October 23, 2021

NISO Launches New Initiative to Develop Recommended Practices for Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs

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 […]

New Info Page About “Books at JSTOR” Initiative Now Online, Launch Set for November

The new Books at JSTOR info page is available at: http://books.jstor.org/ The initiative was first announced in 2011. Books at JSTOR is an initiative to publish scholarly books online as part of JSTOR, one of the most well known and widely used scholarly resources. Our driving focus is to deliver great content and experiences to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Article: “The Amazon Effect”

From an Article Appearing in The Nation: Amazon, not surprisingly, is keen to sharpen its competitive edge, to use every means at its disposal to confound, stymie and overpower its rivals. It is well positioned to do so: the introduction of the Amazon Kindle in 2007 led to a startling surge in e-book sales, which […]