In honor of 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
Due to declining 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
Library Journal released the results of a survey last week, and it revealed that ebooks don’t have nearly as large of a share of libraries’ budgets as the one might assume from the press coverage. Continue reading
The 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
The USPTO awarded a new patent last week for a system which will enable libraries to sell ebooks to patrons. For the past several years publishers have been pushing libraries to sell ebooks, and now a couple Canadians have a lock on the idea. Continue reading
OverDrive announced on Wednesday that they had worked out a new deal with Macmillan to make that publishers ebooks available to public and private schools in the US and Canada. Macmillan had previously offered 640 titles to schools in a pilot program, and they are now opening their 12,000-title catalog. Continue reading
Jessica Nunez and her family are just the kind of people who could benefit from well-financed physical libraries, paper books, the digital variety, loans of e-readers, and technical support along with old-fashioned inspiration from dedicated career-librarians. Continue reading
Should Pew researchers survey 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
Over the next 6 months the State Library System will be testing options for a statewide ebook library. If they work out then the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could soon be home to the single largest library consortium. Continue reading
It’s been just over 6 months since Macmillan entered the library ebook market with a small pilot program, and today they are expanding that pilot to include all backlist titles from Macmillan imprints.
That’s 11 thousand titles in total, but it unfortunately does not include Macmillan’s frontlist titles.