DailyLit now completely FREE

Just saw this news on one of my RSS feeds, so I went to the DailyLit site to verify.  Sure enough, it’s free.  Thanks Susan!  The press release is below.  If you aren’t familiar with DailyLit, I did a post about them a while back and also interviewed Susan Danziger, the CEO back in of 2008.

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AAP/Bowker Webinar on Consumer Book Buying – Dec. 16th

Wednesday, December 16th from 2 – 3 p.m. EST, AAP and Bowker will host a webinar on consumer book buying.  I attended a webinar back in October moderated and presented by Tina Jordan and Kelly Gallagher and it was really informative and well organized, both were excellent speakers.  The details of the webinar are below and registration is online. Continue reading AAP/Bowker Webinar on Consumer Book Buying – Dec. 16th

Patron Driven Purchasing Usage Study – Results Here

Jason Price and John McDonald from the Claremont University Libraries presented “Beguiled by Bananas: a retrospective study of the usage and breadth of patron vs. library acquired ebook collections” at the Charleston Conference this past November.  Some of the main points from the study were:

Are user-selected ebooks used less often than pre-selected ebooks?
No. User-selected ebooks are used ≈2-5x more often
Do user-selected ebooks have a narrower audience?
No. User-selected ebooks are used by ≈2-3x more unique users
Are user-selected collections less balanced by subject?
No.  User selected collections are similarly balanced.

The complete presentation, in pdf is here. If you’d like to see the notes, then click on this one instead.  Jason and John will also discuss their study in the Proceedings of the 29th Annual Charleston Conference.

EBSCO implements Ringgold Identifier (for usage reports on e-resources)

EBSCO Publishing—The First Aggregator to Implement Ringgold Identifier

~Ringgold Identifier to Provide Timely Information for Usage Reports ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — December 1, 2009 —A new agreement between EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Ringgold announces the implementation of the Ringgold Institutional Identifier within EBSCOhost® databases—supplying the Identifier to publishers with their usage reports. By implementing the Ringgold Identifier, EBSCO will be able to provide their publisher clients with accurate and timely reporting, and immediate integration of this information into their internal systems.
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ebrary announces Title Preview service

From an ebrary press release:

November 30, 2009 – Palo Alto, CA, USA –  ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, today announced the availability of Title Preview™, a new Software as a Service (SaaS) feature that enables publishers, aggregators, corporations, and others to effectively market their digital content and increase leads. Anyone may try Title Preview by visiting http://librarytitles.ebrary.com.

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Gale and Portico collaborate to preserve historical collections

From a Gale Press Release:

Farmington Hills, Mich., Dec. 1, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Portico, part of the not-for-profit organization ITHAKA, announced today an agreement in which Portico will digitally preserve archival versions of a number of the Gale Digital Collections.
“We chose to work with Portico because they are a trusted, reliable archive,” said Frank Menchaca, Gale’s executive vice president for publishing.  “In the unlikely situation that Gale and the scholarly community will need their services, the agreement with Portico puts into place the preservation of a number of the Gale Digital Collections, creating a secure, permanent back-up.”
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New articles of interest

OCLC study on characteristics of books in the public domain

Elgan: 7 reasons why e-book readers make lousy gifts this year

Will textbooks be the biggest e-reader market in five years?

Revised Google Book Search Settlement from a Library Perspective | Disruptive Library Technology Jester

HathiTrust offers full-text search of millions of digitized books and journals

eBook ISBN Survey

The International ISBN Agency is asking folks to take a 4 question survey about ISBN’s and their relation to eBooks.  For more information, visit the agency’s website. A document from Brian Green, the Executive Director, explaining the need for the survey is linked from the Resource Shelf blog.  Not sure why is wasn’t prominently on the International ISBN website.  Here is a brief statement about the survey with a link.

“Requirements for separate identification of different e-book versions
The International ISBN Agency is trying to establish requirements and the simple 4-question survey is designed to assess both the real needs of users and the ability of publishers to satisfy them.  We would be grateful for your response.”

Brian Green
International ISBN Agency
info@isbn-international.org

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