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Total Boox, a Library, and a Hospital Break New Ground with the Launch of the World’s First FREE READING ZONE

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Breaking news from ALA: Total Boox announced this morning it has joined forces with a library and a hospital in Texas to launch the world’s first Free Reading ZoneSM (FREZSM). This is a monumental undertaking that hits at the heart of library outreach, digital literacy, and the point where the two meet to support and enable reading in ways not seen before.

As explained in the press release below, FREZSM is an effort to spread reading beyond libraries with the help of libraries and other organizations (for-profit and not-for-profit)  willing to participate, and it turns out, many do. Brazoria County Library System (TX) will make Total Boox’s ebook collection available for free reading at a hospital in its community, making it the world’s first Free Reading Zone. Anyone on the hospital’s campus—patients, caregivers, visitors—will have free and unlimited access to 100,000 ebooks (including fiction, nonfiction, educational content, children’s, YA, etc.).

No Shelf Required is taking special interest in this project as it also hits at the heart of its own mission: to raise awareness among book, library, and information professionals of the potential of ebooks and econtent to transform the world from one where access to the written word is a privilege to one where it is the new norm. The portal will serve as the primary media supporter of this initiative and we will report on its development frequently, not only at this hospital in Texas but in various other places as they are announced.

Congratulations to all involved, especially Brazoria County Library System for setting an example for libraries everywhere and showing what is possible with ebooks and digital content. True leadership begins and ends with putting your best foot forward.

Full press release below. More coverage, including an op-ed on the significance of this initiative, to follow in the coming days. Continue reading Total Boox, a Library, and a Hospital Break New Ground with the Launch of the World’s First FREE READING ZONE

Thought leaders join forces in helping Total Boox advance cutting-edge ebook initiatives

TBX logo 8.2014 (640x440)Total Boox, an ebook service seeking to break all barriers between readers and ebooks—including limited availability, lack of simultaneous access, and prohibitive cost—announced today the formation of an Advisory Board to help advance its forthcoming ebook initiatives.

The Board consists of thought leaders on the cutting-edge of ebook development and distribution, including library directors, LIS scholars, entrepreneurs, and published authors—among them, Jamie LaRue, Sandra Hirsch, and John Dove. The Board also includes Terry Kirchner, the director of Westchester Library System, the first to sign Total Boox.

“Total Boox continues to penetrate the library market with force and purpose, now serving millions of patrons across the United States,” said Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox. “In creating the Advisory Board we aspire to enrich our roster with original thinkers and people with deep understanding of the industry as well as an aptitude for change and growth.” Continue reading Thought leaders join forces in helping Total Boox advance cutting-edge ebook initiatives

Placing a hold — Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog

NSR is pleased to present the second in a series of stories written by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox,  on the irrationality of the ebook ‘situation’ in libraries.  His first story, Book Snatching — Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading, was published on NSR three weeks ago. It is about the absurdity of ebooks disappearing from devices; this one is about the absurdity of needing to place holds in digital environments.

Librarians and publishers alike need to be reminded of such absurdities. In a world beset with analytical articles from trade journals, it’s quite refreshing to consider such absurdities through fictional narratives. As Neil Gaiman (long-time supporter of libraries) wisely put it: “Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn’t.” Continue reading Placing a hold — Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog

Book Snatching — Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading

A little over two years ago, shortly after Total Boox entered the library market, NSR published a story written by Total Boox CEO and Founder, Yoav Lorch, on the absurdity of ebooks disappearing from devices. Sue Polanka (founder of NSR) wrote in her introduction to the story that it was a “clever tale showing us the sad state of ebook borrowing in libraries.”

Since the picture hasn’t changed much, and the absurdity of ebook content disappearing from devices still reigns in 2016, I’ve asked Mr. Lorch for permission to publish the story again. Enjoy.

Continue reading Book Snatching — Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading

Total Boox Emerges as a Major Player in the Library Ebook Market

Total Boox’ ebook collection has grown rapidly in recent months, and its new agreements with libraries across the U.S. help position it as a major contender in the library ebook marketplace

January 5, 2016 (New York, Tel Aviv) — As its library outreach continues, with five million patrons able to access Total Boox in New York, California, Connecticut, Tennessee, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, and Virginia, the company behind the pay-as-you-read ebook service is pleased to usher in the New Year with a major announcement: owing to recently signed agreements with several top publishers and distribution groups—among them Independent Publishers Group (IPG), Vearsa, Lonely Planet, Berlitz, De Gruyter, Oxford University Press (ELT Division), Lerner, Rourke Educational Media, and The Child’s World—the size of Total Boox’ ebook collection has more than quadrupled in the last few months, bringing the new total of titles available for instant reading to nearly 100,000. Continue reading Total Boox Emerges as a Major Player in the Library Ebook Market

Top publishers partner with Total Boox

February, 19, 2015 (New York, Tel Aviv) — As its library outreach continues, with millions of patrons now able to use Total Boox in library systems in New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas, Colorado, and Kansas, the company behind the revolutionary pay-as-you-read metered ebook service is pleased to announce significant expansion of its catalog via newly signed agreements with several publishers. These include the Workman Publishing Company and all of its imprints—Algonquin, Artisan, Storey Publishing, The Experiment, and Timber Press, among others—New World Library, Riptide Publishing, ECW Press, Rourke Educational Media, Packt Publishing, Parkstone Publishing, In This Together Media, FarBeyond Publishing, and Independent Publishers Group. Continue reading Top publishers partner with Total Boox

ALA panel summary: Leading with Ebooks

A few weeks ago at the ALA Annual Conference, Mirela Roncevic, an NSR contributing writer, organized a panel discussion about leading with ebooks.  Panelists included:

  • Jamie LaRue – founder of the Douglas County Libraries Model, a library platform for the management of ebooks.
  • Elizabeth Joseph – recently appointed Coordinator of Information and adult services at The Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut
  • Stuart Smith -  Open Road; featured speaker on Huffington Post Live and is a contributor to multiple literacy blogs.
  • Terry Kirchner – Westchester Library System, Terry has taken the digital leap and fully embraces the potential offered by ebooks.
  • Michael Rockliff set out to become a librarian, and is now Director, School and Library Sales & Marketing at Workman Publishing Company, where he remains happily ensconsed.
  • Yoav Lorch is a writer turned entrepreneur and founder of Total BooX, his third startup.

I enjoyed the initial presentations from both Roncevic and Lorch,  They both agreed to share their slides, which are available here:

Mirela led with a discussion on the difference between a manager and a leader. She provided several examples with regard to ebooks.  For instance, managing ebooks might include words like build, limit, copy, accept, control, or take.  But, leading with ebooks would look more like these words:  create, expand, originate, challenge, inspire, and give. This, of course, relates to both publishers and libraries. Continue reading ALA panel summary: Leading with Ebooks

ALA Panel Alert: Leading with Ebooks — New Strategies for Librarians and Publishers

Join a panel of librarians, publishers, and thought leaders in a dynamic exchange of ideas for advancing ebook services in libraries.

LEADING WITH EBOOKS: NEW STRATEGIES FOR LIBRARIANS AND PUBLISHERS
Sunday, June 29th, Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N252, 3:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Total BooX, an ebook service based on the premise that public libraries need not settle for less than instant, simultaneous access to ebooks or pay for the content not read by their patrons, this panel seeks to challenge existing patterns in ebook management and engage industry leaders to identify the trends moving publishing and librarianship into new territories.

Topics explored include: thinking like digital natives (even if we are not); tracking reading (after the checkout); rethinking marketing (as everyone’s task); valuing content (while embracing technology); and acting now (and walking the talk).

The panel is moderated by Mirela Roncevic, co-editor of ALA’s journal eContent Quarterly and contributing writer to No Shelf Required.

Continue reading ALA Panel Alert: Leading with Ebooks — New Strategies for Librarians and Publishers

Total BooX Announces Service Expansion in the United States

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Allegany County (MD), Brazoria County (TX), and The Ferguson Library, Stamford (CT) Join Westchester Library System (NY) To Offer Total BooX Service

May 28, 2014 (New York, Tel Aviv)—Total BooX is pleased to announce the expansion of its service in U.S. libraries, which officially launched in late 2013 with Westchester Library System in New York. Three more libraries will now provide the revolutionary ebook service to their patrons, including Allegany County Library System (ACLS), MD, Brazoria County Library System (BCLS), TX, and The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT.

“Ours is the only platform that allows libraries to pay for the value received, while giving patrons instant and perpetual access. This is a major shift,” said Total BooX Founder Yoav Lorch when the service debuted at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January 2014. Since then, the Israeli company has expanded its operations in the United States to include representatives on the East and West coasts. Continue reading Total BooX Announces Service Expansion in the United States

Placing a Hold: Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog

TBX log low rezI’m pleased to present the second in a series of stories written by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox.  His first story, Book Snatching, the most violent act in the history of reading, was posted on NSR a couple of months ago.  It’s worth a read as well.  Thanks for sharing your stories, Yoav.

Placing a Hold
Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog
Yoav Lorch

My library allows us, the patrons, to place up to 10 holds on books. I noticed I used up 9, and not wanting to waste valuable resources I set to place my last hold. Continue reading Placing a Hold: Emotional adventures in the ebook catalog