October 22, 2014

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. […]

UPDATED: Macmillan Announces Details of Library Lending Pilot

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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.

eBooks For Libraries Web Site Relaunches, Focus is Now Public Awareness About Issues

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 […]

New eBook Survey Findings From OverDrive and ALA: “Library Borrowers Also Buyers”

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 […]

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 […]

California’s Califa Consortium Expanding eBook Project, Content and Publishing Tools from Smashwords in the Works

From an Article by Library Journal Exec. Editor (News and Features, Michael Kelley): The San Mateo-based Califa Group, which is the largest library network in California, has made major strides in its project to create an ebook ownership model along the same lines as the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado. Califa has substantially increased its […]

Springer and PCG Publish White Paper About Scholarly E-books, Libraries, and RoI

From Springer’s Release About the White Paper: A new white paper recently released by Springer, in partnership with Publishers Communication Group (PCG), entitled Scholarly eBooks: Understanding the Return on Investment for Libraries, explores how libraries might determine the value of eBooks, and why it is important to do so. The paper provides a broad view […]

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 […]

Pilot Project: 3M Cloud Library Will Provide Two New York Libraries Access to Penguin Ebooks

Update: ALA President Shares Comments About New Program From The Wall St. Journal: Penguin Group and electronic-book distributor have made a deal with two New York City public library systems that will return Penguin e-books to library shelves for a one-year pilot. If successful at the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library—two […]