August 2, 2015

Russia To Launch National Digital Library In 2015

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 […]

Macmillan Ebooks Pilot on OverDrive Begins In One Week

We’ve learned that the Macmillan ebook pilot that was announced at the end of January will launch on March 1st. Here’s Some of What OverDrive Told Library Partners in an E-Mail: Beginning March 1, more than 1,150 eBooks from Macmillan will be available in Content Reserve as a pilot program for US public libraries. The […]

Financial Times: NYPL Has Spent $1 Million on 45,000 E-books Since 2009

A new article from the Financial Times about the planned renovation of the New York Public Library’s 42nd St. Building includes the $1 million/45,000 ebooks number mentioned in the headline of our post. From the FT Article: …[NYPL President Tony] Marx also knows that the pressures for change are growing. As it happens, his institution […]

“Young E-Book Consumers Three Times More Likely to Use Social Media for Book Discovery”

From NextMarket : In a survey conducted of over 1200 US e-reading consumers in late 2012, NextMarket Insights discovered 64% of those who use an Amazon e-reader (non-tablet) as their primary e-reading device use e-book store rankings and reviews as a way to discover new e-books, 17% more than those who use iPads. Another interesting […]

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.

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 […]