December 19, 2014

Adding Transparency to the Ebook Transaction

During September 2011, Overdrive announced that some of the ebooks it provided would be accessible on Kindle devices. This was a big moment in the history of ebooks and libraries. It was something that the library community wanted. However, with the increased access came privacy concerns. Amazon.com would, due to the way the system was […]

Presentations From “E-books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?” Seminar Now Online

Here are links to number of interesting presentations from the “E-books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?” seminar that took place in London on February 21, 2013.  This event was co-sponsored by IFLA MLAS (Management of Library Associations Committee) and CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and featured presentations by experts about the ebook situation […]

Canada: Ottawa Public Library Wants Readers to Buy Books Through Library Website

From Metroland Media/YourOttawaRegion.com: The Ottawa Public Library wants to become the second library in Canada to let people buy – not just borrow – e-books. On Feb. 11, the library board endorsed a plan to partner with an e-book publisher to put a purchase button for e-books on the library’s website catalogue. It’s a way for […]

Netherlands: Government Report Says Dutch Libraries Cannot Lend Ebooks

From Telecompaper: Dutch libraries cannot lend e-books as part of their services, the education and culture minister has concluded in a research report on the Copyright Law, digital services and the role of public libraries. While acknowledging the issue may still face a legal challenge, the government proposes that the Copyright Law’s only exception is […]

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 […]

Roundup: 3 Independent Bookstores File Class Action Lawsuit Against Amazon, Big 6 Publishers Over Use of DRM

Here’s a media roundup with direct links to some of the coverage of the lawsuit that was first reported yesterday. We’ve also embedded the full text of the complaint filed on February 15, 2013 (Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York) at the bottom of this post. The class-action lawsuit was filed by Posman […]

UC Berkeley Researchers Aim to Revolutionize e-Books

From The Daily Californian (Student Paper at UC Berkeley): According to Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) student Jacob Hartnell, research on e-books will improve an inefficient system that is “app-based” instead of “Web-based.” He noted that existing e-books viewed on one device are often viewed differently or cannot be viewed at all on […]

UK: Erotic Fiction Fuels Surrey Library Loans

From BBC News: “Racy lit” has led to a surge in library loans in Surrey as romance novels topped the list of the most popular e-books borrowed last year. Councillor Helyn Clack said the county’s love of erotic fiction and a boom in tablet computer sales had been credited with an 18% surge in e-loans. […]

Oklahoma: Tulsa City-County Library Begins eBook Pilot with Freading

From Fox 23 (Tulsa): The Tulsa City County Library will pilot a new eBook service to make 22,000 titles available to library users. [Clip] Always Available eBooks, powered by library eBook vendor Freading, provides library cardholders with instant access to their chosen titles; no waiting and no “holds” queues. New eBook titles are added weekly […]

eBooks: New Partnership Will See 3M Cloud Library Integrated Into SirsiDynix eResource Central

From Today’s Announcement: SirsiDynix and 3M today announced their intent to integrate the 3M Cloud Library content into eResource Central, currently scheduled for release in Q1 of 2013. [Clip] For library users, eResource Central provides simple access to library resources, including ebooks and ejournals, via a single user interface. eResource Central will include full support […]