From The St. Petersburg Times: Work on developing electronic libraries across Russian is soon to begin, Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky said last week. At a joint meeting of the State Council and the Presidential Council on Culture and the Arts, Medinsky said that the new initiative will transform local libraries into modern information and […]
Rebecca T. Miller, Editor-in-Chief of School Library Journal, has accepted the position of Editorial Director of Library Journals, effective immediately. She will serve as Editor-in-Chief for both Library Journal and School Library Journal. Michael Kelley, previously Editor-in-Chief of LJ, is no longer with the company. Please submit LJ news and feature queries to Executive Editor Josh Hadro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impelsys Introduces eBook Ordering System for Libraries, Developed in Partnership with Douglas County Libraries
On December 27, 2012 Colorado’s Douglas Country Libraries first publicly announced they had partnered with Impelsys. The announcement pointed out: Once the beta test phase is complete, the dashboard will be available from Impelsys for purchase by other libraries. The beta is now over (that was fast) and the service is now being formally launched. […]
Macmillan has announced initial details of its first foray into licensing trade ebooks to libraries, following a letter late last year from CEO John Sargent indicating the publisher’s intentions.
The details the Macmillan release:
The pilot program is set to launch before the end of first quarter in 2013. Under the agency model, and working with multiple distributors, Macmillan will offer over 1,200 backlist eBooks from its Minotaur Books mystery and crime fiction imprint, a part of the St. Martins Publishing Group. The titles cover all sub-categories of crime fiction from thrillers to cozies, hard-boiled crime to psychological suspense and include many award winners. Once purchased by a library, the titles will be available to them to lend for 2 years or 52 lends, whichever comes first. All of the books in the program will have the same digital list price.
The eBooks For Libraries web site, sponsored by Library Renewal and the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in Kansas, has relaunched and will now provide public awareness and news about ebooks for libraries. David Lee King writes, “Our goal isn’t to complain, but to share information about the current ebook landscape, and how it […]
From OverDrive and ALA’s Office of Information Technology: The results of a new survey sponsored by OverDrive with the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) reaffirm what librarians already know: libraries play a key role in reader’s book-buying decisions. Conducted in June and July of this year at thousands of OverDrive-powered public […]
OverDrive To Library Customers: Hachette is Raising E-Book Prices an Average of 220% on Over 3500 Titles
UPDATE 5 (September 17, 2012): OverDrive Has Updated A Blog Post About Hachette Increase It says that the 220% increase that they told library partners about last week was miscalculated. The average increase will be 104%. UPDATE 4: Jamie LaRue from Douglas County Libraries Comments in this Library Journal Report UPDATE 3: We reached out […]
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, […]
No Nook Devices Required: Barnes & Noble Launches “Nook for Web”, Six Full Text Bestselling Titles are Available Free For Limited Time
From Barnes & Noble: B&N today introduced NOOK for Web, a new browser experience that offers readers the ability to explore digital titles and bestselling books right from their computer – no sign-in, software download or NOOK account required to begin reading. Beginning today, Barnes & Noble is offering six bestselling NOOK Books in their […]
From a F1000.com Post by Adie Chan: At the start of this year, we announced our plans to develop a new project – F1000 Research – an attempt to create a new open access, open data publishing model within biology and medicine, with open and transparent peer review. Well, we’re pleased to announce that the […]