December 14, 2017

Unglue.it Unglues Its First Book, “Oral Literature in Africa” Will Be Released as CC License Ebook Soon

Congrats to Eric Hellman and the Unglue.it team on their first ungluing. From a News Release: Two hundred and fifty-nine supporters pledged a total of $7,578 to a campaign to “unglue” Ruth Finnegan’s 1970 classic, “Oral Literature in Africa”. The campaign, which lasted 33 days, topped the campaign’s target at 12:30AM EDT on June 20 […]

Canadian Library and Publisher Groups Release RFI Seeking Partners to Develop Canadian-Made Solution To Improve eBook Access in Libraries

This RFI (request for information) was first posted on June 5th by eBOUND Canada and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. From the CULC: “CULC/CBUC has been involved in a constructive collaboration for over 18 months with members of the broad Canadian publishing community, and we feel that the time is right to seek a Canadian-made […]

PDA: “Research Foresees Demand-Driven Book Acquisition Replacing Librarians’ Discretion”

From Steve Kolowich at Inside Higher Ed: University presses publish plenty of books that are read only by academics. They also publish plenty of books that are read by no one. Inventory research has suggested that as much as half of a library’s holdings never circulate. “We are very good at figuring out what kinds […]

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 […]

UK: Open Access is the Future of Academic Publishing, Says Finch Report + Roundup of Reaction

Direct to Full Text of Finch Report (140 pages; PDF) Direct to Executive Summary of Finch Report (11 pages; PDF) From the News Release: The report of the Working Group chaired by Dame Janet Finch published on 18 June recommends a programme of action to enable more people to read and use the publications arising […]

Bibliotheca to Begin Commercializing Douglas County Libraries eBook Model, Launching eBook Division

Biblotheca is a leading supplier of RFID services. Today, the company announced the launch a new ebook division that will be led by Monique Sendze, who was formerly the Associate Director of Information Technology at the Douglas County, CO Libraries. The new service is scheduled to launch at the beginning of 2013. From a Bibliotheca […]

New Report, Statistics: Green and Gold Open Access Percentages and Growth, by Discipline

Title Green and Gold Open Access Percentages and Growth, by Discipline Authors Yassine Gargouri Universite du Quebec a Montreal Vincent Larivière Universite du Quebec a Montreal Yves Gingras Universite du Quebec a Montreal Les Carr University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom Stevan Harnad Universite du Quebec a Montreal Source via arXiv Abstract Most refereed journal […]

Harry Potter eBooks Now Available via Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

On May 10th, we posted that Harry Potter ebooks would soon be available via the Kindle Owners; Lending Library (KOLL). As of today, all seven books are available to KOLL users. Here’s the official announcement that also notes currently 145,000 titles are available in the Kindle Owners Lending Library. KOLL is a part of the […]

National Federation of the Blind Tells Secretary of State Clinton That Kindle Does Not Meet Needs of Blind/Print Disabled

UPDATE: Rob Pegoraro has tweeted that Wednesday’s Kindle Learning Initiative event at the State Dept. has been CANCELLED.  No reason given. We’ve contacted the State Department and had no info to share. They said a news release might be coming later. Last week we posted about a no-bid contract between Amazon.com and the U.S. State […]

JSTOR Adds New Titles to Collections, Several Missing Issues Also Added

Here’s a direct link to a complete list of new/titles. Title lists can also be download (by collection) using the links found on this page. The updated is dated June 15, 2012. See Also: Project MUSE: At Least Seven New Publishers Coming to UPCC Book Collections in 2013 (June 14, 2012)