HarperCollins, Time Inc Partner With JetBlue, Will Provide Free In-Flight Content

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European publishers have long been dabbling in offering free ebooks to passengers on trains and buses and now HarperCollins is getting into the mix. The publisher announced this morning that it would be participating in JetBlue's Fly-Fi Hub service, which launched this morning. Pitched as a free source of content for JetBlue passengers, the Fly-Fi Hub draws from a variety ...

Simon & Schuster Loosens Restrictions on Library eBook Distribution

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When Simon & Schuster expanded its library ebook distribution in June, they required all libraries who bought S&S ebooks for their collections to also add a buy button to the listings in the libraries' catalogs. Today S&S relaxed that restriction, possibly in the hopes that more libraries would carry S&S titles. The ALA announced the news today in a ...

3M Cloud Library Launches New Hardware Lending Program with the Nook Glowlight

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It looks like this is going to be a week for bad ideas, because 3M just stepped in it. I just got a press release which touts the 3M Cloud Library's new hardware lending program. This library ebook vendor was pleased to announce that their platform was now compatible with the Nook Glowlight, B&N's latest ereader. Libraries can ...

French Railway SNCF Launches Free Digital Reading Program

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Rail travelers have a lot of time on their hands but they don't always have a good book to fill it, and that's why SNCF has launched a new digital library program. Passengers riding on the French state railway can now take advantage of a selection of free public domain ebooks. Developed in partnership with Storylab and Parallel ...

Kentucky Public Libraries Launch New Web Portal for Self-Published Authors

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The Henderson County and Daviess County Public Libraries recently launched a new portal at www.ePublishOrBust.com with the goal of helping potential writers make the leap to self-published authors. These two public libraries in western Kentucky certainly aren't the first public library to extend a helping hand to authors, or more specifically self-published authors, but they could be the ...

A Florida University is Going Off the Books

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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. FPU's new library is on the second floor of the Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building (pictured above). ...

The WSJ is Wrong – Libraries Will Always Trump Kindle Unlimited

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 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. Writing in yesterday's WSJ, Geoffrey Fowler argues that public libraries offer a better value - for now: But ...

Report: Library eBook Lending Lags the US in Much of the World

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A new report from the IFLA reminds us that annoyances like Penguin and other major US trade publishers restricting checkouts is truly a first world problem. Released last week, the IFLA 2014 eLending Background Paper offers a detailed look at the state of library ebook collections around the world. If you went by the press coverage you ...