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 »

eBooks Are Forever Wants to Solve the Library eBook Problem

Libraries are getting screwed on ebooks even worse than consumers. Where a consumer has to worry about content vanishing with a deceased ebookstore or an expired contract, libraries have to contend with annual fees, expiring licenses, and mysterious technical glitches. JA Konrath wants to help. Around this time last year he and August Wainwright launched eBooksAreForever, a new… Read More »

How to Read Borrowed OverDrive Library eBooks on Your Kindle, Android, iDevice or Windows Phone

There are a hundred and one places to get free ebooks, including free ebook sites, through the Kindle Store and other ebookstores, and (last but not least) your local public library. Many public libraries on the US and around the world lend ebooks through OverDrive, 3M Cloud Library, and other services. When it comes to… 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 »