Category Archives: library ebooks

Total Boox Will Make Their Pay-as-You-Read Service Free During National Library Week

In honor oftotal-boox[1] 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

OverDrive Abandons Support for their Blackberry App

Due to blackberry overdrive devicesdeclining sales, Blackberry has long since stopped being one of the major tablet and smartphone makers, so today’s news should come as no surprise.

The library ebook vendor OverDrive sent out an email this morning  to their library partners, announcing that they were withdrawing the OverDrive Media Console app from the Blackberry App World. Continue reading

Updated: UK Publisher’s Association Launches Library eBook Pilot

The 496739855_21321c43f7_m[1]Publisher’s Association announced on Monday that they were launching a year-long e-lending pilot program which would study the effects of ebook lending in libraries.

According to the announcement, the goal of the pilot is to conduct research into the impact of ebook lending in public libraries on authors, publishers and on the library service. The Publisher’s Association says that they want to find “a suitable and sustainable model for all stakeholders”. Continue reading

New Pew survey helps show need for full-strength digital libraries— especially if we’re to help Hispanics, African-Americans and the poor.

Should Pew researchers survey pewcharthispanicsandblacks[1]Americans on the need for a national digital library endowment and two separate digital library systems—-one public and one academic? Definitely, if you extrapolate from a new Pew poll. Continue reading