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News Roundup [August 26, 2016]

News Roundup

Every Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their organizations, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. Here’s the thinking behind what we choose to highlight. Enjoy this week’s compilation.

Three Reading Revolutions (No Shelf Required)

U. of Michigan’s Art, Architecture and Engineering Library Providing Access to Some E-Textbooks via Library Subs (Infodocket)

Romancing the E-book: A conversation with Book Riot’s Jessica Tripler (Teleread)

Incredible new resource! New York Public Library Invites You to Tap the Collection (NY Times)

How the New York Public Library made ebooks open, and thus one trillion times better (Boingboing)

Clemson and National Park Service Launch Open Digital #Repository w/ Over 100,000 Hi-Res Public Domain Images Avail (Infodocket)

e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2016 (The Book Designer)

Looking Back at iOS Accessibility’s Biggest Milestones (512 Pixels)

Guest Post: You’re Wrong About Digital Comics – Here’s What You’re Missing (The Digital Reader)

Switzerland’s ETH-Bibliothek is uploading 134,000 images to Wikimedia Commons (Wikimeda)

Explore the Harvard Art Museums’ Massive Bauhaus Collection Online (Hyperallergic)

Bibliotheca Announces Partnership with PRH’s Living Language (Digital Book World)

Report Highlights: “Textbook Trends: How U.S. College Students Source Course Materials” (Infodocket)

OverDrive to present on expanded global distribution of digital content at Beijing International Book Fair (Overdrive)

Sno-Isle, OverDrive Test Demand-Driven Ebook Acquisition (Library Journal)

What Agents Should Know About Ebooks Made from PDFs (Digital Book World)

Axiell partners with Odlio to expand digital content offering to libraries (Library Stuff)

Ebook Anatomy: Inside the Black Box (The Book Designer)

Singapore Government launches public consultation on major copyright reform (IP Kitten)


Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @noshelfrequired. For her writings related to books and all things creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

Info on who is speaking on Indie Author Day (and reminder there is still time for libraries to sign up)

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Since the announcement of the Indie Author Day (set for October 8th), 260 (and counting) libraries have signed up to participate. The event is designed to bring local writing communities together in their libraries to participate in panels, book readings and signings, workshops, and presentations. Then, at 2 p.m. EST everyone is invited to join a virtual panel featuring the following experts:

Moderator

Jon Fine, a First Amendment attorney, is best known in the publishing industry as the longtime Director of Author and Publisher Relations for Amazon. He left that position at the beginning of 2015 after almost a decade with the company, and now is consulting in professional online and traditional media and e-commerce, both in legal and business affairs.]

Panelists

Robin Cutler began her career in publishing over 30 years ago and is currently the Director of IngramSpark. She has also served as Assistant Director at USC Press and Executive Director of University Relations at the University of Wisconsin, she started a trade imprint, SummerHouse Press, and served as its CEO. Robin most recently worked as Vendor Manager for Amazon/CreateSpace. Robin has broad knowledge of indie, academic and trade publishing and is an expert in content creation and distribution, on-demand models, marketing and author strategies. Robin is a leader in the independent publishing space, and when not developing new programs and services for IngramSpark, she can often be found sharing her expertise at industry events around the world.

Kiera Parrott is the Reviews Director for School Library Journal and Library Journal. Through SELF-e, Library Journal is helping indie authors to get discovered in the library. Prior to working at Library Journal, Kiera was children’s librarian in various roles including head of children’s services at Darien Library in Connecticut, Darien’s children’s librarian / collection development coordinator and a children’s librarian at New York Public Library. Kiera’s favorite books are the ones that make her cry — or snort — on public transportation.

Jim Blanton was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Upon graduating from U.K. in 2000 with his M.L.S., Jim went to work for the Chesapeake Public Library in Chesapeake, Virginia where he served in a variety of roles including Assistant Director. He was a two-time recipient of the Virginia Public Library Director’s award for Outstanding Adult Program of the Year, received the VPLD award for Outstanding Young Adult program and was also named by Library Journal as a 2012 Mover and Shaker for his work on a financial literacy game called Save Steve.

L. Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is the author of new adult, fantasy and paranormal romance with characters who match the real world. Her debut novel, Song of Blood & Stone, won the 2016 Self-Publishing eBook Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Learn more about L. Penelope and her books on her website.

News Roundup [August 19, 2016]

News Roundup

Each Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their companies, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. Here’s the thinking behind what we choose to highlight:

  • focus on diversity and giving equal voice to established news sources as well as to blogs run by independent thinkers
  • promotion of efforts that support digital literacy (in all incarnations)
  • attention to ebook and literacy initiatives in emerging markets
  • strong interest in ideas propelling the industry forward rather than promotions of certain brands
  • strong interest in professionals  challenging the status quo and leading the way

Enjoy this week’s compilation.


@rhizome Has Released the First Public Version of #Webrecorder Library Journal

Did You Know Audible Will Steal Away Your Credits If You Cancel Your Membership? The Digital Reader

Kindle in Motion: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Amazon’s New Enhanced Format (Screenshots) The Digital Reader

Worldwide availability of current Kindle Models as of 8/11/16 Kindle World

eBook Accessibility Audit in UK Higher Education Cilip

The Idiomatic generates random idioms to annoy and confuse your friends Boingboing

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec adds 2.4 million bibliographic records to WorldCat OCIC

Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) Adds Digital Collections From Utah State Archives aaa Infodocket

Author Co-Founds Enhanced eBook Startup The Digital Reader

Amazon Deletes Kannada-Langauge eBook, Indian Literary Community Freaks Out The Digital Reader

VAT ON BOOKS IS HARMING PUBLIC EDUCATION IN KENYA Bizna

The Connecticut State Library Announces the First Phase of the Development of a Statewide Library eBook Platform CT State Library

Comment le Réseau Carel tente d’améliorer le prêt numérique en bibliothèque et PNB Scoop It

Technology is not the death of deep reading No Shelf Required

Kindle Unlimited Funding Jumps in July 2016 The Digital Reader

The forgotten world of TV guide magazines, curated Boingboing

Kindle Instant Preview Indies Unlimited

New Report: “Digitizing Orphan Works: Legal Strategies to Reduce Risks for Open Access to Copyrighted #OrphanWorks” Infodocket

Condé Nast adds iPad support for The New Yorker Today app Talking New Media

Reference: The Bauhaus, a Comprehensive New Digital Resource, Launched By The Harvard Art Museums Infodocket

Book Making: The typographical challenges in publishing indigenous-language books Quill and Quire

Writers Can Earn Cash With In-Story Ads on Wattpad Wattpad

Why publishers are turning to the atomisation of content Fipp

Barnes & Noble Introduces the New Samsung Galaxy Tab A NOOK Barnes & Noble

Kobo’s new Aura One e-reader is big and waterproof Engadget

Librarian uses 21st-century technology to showcase Buffalo’s 19th-century splendor Library Stuff

Explore our Catalogue of Medieval Manuscripts, a free online resource for Middle Ages fans Medieval Manuscrip Blog

The Fourth Time is the Charm: Wattpad to Interrupt Stories With Adverts The Digital Reader

“Wayback Machine Won’t Censor Archive for Taste, Director Says After Olympics Article Scrubbed” Infodocket

The Best New Way to Read? Novels Told Through Text Messages Library Stuff

Ed Note: All titles of the articles listed below appear in the style used in the original sources.


Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @noshelfrequired. For her writings related to books and all things creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

News Roundup [August 5, 2016]

News Roundup

Each Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their companies, institutions, countries, and continents.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. Here’s the thinking behind what we choose to highlight:

  • focus on diversity and giving equal voice to established news sources as well as to blogs run by independent thinkers
  • promotion of efforts that support digital literacy (in all incarnations)
  • attention to ebook and literacy initiatives in emerging markets
  • strong interest in ideas propelling the industry forward rather than promotions of certain brands
  • strong interest in professionals  challenging the status quo and leading the way

Enjoy this week’s compilation.

Big thanks to @JeffBezos for being my guest on the eighth anniversary of the Kindle Chronicles!

Pocket US Constitution Becomes Amazon Bestseller

If Almost Forty Percent of ABA Members Aren’t Actually Indie Bookstores, Can We Really Say There’s a Revival?

Harry Potter Ebooks Arrive in China, in Both Chinese and English

Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain

Entitled: The art of naming without further elaboration or qualification.

Princeton’s Cotsen Library Digitizes Classic Soviet Children’s Books

Hachette Partners with Tapas in Push for Mobile Reading

Hummingbird Adds Audiobook-Only Capability to Platform

Txtr Has Closed, Customers Advised to Transfer Accounts to Juke

A Comic Book Artist Reinvents His Craft For Blind Readers

Blog: Browse Our Redesigned and Updated Digital Collections! – Free Library of Philadelphia

Authors, Please Keep Telling Readers How eBooks Should be Expensive

New Digital Collections Online: Florida Restaurant Menus from University of Miami Libraries

Kindle Unlimited Launches in Japan, Costs 980 Yen a Month

Localized iPad Pro Smart Keyboards Arrive

US Editors Observe Trends in the German Book Market | Riky Stock @GBONewYork http://ow.ly/6Ksr302PVan #FBM16

Publishers Lose Another Round in GSU Copyright Case

No power or running water – but digital books galore

OverDrive celebrates 30 years as the global leader in digital library content

Tapas Adds Hachette Titles to Its Pay-As-You-Read Comics Platform

The Changing Face of Publishing

You can now read Spanish stories in The New York Times’ Android app

Podcast: The audiobook gets its groove back

Interview with David Blum the Editor of Kindle Singles

Closed for business: Two big things that could penalize your Amazon author account (and how to prevent them)

Do Indies Have to Do Print?

What Do the Financial Reports from the Big Five Book Publishers Tell Us?

Getting Your EBook into Libraries

SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE ARCHIVE TO BE DIGITISED

Access-to-Own Now Available on ProQuest® Ebook Central™ Platform

Ed Note: All titles of the articles listed below appear in the style used in the original sources.]


Paul Biba is former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead. For his curated ebook/elibrary/epublishing news, follow him on Twitter @paulkbiba.

Mirela Roncevic is Managing Editor at No Shelf Required. For all NSR-related news and reviews, follow her on Twitter @MirelaRoncevic. For her writings related to books and all things creativity and literacy, follow her on Facebook.

ProQuest reimagines RefWorks, reference management service for students, faculty and librarians

RefWorksProQuest has launched its newly improved RefWorks® reference management platform, simplifying and improving research and collaboration workflows.  With full-text management and tools for collaboration, the new RefWorks  platform addresses the needs of students, faculty and librarians with an innovative feature set. Libraries that offer this service to their constituents have access to administrative controls that help their institutions respect intellectual property rights, professional support for themselves and their end-users, and analytics that provide a consistent source of information on patron and content usage. From the rest of the press release: Continue reading ProQuest reimagines RefWorks, reference management service for students, faculty and librarians

Is your library participating in (and supporting) Indie Author Day? These organizations and libraries are.

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A big event is on the horizon this Fall. And NSR is proud (and honored) to be part of it (as a media supporter), especially since it is centered around libraries and reading and, most importantly, the idea that libraries must remain the places that encourage reading above all else. NSR is also the advocate for quality indie publishing, and this event is all about encouraging libraries to support and promote the work of authors from their local communities. The event is called Indie Author Day and here’s what it’s about:

Libraries across North America will host events on October 8th, 2016, designed to bring local writing communities together in their libraries to participate in author panels, book readings and signings, workshops, and presentations. Then, at 2 pm EST everyone is invited to join a digital gathering featuring Q&A with writers, agents, and industry leaders that will bring together the larger indie community. More information about Indie Author Day 2016 is available on its official site. Continue reading Is your library participating in (and supporting) Indie Author Day? These organizations and libraries are.

Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 22

This is a compilation of my real-time Twitter newsfeed – which is available at @paulkbiba

bibliotheca Announces Plans for Pay-Per-Use eAudiobooks and eBooks within Cloud Library https://t.co/hAdE0ebkhC

Kindle Unlimited Payout Jumps in April 2016 as Funding Pool Holds Steady https://t.co/E6EB7jpFRT

U.S. Copyright Office Wants Feedback on Mandatory Deposit of #EBooks and Sound Recordings Available Only Online https://t.co/genwpRHkkn Continue reading Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 22

Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 15

This is a compilation of my real-time Twitter newsfeed, available at @paulkbiba.


Cultural Heritage: Europeana’s 2016 Development Plans and Priorities https://t.co/40Ph3wis8e

Michael Tamblyn (@mtamblyn):How You Will be Reading in the Future: Kobo CEO’s Five Big Ideas /Rakuten Today https://t.co/DgC6Dhwwle

RT @infodocket Ebook Subscrip Service 24symbols Adds HarperCollins U.S. Titles, Partners w/ Libraries in South Amer https://t.co/J88tuz5cuf Continue reading Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 15

Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 8

This is a compilation of my real-time Twitter newsfeed, available at @paulkbiba


Improving literacy with Audio-ebooks https://t.co/1E4qN4aJnO

The IGP Digital Library is open https://t.co/XUn32S4RII

Reports sees the same trend for magazines as eBooks: Ending discounts cuts newsstand sales https://t.co/iYfxBuotIv

Book Snatching — Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading https://t.co/PqkWGm7i7d

Serial Reader https://t.co/QF6CtSPczi Continue reading Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 8

Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 1

Being a compilation of my real-time twitter newsfeed, which is available at @paulkbiba

Three Organizations Partner to Develop Editoria, a New Open Source Digital-First Book Production Platform http://is.gd/LKcT5q

Some thoughts about Amazon selling ebooks to NYC schools Mirela Roncevic http://is.gd/Z9tt2l

Continue reading Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, May 1

In response to Ebook Sales Declining Report from AAP: It’s all good

In response to Declining Ebook SalesSo we learned yesterday, directly from the Association of American Publishers, that publishers’ overall revenue from ebook sales are declining. Some takeaways, as reported by Digital Book World: Ebook sales declined in 2015; digital audio continued to grow in popularity; trade publishers did better than educational and scholarly publishers; adult books performed better than other trade categories. Always more interested in the “how” rather than the “how much,” I’ll let others report on the numbers and figures, while I reflect on the possible/likely reasons why these trends are prevalent, what they teach us about our relationship with ebooks, and why it actually all makes sense (and cents). Continue reading In response to Ebook Sales Declining Report from AAP: It’s all good

Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, April 24

Being a compilation of my real-time twitter newsfeed, which is available at @paulkbiba

Smashwords: 2016 Smashwords Survey Reveals Insight into the Habits of Bestselling Authors https://t.co/0x9dDNzZ2s

eLife Announces New Platform https://t.co/lJ70QcQJQb
Continue reading Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, April 24

Hundreds of ebooks from the MET, free for downloading

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MetPublications (a portal to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s comprehensive publishing program with over 1,500 titles) now offers 448 art books for free downloading (or free browsing online). This means that anyone, anywhere can access quality art books (in PDF) covering everything from the revered masters to books on modern design and art movements.

This is what spreading knowledge in digital format is about. This is what supporting digital literacy for all is about. Maybe not all there is to it, but efforts such as this keep us moving in the right direction. Browse the free ebooks here.

 

Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, February 28

Eleven Wants to Bring Back Adverts in Books http://the-digital-reader.com/2016/02/21/eleven-wants-to-revive-the-practice-of-adverts-in-books/

I didn’t want to resort to self-publishing, but it’s an exhilarating change http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/feb/22/i-didnt-want-to-resort-to-self-publishing-but-its-an-exhilarating-change

Continue reading Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, February 28

Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, February 21

BookTrust: Survey Says 76% of Parents Think Their Children Prefer Print Books https://t.co/74Q48zVSha

Ebook sample subscriptions and automation,by Joe Wikert @jwikert /Publishing 2020 blog https://t.co/UXz3X2qfkc

Continue reading Paul Biba’s eBook, eLibrary and ePublishing news compilation for week ending Sunday, February 21

eShelfâ„  Service e-book platform from Amigos

Back in November, 2015, Amigos Library Services announced the launch of their new eShelfâ„  Service e-book platform as an affordable, flexible option for libraries seeking to capitalize on their patrons’ growing use of electronic books and readers.  The full press release announcing the product is available here.

Christine Peterson, Project Manager for eShelfâ„  Service, conducted a webinar earlier this month highlighting the services and features of the new platform.  The webinar recording is about 45 minutes in length.  Check it out.

Chris told me via email that “as of today, we have 61 imprints from 9 publishers, 5 libraries currently on the service (3 public and 2 academic), and 25,400 titles.”

Great job Chris and Amigos!