July 24, 2014

TIGAR Project From International Publishers Association “Accelerates Book Accessibility”

From an International Publishers Association (IPA) News Release (PDF): Launched in November 2010, the TIGAR Project continues to accelerate. The aim of the TIGAR project is to increase the number of accessible books available worldwide; specifically, to provide access to copyright-protected works in accessible formats for people with print disabilities across borders. Participants include WIPO, […]

Full Text Book Available Online (Free): “Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine”

Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine is available FREE (122 pages; PDF) and/or for $31.24 from Amazon. It was published in April. A new article in NLM In Focus provides some highlights along with comments from the editor. “If I have a gift for anything, it’s that I love to find obscure and wonderful […]

NISO Launches New Initiative to Develop Recommended Practices for Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs

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From a NISO Announcement: The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) voting members have approved a new project to develop recommended practices for the Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs. Many libraries have embraced DDA (also referred to as patron-driven acquisition) to present many more titles to their patrons for potential use and purchase than would ever […]

A New Powerful Review/Collection Development Resource from Media Source: Book Verdict

Congrats to my Media Source colleagues on the launch of the new Book Verdict resource. This new subscription service provides searchable access to more than 30o,000 book and media reviews from more than 20 years of LJ, SLJ, The Horn Book, and Junior Library Guild. New reviews will be added to the database weekly. From […]

Article: “The Amazon Effect”

From an Article Appearing in The Nation: Amazon, not surprisingly, is keen to sharpen its competitive edge, to use every means at its disposal to confound, stymie and overpower its rivals. It is well positioned to do so: the introduction of the Amazon Kindle in 2007 led to a startling surge in e-book sales, which […]

Update: Utah: ACLU Wants District to Reconsider Restrictions on Two-Moms Book

We first posted on this story on May 31st: “Utah School District Places Book About Lesbian Moms Behind Counter” From The Salt Lake Tribune: The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah believes a decision by the Davis School District to limit elementary students’ access to a book about a lesbian couple raising children is likely […]

Reference: Folger Shakespeare Library Launches Book Bindings Database

From a Letter to Colleagues Shared on Book_Arts-L. Discovered via Twitter. The Folger Bindings Image Collection provides access to high resolution images and descriptions of bindings from the rare book and manuscript collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Bindings are chosen from the collection for photography and description not only because of decorative tooling but […]

Bowker Releases 2011 U.S. Book Publishing Market Statistics & New Book Output Chart (by ISBN)

From Bowker: Bowker [has] released its annual report on U. S. print book publishing for 2011, compiled from its Books In Print database.  Based on preliminary figures from U.S. publishers, Bowker is projecting that traditional print book output grew six percent in 2011, from 328,259 titles in 2010 to a projected 347,178 in 2011, driven […]

First Sony PlayStation Wonderbook Released: An Augmented Reality Harry Potter Story

From the BBC: Sony has unveiled Wonderbook – an augmented reality product for its Playstation 3 games console. When users hold up specially created books to a connected camera they appear on screen with added interactive graphics, which can in turn trigger mini-games. [Clip] Sony said it would also work with publishers to bring educational […]

ALA’s YASLA Division Launches Teen Book Finder App for iOS (Free)

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From the iTunes App Store: Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States! The Teen Book Finder, generously funded by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, offers easy access to the titles honored each year by the Young Adult Library Services Association, […]