Macmillan to Distribute Audiobooks to Libraries via Hoopla

OverDrive is perhaps the best-known supplier of audiobooks to libraries but they are not the only name in the game. On Wednesday Macmillan inked a contract with Hoopla,  Midwest Tape’s digital content platform, to distribute audiobooks to libraries. Macmillan is joining Hoopla’s service as part of a pilot test which will bring acclaimed authors such as Jeffrey Archer, Orson Scott Card,… Read More »

Proquest Acquires OverDrive Competitor MyiLibrary

Here’s a bit of ebook news which didn’t get the attention it deserved this week. Proquest announced a deal on Thursday  to acquire Ingram’s library services unit. In particular, Proquest is buying Coutts Information Services from Ingram Content Group, including both the MyiLibrary platform and content acquisition and management tools (iPage, OASIS etc). Update: Ingram is nitpicking the preceding paragraph, and wanted… Read More »

Findaway World Launches a Kids Tablet Designed for Libraries, Classrooms

With tablet prices dropping year after year, more and more libraries are lending tablets to their patrons. Unfortunately most consumer tablets aren’t study enough to survive long with this type of use, but Findaway World has the solution. Earlier this week this Cleveland-based company launched a new tablet which is specifically designed to be checked out to… Read More »

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

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… Read More »

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

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.

French Railway SNCF Launches Free Digital Reading Program

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… Read More »