Florida Polytechnic University is going where several have gone before. Just in time for its inaugural fall semester, this state school has debuted a new library which features a sunlit arched roof and cozy reading chairs – but not a single book.
The Wall Street Journal has joined the chorus of voices comparing public libraries to subscription ebook services, and unfortunately its comparison is almost as false as the suggestion published by Forbes that libraries be replaced by Kindle Unlimited subscriptions.
Released last week, the IFLA 2014 eLending Background Paper offers a detailed look at the state of library ebook collections around the world. Continue reading
–Maybe even read E to your visiting child if you’re a jailed mother.
–Use two-way Google Hangouts video to enjoy a virtual book club without leaving your house. Or go to the same event in person and see yourself later on YouTube. Continue reading
Satisfied with their year-old library ebook pilot, Simon & Schuster announced today that they were making their entire catalog of frontlist and backlist titles available as ebooks to all libraries in the US.
As with the pilot, libraries can acquire an ebook under a one-user at a time license which expires after a year. Library patrons can also buy buy S&S ebooks via the library website, earning libraries a commission on the ebook sales they generate. Continue reading
The DCL had partnered with the Colorado Library Consortium last year to create eVoke 2.0. Using funds provided by a federal grant, the eVoke project seeks to duplicate the Douglas County Libraries’ pioneering ebook library platform and enable other library systems in Colorado to launch similar platforms. Continue reading
It’s been just over a month since the Publisher’s Association launched a year long e-lending pilot in partnership with 4 libraries in the UK, and the early results are showing that ebook borrowers are also buyers. Janene Cox, the president of the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), was speaking at the London Book Fair last week when she told The Bookseller that “people who loan books, buy books”. Continue reading
In honor of National Library Week, Total Boox announced today that their “pay-as-you-read” metered ebook platform will be completely free next week to all users.
This Israeli startup offers a catalog of over 20,000 titles from a wide variety of publishers, and next week anyone with an Android or Kindle Fire tablet, iPhone, or iPad, in the United States and around the world can download and read any of the ebooks for free. Continue reading
Turkish Airlines announced on Friday that they were launching a new digital library service for their frequent flier program.
Sky Library, which is open to Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles members, offers readers access to a selection of professional publications, business magazines, kids books, short nonfiction works, and self-improvement books. It also includes a single album of Turkish music, and there is a placeholder for a promotional video. Continue reading
Library Journal released the results of a survey last week, and it revealed that ebooks don’t have nearly as large of a share of libraries’ budgets as the one might assume from the press coverage. Continue reading