OverDrive Expands International Distribution for eBooks & Audiobooks

From an OverDrive Press Release:

OverDrive Expands International Distribution for eBooks & Audiobooks
Leading booksellers and libraries in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Norway, and the UK join global network

(Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2010) – Consumer Electronics Show – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the global leader in eBook and audiobook distribution, announced today that it recently entered into agreements with top booksellers, publishers, and libraries on five continents. OverDrive will demonstrate its global network and success in enabling access to 400,000 digital books on popular devices, including PC, Mac®, iPod®, iPhone®, Zune®, Sony® Reader™, nook™, and DROID™ by Motorola®, at CES booth #12145 on January 7-10, 2010.
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ebrary PDA pilot extended, PDA survey announced

Glad to see (press release below) that the patron driven model is going well for another e-book aggregator.  Librarians – please take a look at the PDA survey from ebrary.  It’s extensive, detailed, and asks very specific questions about workflow.  The results should be really interesting.  Continue reading ebrary PDA pilot extended, PDA survey announced

American Libraries new website

American Libraries is rolling out a newly redesigned website, tentatively scheduled to appear January 4. The site, which is live now but still carrying the “beta” label, is at www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org. We encourage you to take a look and update your bookmarks and any links to us in your blogs and websites. The AL Online RSS feed will relocate to www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/rss.xml. Making the switch to a new domain could be tricky—we could risk losing readers who are used to our old domain (of course, redirects will be in place, but it’s still going to be a bit confusing), so we wanted to get the word out early. Continue reading American Libraries new website

Survey on Scholarly Book Publishing Practice

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers conducted a survey of academic book publishers policies and practices in online publishing in 2009.  The initial results of that survey are available (released in Oct. 09) with additional results to follow.  More information can be found on the ALPSP site.

From the ALPSP site:  The First Findings Summary (pdf) published on 13 October  2009 draws attention to:

* the size and extent of the forthcoming survey;
* the types of academic publishing currently being undertaken;
* the reported effect on sales of the ‘Look Inside’ function provided by Amazon;
* the number of publishers so far signed up to the Google Book Settlement;
* the proportion of eBooks published by commercial as against non-profit publishers.

Hybrid books – article in Washington Post

Interesting article in the Washington Post on hybrid books – books which contain print, video, links, and other multisensory features.  The article is As books go beyond printed page to multisensory experience – what about reading?

Loss of creativity/imagination is a recurring thought in the article and subsequent comments.   Vooks, as they are called, seem to be aimed at younger audiences.  Are they good for different learning styles??

Survey on e-books and e-readers for academic librarians

Librarians at Saint Cloud University in Minnesota are surveying academic libraries about ebooks and ebook readers.  Here is the original message from librarians Rachel Wexelbaum and Plamen Miltenoff:

At Saint Cloud State University, we are investigating the use of EBooks and EReaders in academic libraries in order to determine where best to invest our funds.  How are EBooks and/or EReaders used in your academic library?  Please complete this brief Survey monkey survey, and feel free to email me with any observations/experiences/challenges you have had with EBooks or EReaders at your institution.  For the best analysis, we need a larger statistical sample.  Please feel free to forward this survey to your colleagues off list.  We would be happy to share the results of this survey with you. Continue reading Survey on e-books and e-readers for academic librarians

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