Credo Reference adds National Gallery Images

From a Credo Press Release:

Credo Reference adds prestigious National Gallery images to its reference collection

Oxford and Boston, January 26, 2010 – Credo Reference, the award winning online reference library, has signed an agreement to include National Gallery, London images and information in the Credo General Reference Collection.
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New Audio Interview with Patrick Moore of Ingram Digital

Just posted a new interview with Patrick Moore from Ingram Digital on the interviews page. Patrick and I discussed Ingram’s audio-book program.  One slight correction in the interview – Patrick states that Ingram is adding approximately 100 titles per day.  The statement should have been “approximately 100 titles per week.” For more information on Ingram Digital see the following:

MyiLibrary Audio Information – product information – http://www.ingramlibrary.com/myilibrary

Ingram Library Services – public and K-12 libraries – http://www.ingramlibrary.com

Coutts Information Services – academic libraries – http://couttsinformationservices.com

Ingram Content Group – http://www.ingramcontent.com

The new iPad, it sounds like a dream date

Been watching the twits about the iPad – “extraordinary,”  “a dream to type on,” “much more intimate than a laptop,” “the best browsing experience you’ve ever had.”  Sounds like they are describing a dream date (sans the laptop and browsing). Oh wait, now they are talking about pinching folders, ouch.

Seriously – it appears to be a bigger and better iPod Touch.  Multimedia viewing, full keyboard, pictures, email, ebooks, music, google maps, existing apps, yadda yadda.  I’m sure I’ll own one soon, but it doesn’t sound like they’ve introduced anything we haven’t seen in other devices – it will just be better of course because it’s Apple.

Not too much on ebooks thus far and nothing on textbooks.  Anxious to find out more about that.

added later – just read a nice post on teleread about the ebook options on the new ipad.   iBooks – EPUB…this really is a dream date!

New Articles of Interest

Wow, lots of good stuff going on these last couple of weeks.

Forty-nine percent of surveyed consumers unlikely to buy dedicated e-book readers

Before E-book Experimentation, How About A Little Back to Basics?

Ebooks and Higher Ed – Platforms, an overview from inside by Erik Christopher

How to: The archaic art of printing e-books from home

Amazon Opens Kindle to App Developers

Open Book Alliance Calls for Scrapping Google Settlement, with Public Guardian – 1/19/2010 – Library Journal

ALA 2010 Midwinter Meeting: Top Tech Trends Panel Focuses on End Users and Ebooks – 1/19/2010 – Library Journal

Amazon Annouces new 70% Royalty Option for Kindle Publishing

Woman’s Day to Launch Digital ‘Cookvook’

The Making of an eBook: Part 1

Have you heard about blio?

Have you heard about blio reader, the free ebook reader from Baker & Taylor?  I got a demo of it last week at the American Library Association conference in Boston.  It’s pretty cool, offering full color and audio for any open system – MAC, PC, iPhone, netbook, etc.  Blio was developed by a gamer – very cool and wise decision in my opinion.  Even children’s books looked and sounded good on this reader.  Some cool features I saw included:

  • full color
  • text 2 speech (TTS) – which sounded pretty good
  • track audio down to the word, start reading again at the exact word
  • embedded multimedia
  • page turning
  • highlight word and get a definition
  • reflowable text
  • change font
  • some titles were narrated, depends on publisher
  • publishers can edit/control the voice for text 2 speech reading – change gender, tone, speed, etc.

blio will be available for the retail market in February with access to over 1 million free ebooks and a large selection of trade/childrens titles for purchase, through the online bookstore.  B & T plans to expand to the library market in the summer of 2010.  The website offers a comparison chart of various ereaders.  Check it out.

2010 Dartmouth Medal Winners

The Dartmouth Medal, honoring a reference work of outstanding quality and significance, is awarded each year by the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.  This year, 3 titles were honored, one as the Dartmouth Medal winner and two for Honorable Mention.  All 3 multivolume titles are available in ebook format through the publisher’s reference platform.

Winners for 2010 include:

Honorable Mention –

eBook Survey Results from Library Research Service

According to a survey done by the Library Research Service in 2009, the majority of respondents believe that print books will never disappear, only 10% of respondents read books electronically, and in ten years most predict the library will circulate an equal amount of print and electronic materials.  These fun facts and others can be found on the LRS website. Check back frequently as they plan to add more data as it is analyzed.

WorldCat indexes JSTOR content

Here is another sign that times are changing and silos of library information are breaking down.  I searched WorldCat today and found links to JSTOR content, clicked through, and downloaded the PDF without a hitch.  I expect we’ll see more of this, which is great news for the discovery of library content on the web.  The press release is below.

JSTOR now indexed in WorldCat.org

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New Articles of Interest

eBook and Audiobook Download Websites for Libraries See Record Growth in 2009 — OverDrive

“Blindness Organizations And ASU Settle Amazon Kindle DX Discrimination Suit” By Robin Wauters

TBI Research claims Amazon currently sells 90% of all e-books

The Kindle vs. the Nook

Mortgaging the future of universities the e-book package way

think | The Digital Divide (Kindle project at Case Western)

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