JukePop Launches KickStarter Campaign to Bring Serial eBooks to Libraries

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A two-year-old ebook platform stepped into the limelight last week when it launched a Kickstarter campaign, with the goal of funding its expansion into the crowded library ebook market. Launched in 2012, JukePop Serials is a crowd sourced discovery platform with a staff of three and an unusual focus. This service finds compelling stories by good writers and serves 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 ...

The ALA Wants You to Know that Libraries Are More Than Just a “Netflix for Books”

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The launch of Kindle Unlimited last week spawned a round of articles calling for killing libraries and replacing them with KU subscriptions, and today the ALA fired back. The American Library Association has released the results of their latest survey today, and according to the report libraries fill more needs in the community than simply as ...

Hip Video Explains All-Digital Library in Bexar County, Texas

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–Read an e-book at home or in the library, or a digital comic or graphic novel. –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 ...

‘Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription’ – Forbes

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Amazon’s new subscription plan for e-book readers is already ammo for library-haters. Check out this gem in Forbes online. The headline I’ve quoted reflects the precise sentiments of the article: “Let’s just close down the lending libraries and buy every citizen an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription.” Granted, writer Tim Worstall is a British loony despite his appearances ...

Simon & Schuster Expands Library eBook Program to All US Libraries

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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 ...

Miss Scarlett, in the Library, with a Kindle

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Libraries everywhere are ereaders and tablets for their patrons, but some are discovering that it's not a good idea to let the devices leave the building. A small library north of Anchorage, Alaska recently learned the hard way that expensive electronics are tempting prizes for thieves. Palmer Public Library, which is part of the Matanuska-Susitna ...