Ingram offers desktop “newswire” application for librarians

Ingram is now offering librarians the option to download an Ingram Wire application to their desktop.  The application will deliver book news and collection development information.  Users may download it at www.ingramwire.com.  According to the press release, “messages are prompted by business need and not advertising.” The application will link to ipage, Ingram’s e-business tool for libraries (to place orders).  For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com.

ebrary launches natural disaster information center

ebrary launched a natural disaster and extreme weather information center last week.  The information center was created using ebrary’s DASH (data sharing, fast) API and includes a collection of publicly available PDF files and Word docs.  Every word on every document can be searched and content is also organized by broad categories like floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.  ebrary’s InfoTools is also available with the information center.  For more information, see the press release.

OverDrive offers DRM free EPUB & PDF and much much more

Received a press release from OverDrive announcing many enhancements to the OverDrive interface and digital content offerings.  The announcements were made today, just shy of the start of the Public Library Association Conference in Portland, Oregon.  Those attending the PLA Conference should stop by the OverDrive booth(2347) for demos of all these new features.  My favorite is “Open eBooks” – DRM free eBooks in EPUB and PDF formats which can be downloaded and read on nearly all EPUB enabled devices.  Here are just a few things mentioned in the press release: Continue reading OverDrive offers DRM free EPUB & PDF and much much more

ABC-CLIO content now on GVRL

There is some great news for librarians wanting their reference content to be searchable on one common interface.  ABC-CLIO has added 250 titles to the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).  The titles are either ABC-CLIO, Greenwood, Praeger, or Libraries Unlimited imprints and cover history, humanities, and general interest topics.  The addition of the ABC-CLIO titles takes the tally of publishing partners for GVRL close to 50 I believe (Nader, please correct me if I’m wrong). For those who want to search the full text of reference content in one platform, having 50 publishers and nearly 5,000 titles to choose from is looking really good right now.  More information can be found on Gales’ Re:sources blog.

Springer eBook Collection to cover OCLC MARC Record delivery costs for Libraries

Received this message from Springer the other day concerning OCLC MARC records.

In the past, libraries downloading OCLC MARC Records for Springer eBooks through OCLC WorldCat Collection Sets were charged a delivery fee.

Recently, Springer finalized an agreement with OCLC: the library will no longer receive any invoices from OCLC for MARC 21 (AACR2) records for Springer eBooks delivered via the WorldCat Collections Sets Services.  Springer will cover these delivery costs.

For additional information on MARC Records for the Springer eBook Collection click here.

De Gruyter’s e-dition offers out-of-print titles in print or electronic format

I received a nice email from De Gruyter about their e-dition service.  De Gruyter e-dition makes over 60,000 backlist titles from De Gruyter’s 260+ year publishing history available for purchase.  This includes titles no longer available in print and titles that would otherwise not be converted to digital format.  At a customer’s request, a formerly unavailable title will now be available both in electronic format (exclusively for libraries and institutions) and/or as a hardcover reprint. Where retro-digitization of material is required, the title will be delivered to the recipient within a maximum of ten weeks.

More information is also available on the De Gruyter web site.

EBL expands content, offers title alert service

eBook aggregator EBL (Ebook Library) just announced the addition of 10,000 new titles in recent weeks, taking their title count to nearly 130,000.  Due to several enhancements to their production process they are now processing new titles even more quickly than before.  They now offer a New Title Alert service for librarians and end users.  The optional service will notify you via email when titles in your subject area are received.  50 subject areas are currently available and cover the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Interview with Anh Bui, HighWire Press – eBook survey results

This year HighWire Press conducted a survey of librarian attitudes and opinions on eBooks.  The survey results were published last week.  I had a chance to discuss the survey with Anh Bui, Executive Publication Manager, Books Products of HighWire Press this week.  I welcome you to take a listen.  Anh welcomes comments and questions – anhbui@stanford.edu.

Anh’s interview marks the 2nd anniversary of NSR audio interviews.  Previous interviews can be found on our interviews page.

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