Rosen Publishing will be launching a new series of interactive eBooks this August.Â There are 120 books ranging in subjects that meet the needs of the common core and support transliteracy skills.Â I spoke with Miriam Gilbert, Director, Rosen Digital and Gina Strazzabosco, Vice President, Rosen Publishing, this past weekend to find out more about the program.Â Their interview is available on the NSR interviews page.
News Release, June 21, 2012
Ingram adds Lerner Interactive Booksâ„¢ to ipageÂ®
As more libraries look to expand e-book offerings to patrons, publishers like Lerner Publishing Group are choosing Ingram Content Group to supply e-books via Ingramâ€™s ipageÂ® search and order platform.
Public libraries will now have access to more than 200 interactive childrenâ€™s books from Lerner Digitalâ„¢ through Ingram. Ordering through ipage allows libraries to select and purchase content on a title-by-title basis. Continue reading Lerner Publishing interactive titles now available via Ingram’s ipage
Congratulations to all of the blogs and bloggers – those nominated and those awarded.Â Thanks to all for your continued support of No Shelf Required, the Academic Honorable Mention for 2012.
Salem Press once again surveyed the library blog landscape in search of exceptional thinking, writing, and information. Hundreds of blog nominations poured in, thousands of votes were cast, leaving our distinguished guest judges with the difficult task of selecting one winner per category.
The public has voted online. All votes have been tallied. The judges have now spoken. Without (much) further ado, we present our list of 2012 Library Blog Award winners, broken down by category and complete with collective musings on what made these eight blogs beat the competition. Continue reading Salem Press Library Blog Awards announced
Your vote for No Shelf Required in the academic blog category is greatly appreciated.
| It’s that time of year, again. We’re preparing to recognize exceptional thinking and writing in library blogs by inviting all readers to vote for a favorite blog. So click below to browse the nominees and vote.
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) 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
Hackensack, New Jersey – May 30, 2012 – Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Publishing (www.salempress.com), is pleased to announce the launch of The Library Blog Centerâ€”the home of The Library Blog Awards and the newly revised Library Blog Directory.
Months in the making, with input from experienced bloggers and editors, Salem’s carefully vetted Library Blog Directory is a free, no-registration-required tool designed to help librarians discover high-quality blog content on LIS issues. The 1,300-plus library blogs may be searched or browsed by focus (e.g., Book Views & Reviews, Cataloging & Classification, K-12 Education); blog type (e.g., independent, publication, association); or blog audience (e.g., general, academic, school, public). Continue reading Salem Press announces Library Blog Center and 2012 Library Blog Awards
Farmington Hills, Mich., May 31, 2012 â€” Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced Classroom in Context (CLiC), a curriculum-based family of resources designed to supplement textbooks and enhance learning with authoritative, media-rich content from Galeâ€™s award-winning In Context product suite. Continue reading Gale releases new Classroom in Context resources to supplement textbooks
Great news from OverDrive about a forthcoming browser-based eBook reader.Â This should really open up many more ereading alternatives for patrons who don’t have a dedicated eReading device or a tablet. More from the press release:
(Cleveland) â€“ May 30, 2012 â€“ Leading global eBook distributor OverDrive today announced plans to launch later this year a new eBook reading platform, â€œOverDrive Read.â€Â Based on open standards HTML5 and EPUB, OverDrive Read creates a fresh, direct and immersive reading experience offering significant benefits for publishers, booksellers, libraries and schools.Â Unlike eBook apps or devices, OverDrive Read enables readers using standard web browsers to enjoy eBooks online and offline without first installing any software or activating their device.Â OverDrive will demonstrate this new eReading platform at Book Expo America, in New York City, June 5-7, 2012 (Booth #4340), as well as at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 22-25. Continue reading OverDrive Read, a browser-based eBook reader to launch later this year
Please consider attending this LJ webinar highlighting the Douglas County Libraries eBook program. Register for free online.
Ebooks: A New Paradigm in Douglas County, or a New Twist on the Past?
The staff at the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado have been implementing for the past year an innovative ebook lending model that gives the library actual ownership of the ebook file, rather than leasing access to it via a third party. The library has its own content server and after striking deals with various publishers it loads the files onto the server and applies the requisite DRM before lending. The library is providing a concrete example of how in the digital age libraries remain reliable stewards of intellectual content.
In this webinar, Jamie LaRue, the libraryâ€™s director, Monique Sendze, the IT director, and Lisa Long Hickman, the sales and marketing manager for Dzanc Books, will discuss the model.
Jamie LaRue, Library director, Douglas County Libraries
Monique Sendze, Associate director of IT, Douglas County Libraries
Lisa Long-Hickman, Sales and marketing manager, Dzanc Books
Mike Kelley, Executive Editor (News and Features), Library Journal
Available online now!
E-Content: The Digital Dialogue
This digital supplement addresses critical issues related to ebooks, e-content, digital literacy, and more! You can read it online or pick up one of a limited supply of print copies at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheimâ€”pick yours up at Office for Information Technology Policy programs and in the ALA Membership Pavilion.
What you’ll find inside:
- ALAÂ´s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group cochairs, Sari Feldman and Robert Wolven,summarize recent ebook activities and suggest directions for the future.
Deborah Caldwell-Stone from the Office for Intellectual Freedom focuses on ebook privacy and related ethical issues.
James LaRue offers perspectives from a reader, librarian, publisher, writer, and bookseller on ebooks today and tomorrow.
You can read this supplement in the easy-to-use Zmag web browser format, or download it as a PDF for offline reading. Click here to get started.
Library Journal invites you to participate in our 2012 ebook survey. We want to hear from all U.S. public, academic and school libraries, even if your library currently has no ebook collection. Every person who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing to win an Apple iPadâ„¢!
This research will allow libraries to cite persuasive data when engaged in conversations with library stakeholders, publishers and library vendors. Results from the LJ/SLJ ebook surveys conducted over the last two years revealed:
- Â The availability of ebooks in public libraries increased from 72% to 82% nationally between 2010 and 2011.Ebook circulation increased 108% over the same time period.
- In 2011, approximately 4% of public librariesâ€™ materials budgets was spent on ebooks.
- Almost all (95%) of academic libraries offered ebooks to users in 2011 with the average number of ebook titles available practically doubling from the previous year to 65,000. Ebooks represented almost 9% of materials budgets in 2011.
- School libraries saw the most movement on ebook adoption last year, up to 44% in 2011 from 33% in 2010. The number of ebooks available to students/faculty jumped 700% to almost 400 titles in 2011.
- The prevalence of library-owned ereading devices for student usage was 17% with over a third of remaining school libraries considering them. Continue reading Library Journal’s 2012 eBook survey now open through June 30, 2012
As libraries worldwide add digital content to complement print materials, Ingram is expanding its e-book offering for libraries with an e-book subscription option for popular Sesame Street e-books.
The Sesame Street e-bookstore subscription on ipageÂ® provides libraries of any size unlimited access to more than 150 read-along, audio, animated and interactive books through their Ingram library account. The online solution can be used with any browser, and e-books can be read on Mac, PC and the iPadÂ®. Libraries set usage rules on each subscription. Continue reading Ingram adds Sesame Street ebooks
From an EBSCO press release:Â IPSWICH, Mass. â€” April 10, 2012 â€” EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) is making it easier for library staff to search for e-books and audiobooks and add them to their collections with the new EBSCOhostÂ® Collection Manager (ECM). ECM can be used to search or browse for e-books and audiobooks by title, author, publisher and more or make selections from the Subject Sets or Featured Collections created by EBSCOâ€™s collection development experts. ECM can also help libraries create and manage lists of titles they want to expose to patron drive acquisition (PDA), manage deposits and determine which ownership models to apply to the various e-books and audiobooks in their collection. Continue reading New EBSCOhost Collection Manager released
Pew Internet and American Life Project has just released the results of a new study – The Rise of E-Reading.Â 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.
E-Books Drive Revenue Growth Across Book Trade in January 2012 – Digital Book World
An Academic Spring – American Libraries
A Look at Students using eTextbooks (Infographic) – eBOOKNEWSER
Bringing up a Young Reader on E-Books – New York Times
Will Hatchette Be The First Big-6 Publisher toDrop DRM on E-books? – paidcontent.org
Going Digital Does Not Lower Textbook Prices – Inside Higher Education
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.Â 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.Â 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).Â 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
From an OverDrive press release:
Libraries and schools powered by OverDrive now lending J.K. Rowlingâ€™s popular series
in eBook and digital audiobook formats
Cleveland, Ohio, March 29, 2012 â€“ Ever since the Harry Potter phenomenon cast a spell on readers worldwide, fans of J.K. Rowlingâ€™s groundbreaking series have been eager for the chance to check out the novels in digital format from libraries and schools. Now, library patrons and students worldwide can borrow and enjoy their favorite Harry Potter titles on all major eReading devices, thanks toÂ an agreement between Pottermoreâ€”the online home of Harry Potterâ€”andÂ OverDrive, the leading eBook supplier to libraries and schools.Â The seven-book series is now available in eBook and digital audiobook format at more than 18,000 libraries and schools in more than 20 countries.
To find a participating library or school in the OverDrive network or to launch a digital collection in your library or school, visitwww.overdrive.com/harrypotter.Â OverDrive enables libraries and schools to increase reading and literacyÂ with access to Harry Potter and more than 700,000 eBooks, audiobooks, music and video across a full range of subjects.
â€œHarry Potter has had an unprecedented impact on multiple generations of readers,â€ said Karen Estrovich, collection development manager for OverDrive.Â â€œNow that the stories are available for lending in digital formats, libraries and schools worldwide have a powerful new way to reach readers of all ages. Harry Potter eBooks and digital audiobooks have the potential to immerse a new wave of readers in J.K. Rowlingâ€™s captivating adventures and inspire a lifelong passion for books and reading.â€
The Harry Potter collection is available in EPUB eBook format (and Kindle in the U.S.) as well as MP3 audiobook format.Â Initially available in English, additional versions will be available in French, Italian, German and Spanish soon. Readers can access this exciting contentÂ on all major devices, including PC, MacÂ®, SonyÂ® Reader, KindleÂ® (U.S. only), NOOKâ„¢, iPhoneÂ®, iPadÂ®, Androidâ„¢ phones and tablets, BlackBerryÂ®, and WindowsÂ® Phone.
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishersÂ and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers, serving millions of end users. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH.Â www.overdrive.com
Great reads today about the launch of e-book sales from Pottermore.
Pottermore Shop (for ebooks, U.S. site)
Announcements:Â Potter Available on Nook and Kindle – Digital Book World
You Can Buy the Harry Potter E-Books Now – Here’s What You Need to Know – paidcontent.org
Harry Potter Digital Checkouts Start Thursday – Digital Shift
Why Pottermore Could Change Everything – Digital Book World
What’s the greater fear for publishers? Amazon or Piracy? The Shatzkin Files
Library Publishing Report Suggests Partnerships, Creating Positions Â – Library Journal
Aloha Encyclopaedia Britannica Print Edition – Information Today
Thinking more about ebooks and libraries and what big publishers should do – The Shatzkin Files
Libraries as Community Publishers:Â How to Turn the Tables – Publishers Weekly
How to Protect Copyright Is Key Topic at Publishers’ Meeting – Chronicle of Higher Education
The Portal Problem, Part 1: The Plight of the Britannica – Scholarly Kitchen
Jetbook Color Now Deployed to NYC’s Largest High School – eBook Newser
Speed and Retention — Are e-Readers more Slower and More Forgetful – Scholarly Kitchen
Wonderful news today from ProQuest. They will continue the tradition of publishing the Statistical Abstract of the United States, beginning with the 2013 edition (in print and digital formats).Â They will partner with Bernan Press who will continue the tradition of publishing the print edition. Â No word on pricing at this time.Â Here is the full press release:
ProQuest Picks up Where the Census Bureau Left Off:
The Statistical Abstract of the United States Will Be Back This Year
Researchersâ€™ cherished guide to social and economic stats gets a new lease on digital and print life
March 22, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest will rescue one of researchersâ€™ most valued reference tools when it takes on publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States beginning with the 2013 edition. The move ensures continuation of this premier guide to an extraordinary array of statistics, which has been published since 1878. The U.S. Census Bureau, responsible for publishing the work, announced in March 2011 that it would cease production of the Statistical Abstract after the 2012 edition, prompting widespread concern among librarians, journalists, and researchers about the disappearance of this essential research tool.
â€œI’m thrilled that ProQuest will continue aggregating this important content,â€ said Wright State University librarian Sue Polanka, author of the widely readÂ No Shelf Required blog. Polanka was part of a Reference User Services Association committee who organized a discussion at the American Library Associationâ€™s Midwinter conference about how to save theÂ Statistical Abstract from extinction.Â â€œEven in our increasingly digital world, theÂ Statistical Abstract remains one of the best reference sources for libraries.â€Â [summary of the program, SP] Continue reading The Statistical Abstract lives on – ProQuest will publish starting in 2013