Has one of your library patrons ever asked why your library had a Kindle bestseller title in print but not as an ebook? Maybe someone who preferred reading e rather than p? Or have you ever wondered the same thing, yourself, when you found an ebook you wanted to read but then found that your collection development people had missed it, or that they had trouble adding it to your collection?
In an earlier article in this column on indies in libraries we looked at indie authors whose ebooks have become bestsellers and discussed why libraries would want to add these to their collections. To summarize what we found, while libraries focus their acquisitions efforts on books from the Big Five, there is a parallel universe of publishing that generates bestsellers and sells them to the public. Some of these bestsellers get into library collections, but not all. The issue for libraries is acquiring as many of these bestsellers as possible to minimize their loss of patrons to Amazon and other ebook services that provide instant access to the titles.
These books are not the old-fashioned self-published books with bad covers and typographical errors that many library and publishing professionals still think of when thinking of independent authors and independent publishing; rather, these are professionally written, edited and produced books (mostly genre fiction) that have been published by highly skilled writers who take advantage of the new realities of publishing. They purchase the editorial and design services of publishing professionals through marketplaces, such as Reedsy, where they can contract for services from editors and others who are current or former employees of the Big Five. They publish and distribute their books on platforms, such as Amazon, that are built to drive sales for them. And they market their books through book blogs, store appearances, and direct email services, such as BookBub.
In this article, we will look at the practical aspects of adding indie ebooks to a library collection, how indie authors distribute their ebooks, and the channels that libraries can use to add these books to their collections. Continue reading What’s the best way to get indies into libraries?
This is the third in a series of articles on ebook models in K-12 or school libraries. The first article was about why school librarians would want to know about anything as abstract as an ebook business model (hint: knowing the basic models will help you choose the best products to meet your library’s goals). The second article examined the four basic models and boiled them down to their simplest levels. One treats ebooks like printed books. One treats ebooks like journal articles. One treats ebooks like books in a bookstore. One treats ebooks like shared resources. Today’s article will show how to use these basic concepts to select the best kinds of ebook products for your library.
Some issues to keep in mind
Before going further, let’s look at some of the issues that come with ebooks in school libraries. We want to have these in mind as we consider how to create a combination of products with different ebook business models. These issues involve three areas: the supplier’s platform and business model, assuring that the ebooks are used to support the educational goals of the school, and bridging the digital divide.
To begin with the platform and business model issues, we need to understand what an ebook platform is, and why it is important. We already know what a business model is and how the four kinds of business models affect school libraries. The platform is the specific technology that an ebook supplier uses to provide ebooks. It includes a web-based interface for student use. It may include apps that make the books readable on mobile devices. It will have an administrative interface or dashboard for you to use so you can control loan periods, track usage, etc. It may also have a teacher interface so that teachers can assign reading to students, and then monitor their progress. If you need to select and purchase individual ebooks before your students can read them, it will also include a book ordering function. In other words, the platform supports everything you, your students and your teachers do with ebooks. Without the platform, you cannot use the ebooks. Continue reading Choosing Ebook Platforms for K-12 Libraries
Major publishers contribute thousands of titles to benefit students in need
February 24, 2016 – Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a video today raising awareness of the new opportunity for children. The initiative is designed to address the challenge of providing digital reading materials to children living in low-income households, and offers unprecedented access to quality digital content, including a catalog of eBooks valued at more than $250 million.
President Obama announced a nongovernmental eBooks effort in support of the ConnectED Initiative at the April 30 Kids Town Hall held by the White House at the Anacostia Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library. ConnectED is multi-pronged effort designed to provide all youth with access to high-quality digital learning tools. Since it launched, over 20 million more students have been connected to high-speed broadband in their schools and libraries and millions more are taking advantage of its free private sector resources. Open eBooks complements the new digital infrastructure to provide an opportunity for kids in need to have a world-class eLibrary in their homes. Continue reading Open eBooks Opens World of Digital Reading to Children for Free
– New offering follows success of pilot program –
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 25, 2015 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced that its Evidence-based Selection Planning (ESP) service, which is supported by collectionHQ’s data analytics platform, will be made available for all U.S. public libraries following a successful pilot program.
ESP brings the art of Baker & Taylor’s collection development expertise together with the science of collectionHQ’s data analytics, to create a decision support system integrated with Title Source 360, to equip libraries with the information to select the right titles and quantities, for the right locations. Continue reading Baker & Taylor and collectionHQ extend evidence-based selection planning
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 26, 2015 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announces the release of its all-in-one Axis 360 mobile app, available for download this summer. The Axis 360 app provides Apple, Android and select Kindle mobile users the ability to discover, download and read ebooks or listen to digital audiobooks, within a single application.
“We set out to create a next-generation experience that truly delivers simplicity, providing users with the functionality they need to discover and enjoy digital content instantaneously, no matter where they are, in three steps or less,” said Amandeep Kochar, EVP Software Products & Services of Baker & Taylor. “To create the optimal, seamless app we aspired for, the process could not be rushed. Baker & Taylor is excited and proud of the end result an all-encompassing design that’s intuitive, efficient and accessible to deliver the ultimate reading experience.” Continue reading Baker & Taylor Announces Launch of All-In-One Axis 360 Mobile App
Sunnyvale, CA — February 26, 2015 – Boopsie, the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, and Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, have integrated the Boopsie Mobile App with Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 digital media library. The partnership will drive circulation and usage of Axis 360 and meet patrons’ expectations for easy access to the library’s digital information and entertainment materials.
Continue reading Boopsie’s mobile app now integrated with Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360
IPSWICH, Mass./CONTOOCOOK, N.H. February 20, 2015 EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is announcing a significant investment in the library workflow with the acquisition of YBP Library Services (YBP) from Baker &Taylor.
Founded in 1971, YBP Library Services has proudly served as the leader in delivering academic library workflow and “shelf ready” solutions through its innovative suite of acquisition and metadata resources. GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information) serves as YBP’s primary tool for the discovery and acquisition of digital and print monographic content. Relied upon by academic, research and special libraries worldwide, GOBI provides access to more than 12 million titles, including more than one million digital titles from leading aggregators and publishers. Continue reading EBSCO acquires YBP Library Services
CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 2, 2015 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today the launch of its new Axis 360 app for both Apple and Android devices. The Axis 360 app offers mobile users the ability to discover, download and listen to digital audiobooks, as well as access ebooks to read, within a single application.
Axis 360 app users will enjoy increased functionality and ease-of-use, with one-stop access to content from their public or school library. Users can browse the library or school’s entire digital collection or search for a specific title. Once they discover that perfect new release or longtime favorite, they can check it out using a built-in audiobook player in addition to the existing ebook reader. Axis 360 also presents recommendations from the library’s collection, based on the user’s selection. Continue reading Baker & Taylor launches new Axis 360 app, for Android and iOS devices
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 29, 2014 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that it has integrated its Axis 360 digital media platform with Boopsie, the leading mobile app platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide. Continue reading Axis 360 Digital Media Platform now integrated with Boopsie
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 14, 2014 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that API integration between its Axis 360 digital media platform and Innovative’s Polaris ILS has been completed, achieving a new milestone in simplified patron experience and digital library administration benefits. Continue reading Axis 360 API integration now available for Innovative’s Polaris ILS
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 12, 2014 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, today announced an expansion of its widely-adopted Axis 360 digital media services into Canadian libraries, in partnership with well-known library service provider Whitehots Inc. Continue reading Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 expands to Canadian libraries through partnership with Whitehots
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 5, 2014 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that its popular Axis 360 digital media platform is now integrated with the BiblioCommons discovery layer. This move ensures library patrons see and have access to all library materials from the online catalog — whether physical or digital — and creates a convenient experience for borrowing and enjoying ebooks and digital audiobooks in the patron’s favorite reading apps and on their device of choice. Continue reading Baker & Taylor integrates Axis 360 with the BiblioCommons discovery layer
This new service looks really exciting. A very practical way to use circulation data to determine the selection of forthcoming titles for specific library locations. I think we will see much more evidence-based selection in the future.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 19, 2014 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today a new service backed by collectionHQ’s data: ESP — Evidence-based Selection Planning. Continue reading Baker & Taylor announce new evidence-based selection planning
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — February 19, 2014 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that it has integrated its Axis 360 digital media library platform with Blackboard Learnâ„¢, Blackboard Inc.’s flagship Learning Management System, giving K-12 students and instructors quick access to digital library materials.
The integration gives students and educators an easy way to discover and borrow digital library ebooks and audiobooks from Axis 360 from within Blackboard Learn. Continue reading Baker & Taylor integrates digital media library with Blackboard Learn platform
CHARLOTTE, N.C., December 9, 2013 — Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, announced today that through a pilot program it will now be able to make available more than 450 popular ebook titles from Simon & Schuster imprints to classrooms and school libraries using the Axis 360 digital media circulation platform.
The pilot allows Baker & Taylor’s K-12 customers to purchase access to many popular, classic and award-winning Simon & Schuster ebooks for school-aged readers. Simon & Schuster titles are now available from Baker & Taylor via Title Source 360, the company’s new, comprehensive collection development and ordering tool for library and educational customers. Continue reading Baker &Taylor’s Axis 360 announces pilot project with Simon & Schuster for school libraries
I’m a little behind on my posts from last week. This is great news regardless.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 18, 2013 — Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, today announced that Macmillan’s entire ebook backlist catalog of more than 11,000 ebooks are being made available to all public libraries using the Axis 360 digital media platform. Continue reading Macmillan opens ebook backlist to libraries via Axis 360
Great news from Baker & Taylor about a new app (iOS and Android) for direct download of titles to tablet devices. axisReader is another option for Axis patrons and provides ereading solely for EPUB and PDF formats. When patrons use Axis 360, they can choose between B&T’s blio reader or axisReader depending on the format they are downloading. Here’s more from the press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 6, 2013 — Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, has released a new, free application for tablets and smartphones called axisReader, which allows patrons of libraries with the Axis 360 digital media platform to seamlessly discover, checkout and read ebooks in EPUB and PDF formats on their mobile devices. The axisReader will be available alongside the existing Blio ereader, which provides a fully-accessible ereading experience to Axis 360 users. Continue reading Baker & Taylor launches axisReader app
I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports. First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models: A Scorecard for Public Libraries. Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition). The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference
This sounds like a great app for audio files.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — January 17, 2013 — Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, announced the launch of its innovative Acoustik audiobook service for the Axis 360 digital media platform, enabling library patrons to borrow and download digital audiobooks directly to their Apple and Android mobile devices. The free Acoustik audiobook app is powered by Findaway World, LLC, an innovative, industry leader in audiobook distribution.
Acoustik audiobooks provide Axis 360-enabled libraries with instant access to more than 25,000 new release and best-selling backlist audiobook titles, offering a diverse and extensive collection, as well as a simple and convenient way for patrons to download and listen on the go. Continue reading Baker & Taylor and Findaway World launch AcoustikTM Audiobooks for the Axis 360 Digital Media Library
Great news from Baker and Taylor. The blio platform is quite nice, but downloading to one’s personal device in EPUB or PDF is another great addition to the service. From the press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 8, 2012 — Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment, today released an upgrade to its popular Axis 360 digital media platform. New options allow library patrons to check out ebooks on ereaders compatible with EPUB and PDF formats, such as NOOK, Sony Reader and Kobo devices.
With Axis 360, library patrons can now use virtually any of the top multi-function phones, tablets and ereader devices to find, check out and read digital titles from their local library. Patrons can select the ebook format that works best for them — EPUB or PDF formats, or Blio, the fully-accessible, free ereader app that offers rich features and content, and is available on Apple iOS, Android and Windows devices. Continue reading Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform now offers EPUB and PDF formats for compatible ereaders