middlemen from whom libraries buy e-books, create a fragmented, disjointed and cumbersome user experience. more on the website.
January 14, 2014 — NEW YORK– The ReadersFirst coalition, representing more than 292 library systems and nearly 200 million library users, unveiled today a new guide to help library systems
make informed decisions as e-book providers to the public and to advocate for libraries having a greater role in shaping e-lending in our public institutions. The ReadersFirst Guide to Library EBook
ReadersFirst Guide to Library EBook Vendors ranks seven Library e-book vendors and outlines best practices for the distribution of eBooks. Continue reading ReadersFirst Guide to Library E-book Vendors, a new publication from the ReadersFirst Coalition
Gale Partners with Career Online High School to Deliver Accredited High School Diploma Program through Public Libraries Nationwide
Farmington Hills, Mich., January 9, 2014 Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of educational content, tools and services to libraries, schools and businesses, announced today the launch of Career Online High School to its public library partners. Now available to public libraries nationwide, this groundbreaking program allows libraries to demonstrate their critical impact on the quality of life and economic growth of their communities by enabling library patrons to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate. Part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary education or the workforce. Los Angeles Public Library, one of the largest public library systems in the United States, is the first institution to deliver Career Online High School to its community. Continue reading Gale launches Career Online High School to public libraries for accredited high school diplomas
The Cleveland Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and Toledo-Lucas County Public Library were recently awarded a combined total of $508,457 in federal LSTA funds from the State Library of Ohio, matched with $251,964 from OPLIN (Ohio Public Information Network) to create a network of coordinated Digitization Hubs. The Digitization Hubs will be regional digitization centers with specialized state-of-the-art technology to digitize and archive, for online access and hardcopy reproduction, rare and culturally significant materials located in their libraries. Once established, the hubs will also serve other libraries, museums, archives, and local communities. Full news release below. Continue reading Ohio public libraries receive grant funding to create network of coordinated digitization hubs
NEW YORK and CLEVELAND, Dec. 5, 2013 — McGraw-Hill Professional, a leading global provider of print and electronic content and services for the business, education, technical and medical communities, and OverDrive, the world’s largest eBook, audiobook, music and video lending service for schools and libraries, announced today that McGraw-Hill Professional’s eBook catalog is now available for K-12 school libraries and public libraries worldwide. This catalog is one of the premier eBook collections for business, consumer, education, technical, and medical titles available on the market today. To celebrate this new offering, 2012 and 2013 McGraw-Hill eBook releases (more than 700 titles) will be offered at special bundled rates and packages for K-12 school and public library partners through the end of this year in OverDrive Marketplace. Continue reading McGraw-Hill professional ebooks now available on OverDrive
Congratulations to everyone in Colorado on receiving this grant! I’m pleased to see that the forward thinking librarians in Colorado will continue with their important work. Please see the press release below for details on the program.
LSTA awards Douglas County Libraries and CLiC more than $209,000
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) and partner the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) were recently awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant of $209,460 for their project proposal, “eVoke 2.0: Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project.”
The project team, consisting of staff from DCL and CLiC, felt that the ever-increasing use of e-books and e-readers demands that libraries become strong players in digital content delivery to remain vital and relevant to the communities they serve. Continue reading Douglas County and CLC receive LSTA grant to expand eVoke project for digital content purchasing and lending