Glad to see more vendors making accommodations for visually-impaired users. Â From a Baker & Taylor press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. â€“ May 22, 2012 â€“ Baker & Taylor, Inc., the worldâ€™s largest distributorÂ of digital and physical books, today announced an important new release of its Axis 360Â digital media platform that allows visually-impaired ebook users to have full access andÂ use of their libraryâ€™s digital collections. Â Continue reading Axis 360 new release fully accessible for visually-impaired users
It seems as though OverDrive and 3M garner all of the attention when it comes to ebooks for the public library market.Â So, it’s nice to see Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 in the news this week.Â Library Journal’s Mike Kelley wrote a fabulously detailed article about the service titled, “With Axis 360, Baker & Taylor Establishes a Foothold in the Ebook Distribution Market.”Â He provides an overview of the digital media platform, Axis 360 and a glimpse of their reader, blio. It’s definitely worth a look, particularly for small libraries with limited funds for ebooks.
I had the chance to speak with Michael Bills, Director of Sales for Digital Products at Baker & Taylor about Axis 360 and Blio a few months ago.Â Our audio interview is available as part of the NSR interviews series. Have a listen.
Last week I interviewed Michael Bills,Â Director for Sales, Digital Products,Â from Baker & Taylor about their eReader software, Blio.Â Michael discussed the functionality of Blio and discussed Axis 360, a hosting and circulation platform for the Blio reader.
For more information on blio, visit http://www.baker-taylor.com/blio.cfm
Michaels interview, along with 40+ others are available on the NSR interviews page.
ARTstor images (over one million) will now be searchable in the EDS.Â Great news for the discovery of multiple information formats in one location.
More from the press release:Â The ARTstor Digital Library will be searchable via EBSCO Discovery Serviceâ„¢ (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) allowing mutual customers to use EDS to explore even more of a libraryâ€™s collection. The agreement between ARTstor and EBSCO increases the value to ARTstor subscribers using EDS since end users will be able to search ARTstor Digital Library collectionsâ€”over one million imagesâ€”alongside their libraryâ€™s entire print and electronic collection.
The ARTstor Digital Library serves as a curated, aggregated, and reliable online image resource that supports non-commercial educational use of images for research, teaching, and learning. The resource comprises hundreds of collections from museums, photo archives, photographers, scholars, artists, artistsâ€™ estates, and libraries. Today, ARTstor serves more than 1,300 institutions in 42 countries. Continue reading EBSCO Discovery Service indexing ARTstor
From an EBSCO press release:Â A recent agreement between EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and World Book, Inc. (World Book) will bring twelve popular reference tools into EBSCO Discovery Serviceâ„¢ (EDS). Metadata, including full-text searching, for World Book resources will be added to the EDS Base Index allowing the World Book content to better impact searching through the EDS single search interface. The twelve World Book resources that will be searchable in EDS include popular English language titles as well as French and Spanish language reference tools.
The titles include:Â World Book Kids, World Book Student, World Book Advanced, World Book Discoverer, World Book Online for Kids, World Book Online Info Finder, World Book Online Reference Center, Living Green, Early People, Inventions & Discoveries as well as the French and Spanish language reference tools, L’Encyclopedie Decoverte & Enciclopedia Estudantil Hallazagos Continue reading World Book content searchable on EBSCO Discovery Service
From a Serials Solutions press release:
ebraryÂ®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, and long-time partner YBP Library Services, today announced the launch of an integratedÂ Demand Driven AcquisitionÂ model that may be used in conjunction with Short Term Loans. The new program enables libraries to cost-effectively and efficiently provide patrons with access to vast amounts of information through their existing YBP workflow and only purchase e-books that are used.
Participating libraries may use YBPâ€™s advanced profiling to automatically select appropriate ebrary content for their Demand Driven Acquisition program, with complete duplication control across all YBP services and consolidated invoicing from YBP. Custom MARC records are provided, and titles are tracked in YBPâ€™s GOBIâ„¢. Continue reading ebrary and YBP launch demand driven acquisition/short-term loan model
This panel discussion was moderated by Dick Kaser from Information Today. Â Speakers included Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing, Leslie Lees, ebrary, Bob Nardini, Ingram, and Mike Shontz, OverDrive.
Each panelist had 5 minutes to discuss who they serve and business models they offer.
Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing
From an email I received, also linked on PR Web:
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Credo Reference, the online reference service, have extended their partnership allowing the reference content from Credo Reference to be discoverable within EBSCO Discovery Serviceâ„¢ (EDS). Metadata from Credo General Reference, Credo Topic Pages and Publisher Collections will be added to the EDS Base Index. The addition of this rich and extensive content will impact searchers using the EDS single search interface by providing reference content and overviews of top research topics within discovery. Continue reading Credo Reference Content now Discoverable in EBSCO Discovery Service
Springer, who has existing eRetail partnerships with Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and others, announced this week the addition of the Google eBookstore for Springer eBook titles.
From their press release:Â Springer eBooks can now also be purchased via Googleâ€™s eBookstore. Google currently holds the biggest collection of Springer eBooks with more than 52,000 books, which is a combination of physically scanned books published prior to 2006 and PDF file submissions since 2006. Springer adds 4,000 newly published titles per year.
Springer eBooks are also available on Amazon for the Kindle, and in the near future Barnes & Noble for the NookStudy.com platform, Kobo Books, B&T BLIO, Entourage and Appleâ€™s iBooks, which is now receiving books in the free and open ebook format ePub. Springer will soon also deliver books in ePub format to Amazon for the Kindle. Continue reading Springer eBooks now also available in the Google eBookstore
Reprinted in full from One Librarian’s Perspective, by Tim Kambitsch, Director of the Dayton Metro Library.
It is fashionable to declared Digital Rights Management (DRM) dead. And maybe in the world of music it is. For eBooks in the library marketplace, however, DRM is alive and well. The book publishers who may be more conservative than the music industry in trying to protect their intellectual property are willing to stymie sales in electronic formats to maximize their sense of security.
In the ideal open-yet-market-driven eBook environment there won’t be DRM, but regardless of whether DRM lives on, the closed vertically integrated world of eBooks sales to libraries presents a bigger problem; it is that environment that needs to change. For libraries to both offer electronic collections and maintain their role of building collections for the long term we need a layered environment where the purchase of materials is separated from the where those purchased materials are hosted. Further, library patrons deserve distinct choices for the programs and devices they use for readings. Continue reading Opening the eBook Market
Below is the press release from K-NFB announcing the official availability of the blio reader for Windows.Â There’s been a lot of chatter on twitter today about reviews, download issues, complaints from MAC users, etc.Â The CNET coverage of blio is worth a look.Â For a more colorful review, try The Digital Reader.Â KNFB responded the next day – first day jitters.
I had some download issues of my own, the attempted download froze up Firefox two times, so I had to revert to IE, which worked just fine.Â I also noticed in the small print on the blio site than an accessible version will be out in October.Â So, MAC users and those requiring the accessible version will have to wait for the blio experience. Continue reading blio available for download today – mixed reviews
The wait is finally over, well only if you own a Windows based device, for the blio reader from K-NFB and it’s partner Baker and Taylor.Â There is a full story in Business Wire, but the highlights include:
- free to download
- available immediately (Sept. 28th) for all Windows-based devices
- applications for iOS and Android operating systems following soon after
- full-color, interactive and immersive content
- todayâ€™s best-sellers as well as rich media content thatâ€™s simply not available on e-ink e-readers
- B & T signed over a hundred publishers Continue reading Much awaited blio reader to launch Windows version on September 28th
Mark your calendars for September 29th, the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit – eBooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point.Â This looks like it will be a fabulous event with great keynote speakers lined up and a diverse selection of panel discussions.Â Ray Kurzweill, Kevin Kelly, and David Lankes are featured keynote speakers.Â The breakout sessions will feature program tracks for school, public, and academic libraries.Â The program is available online, and early bird registration for the VERY LOW price of $19.95 (librarians and students) ends on July 30th.Â Â I’m sure this great price is thanks to the sponsors – OverDrive, Baker and Taylor, Capstone Digital, and Gale/Cengage.
Congrats LJ – this is a wonderful idea and I can’t wait to attend.
Today’s LJ Academic Newswire reported on Database Marketplace 2010.Â They listed several new interfaces and features from eBook publishers.Â For the full story, visit the LJ Academic Newswire. Continue reading Publishers beef up on eBook offerings
Baker & Taylor recently announced a partnership with Information Age PublishingÂ and Wiley (announcement) for print on demand services.Â Using B & T’s Textstream Digital Print Service, over 1,000 backfiles from Information Age Publishing and a wide variety of backfile titles from Wiley will now be available POD for B & T customers.
B & T launched it’s Textstream Digital Print Service in the fall of 2009. Textstream offers digital print and bind options with a variety of options including: hardcover, spiral bindings, dust-jackets, and 4-color inside pages.
Making the Case for Digital Printing – Â Tools of Change Conference – Feb. 22, 1:30 – 3:30
Brian O’Leary and Ashley Gordon
This session was directed to publishers who are thinking about digital printing opportunities. Â The speakers were obviously pro-digital printing and provided many examples of the benefits of digital printing for publishers. Â But, libraries should take note. Â Digital printing could be a good source of revenue for libraries who have large digital collections. Â I particular like the idea of “chunking” Â and creating keepsake books from public domain material (discussed below). Â Consortia could purchase a POD machine and member libraries could use this for a variety of projects, just think of the number of digital collections in one consortia. Â What great revenue! Â The speakers discussed 3 overlapping segments in digital printing- digital printing vendors, onsite services, and author services
Digital printing is more than print on demand (POD). Â POD is a strategy in digital printing.
Content: Think in terms of content, not the physical book Continue reading Tools of Change – Making the Case for Digital Printing
Have you heard about blio reader, the free ebook reader from Baker & Taylor?Â I got a demo of it last week at the American Library Association conference in Boston.Â It’s pretty cool, offering full color and audio for any open system – MAC, PC, iPhone, netbook, etc.Â Blio was developed by a gamer – very cool and wise decision in my opinion.Â Even children’s books looked and sounded good on this reader.Â 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.Â B & T plans to expand to the library market in the summer of 2010.Â The website offers a comparison chart of various ereaders.Â Check it out.
From an ebrary press release:
Final survey report now freely available courtesy of Charleston Conference, YBP, and ebrary
December 21, 2009â€”London, UKâ€”CIBER research group at University College London today announced the availability of the final report for its global library survey that concerns challenges, trends, and best practices during tough economic times. Co-sponsored by Charleston Conference, Baker & Taylorâ€™s YBP Library Services, and ebraryÂ®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, the survey was completed by 835 institutions around the world. Anyone may receive a complimentary copy of the final report by registering at http://www.ebrary.com/corp/inforequest/survey2009.jsp. Continue reading CIBER Announces Results of Global Library Survey, Findings to Be Discussed at ALA Midwinter