I received an email today from Kathleen McEvoy at EBSCO Publishing. They are beginning to release mobile applications, the first for the iOS. eBook reading applications will follow (see last line below). More information is also available in the press release.
From the email: The new iPhone app is available free from the iTunes App Store and provides easy authentication for users via a library’s EBSCOhost profile.
The iPhone app introduces new features including the ability to view content in visual landscape mode and the option to save articles and PDF full-text content on the device for offline viewing. The app also includes existing EBSCOhost features such as limiting to full text, date ranges, peer-reviewed content or by publication. Continue reading EBSCO Publishing launches mobile applications
I never thought I’d see the day! Great news Amazon and OverDrive. News release from Kindle here.
From a Publishers Weekly article: Amazon announced this morning that Kindle owners will soon be able to borrow books from public libraries. Working with vendor OverDrive, which manages e-book lending for the vast majority of public libraries, the deal will make thousands of titles available via more than 11,000 of OverDrive’s public library partners. To date, Kindle has been noticeably absent from library lending, as OverDrive’s service worked only with ePub-enabled devices, including the Sony Reader, the Nook, iPads, and smartphones. Amazon officials said that with Kindle Library Lending, library-ebooks managed by OverDrive will now be available for all generations of Kindle devices and for use with free Kindle reading apps on most other devices, including Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone.
The service will launch later this year.
From an OverDrive blog post:
OverDrive has made some enhancements to the apps for Android and iOS. They include:
OverDrive Media Console for Android (v2.2)
- Sepia display option for eBooks
- Screen-dimming override for eBooks
- Faster EPUB performance
- Sleep timer for audiobooks
OverDrive Media Console for iPhone/iPad (v2.2.1)
- Orientation lock for eBooks
- Night mode and sepia display option for eBooks
- Screen lock override for eBooks
- Improved range of font size settings
- In-app library “Website Finder”
Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct EPUB eBook downloads on BlackBerry® mobile devices with the free OverDrive® Media Consoleâ„¢ app for BlackBerry. Users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide can wirelessly download and enjoy EPUB eBooks, as well as MP3 audiobooks, on their BlackBerry devices. Libraries offer best-selling titles, such as “The Social Animal” by David Brooks and “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, which can be borrowed and enjoyed using OverDrive’s app for BlackBerry. Popular business eBooks and audiobooks, as well as titles in virtually any subject, are also available from the library using the BlackBerry app.
The OverDrive app for BlackBerry is available from OverDrive’s website and the MobiHand Superstore. The app will also appear in BlackBerry App Worldâ„¢ in the coming weeks. To see if your library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive Search. Continue reading OverDrive releases the Media console app for BlackBerry
From OverDrive (note one of the sponsors at the bottom): Public and school librarians from around the world will come together with publishing industry leaders at OverDrive’s third international user group conference, Digipalooza (www.digipalooza.com), July 28-31, 2011, in Cleveland. Held every two years, this four-day educational and networking conference will address the massive surge in library eBook borrowing with panels on industry trends, best practices, marketing and outreach, and upcoming enhancements to the OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) service. A roundtable featuring representatives from several of the world’s leading publishing houses will provide librarians with the chance to ask questions, in-person, about the future of library eBook lending. Continue reading Digipalooza III to be held July 28-31, 2011
From an OverDrive Press Release: Public, school, and college libraries now provide direct eBook downloads on the iPad® with the free OverDrive® Media Consoleâ„¢ app. The optimized app enables users at more than 13,000 libraries worldwide to wirelessly download and enjoy eBooks and digital audiobooks from a local library on the Apple® device. Popular and best-selling titles, including “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson, “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, and “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, are a few of the Most Downloaded Books from the Library (www.overdrive.com/mostdownloaded). These digital books and more in popular genres like romance, mystery, thriller, and virtually every subject can now be borrowed from libraries and enjoyed in an optimized iPad app.
The OverDrive Media Console app for iPad is available in the App Store (http://bit.ly/OverDriveApp). To see if your library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit http://search.overdrive.com. Continue reading OverDrive Media Console app for iPad – direct library eBook & audiobook downloads
Yesterday, OverDrive released updates to the OverDrive Media Console apps for iPhone (iOS) and Android, which include the addition of one-click, automatic downloads and other enhancements to user experience.
At the same time, they’ve updated the mobile â€˜Virtual Branch’ sites for libraries with a Project Gutenberg collection, enabling access to the 15,000 DRM-free EPUB eBooks on iPhone and Android. This gives users a chance to download an eBook directly to their iPhone or Android every time they visit your mobile site without waiting lists or holds.
More information and visuals about these OverDrive upgrades are available on the OverDrive Library blog.
From an OverDrive press release: Libraries and schools worldwide were at the forefront of the eBook boom in 2010, as patrons and students downloaded millions of digital books for iPhone®, Androidâ„¢, Sony® Reader, NOOKâ„¢, and personal computers. More than one million new users signed on to access free eBooks, audiobooks, and more from â€˜Virtual Branch’ websites last year, resulting in a 200 percent increase in eBook checkouts and a 52 percent increase in audiobook checkouts over 2009. To find eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video titles from a library near you, visit http://search.overdrive.com.
Key statistics for library eBooks, audiobooks, and more from OverDrive-powered digital catalogs include: Continue reading 200% increase in eBook checkouts from OverDrive virtual libraries….and more stats
OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) has released apps for iPhone® and Androidâ„¢ that enable users to download library eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices for the first time. The free apps include a “Get Books” feature that guides users to their local library’s digital catalog of best-selling and new release titles, allowing them to easily browse, check out, and download with just their device. More than 13,000 public libraries, schools, colleges, and universities now offer eBook and audiobook downloads via OverDrive, including institutions in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and nine other countries. Continue reading OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android enable direct library downloads
Elsevier is now offering a mobile app for iOS, including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. It’s a free download from the iTunes store.
From an Elsevier email:
Did you know?
- Users of SciVerse ScienceDirect and Scopus can now search for and download peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters from their iPhone
- They can also be informed when approaching other published peers, researchers and professors they meet on-campus and at conferences by finding relevant publication information instantly when they want it
- Users can get the right answers when they need them with 25 percent of the world’s trusted scientific content in their pocket
Download SciVerse Mobile Apps
iPhone apps SciVerse ScienceDirect and SciVerse Scopus Alerts are FREE to download to your iPhone for subscribers of ScienceDirect and Scopus.
For those of you interested in eBook statistics related to libraries, this looks like a good candidate.
Primary Research Group has published Library Use of eBooks 2011 Edition, ISBN # 157440-157-2.
The report presents 145 pages of data and commentary on a broad range of eBook issues, including: spending on eBooks in 2010 and anticipated spending for 2011; use levels of various kinds of eBooks; market penetration by various specific eBook publishers; extent of use of aggregators vs offering by specific publishers; purchasing of individual titles; use of various channels of distribution such as traditional book jobbers and leading retail/internet based booksellers; use of eBooks in course reserves and interlibrary loan; impact of eBooks on print book spending; use of eBooks in integrated search; price increases for eBooks; contract renewal rates for eBooks; use of special eBook platforms for smartphones and tablet computers; spending plans and current use of eBook reader such as Nook, Reader and Kindle; the role played by library consortia in eBooks; Continue reading Primary Research Group releases Library Use of eBooks 2011 Edition
Today OverDrive posted a Video Sneak Preview of their upcoming eBook app for iPhone. Check it out at the following:
Digital Library Blog Post: http://overdriveblogs.com/library/2010/11/09/sneak-preview-overdrive-ebook-app-for-iphone/
YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhbV3phZ-N4
The app will support OverDrive-supplied EPUB eBooks upon initial release, and will also continue to support OverDrive MP3 audiobooks like previous versions of the OverDrive app for iPhone. The app for iPhone is currently slated for release in early December.
ASP just announced new functionality for their video products. The following is from an email from ASP: I am pleased to let you know that we now have “Send-to-Mobile” functionality for our video collections as well as our streaming music collections. Videos in Dance in Video and Opera in Video can now be sent to a user’s mobile device for on-the-go viewing.
As with our streaming music collections, you will go to a streaming video databases and look for a cell phone icon (“Send-to-Mobile”) next to each title. Wherever you see that icon you can click it and obtain a “shortlink” to send and enable playback on your mobile device; the link is active for 48 hours. We provide several methods to send this link: Continue reading Alexander Street Press Launches Send-to-Mobile Functionality
Gale released a college version of the Access My Library iPhone app. Using a college email address, students can gain access to Gale resources using their mobile device. The public library version, which was released a while back, offers apple and android apps, the school library and college versions are for apple products only right now. More info on all Gale AML apps is on their website.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers. Ken is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and offered a great deal of information during the interview. It’s about 25 minutes in length, so I strongly encourage you to download the file before listening due to it’s size. Ken provided us with a great list of resources for various aspects of eBook accessibility, which are below. Thanks Ken!
NSR offers monthly interviews with librarians, publishers, and others involved in the eBook industry. Have a listen from the interviews page. Continue reading Accessibility and eBooks – Resources and an Interview
Received this email from Ingram today: Ingram’s VitalSource launches Bookshelf® application for iPadâ„¢, iPhone®, and iPod Touch®now offers three ways to access content
LA VERGNE, TN — Vital Source Technologies, Inc., the leading e-textbook solution provider for publishers, academic institutions and students today announced the availability of the VitalSource Bookshelf application for Apple’s iPadâ„¢, iPhone®, and iPod Touch®.
Continue reading Ingram Launches VitalSource Bookshelf application for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
Safari Books Online has further optimized it’s content for mobile devices. Notes, tags, and save to custom folders options are now accessible from any mobile device that supports 320×480 screen resolution. Sharing (even with non subscribers), enhanced categories, and use analytics are also new. More information is available from Business Wire. Hat tip to Resource Shelf.
SEBASTOPOL, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Safari Books Online (www.safaribooksonline.com), the leading on-demand digital library for technology, digital media and business professionals, today achieved another milestone in its mobile device strategy — the seamless extension of its popular portal features to mobile devices. Subscribers on the go can now enjoy such popular features as creating notes, tagging and saving content in custom folders. Continue reading Safari Books Online Expands Mobile Device Options
I had a great time testing out the new Rosen Online Publishing interface, Rosen Learning Center. This center currently features 12 titles that spotlight Texas. History, government, land, resources, and missions are just a few of the topics covered in the 12 titles, which are designed for 3rd grade reading levels. The books meet the TEKS Standards (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills Standards). The interactive books offer a wonderful variety of options including: Continue reading Rosen Online Publishing offers interactive eBooks