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UK Library eBook Pilot Shows Library Loans Drive Sales

April 13th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · digital library, library ebooks, UK → 1 Comment

It’s 8886834883_e2e1c9651e[1]been just over a month since the Publisher’s Association launched a year long e-lending pilot in partnership with 4 libraries in the UK, and the early results are showing that ebook borrowers are also buyers. Janene Cox, the president of the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), was speaking at the London Book Fair last week when she told The Bookseller that “people who loan books, buy books”.
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Total Boox Will Make Their Pay-as-You-Read Service Free During National Library Week

April 11th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · digital library, ebookstore news, library ebooks → No Comments

In honor oftotal-boox[1] National Library Week, Total Boox announced today that their “pay-as-you-read” metered ebook platform will be completely free next week to all users.

This Israeli startup offers a catalog of over 20,000 titles from a wide variety of publishers, and next week anyone with an Android or Kindle Fire tablet, iPhone, or iPad, in the United States and around the world can download and read any of the ebooks for free.
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Turkish Airlines Launches Digital Library App for iPhone, Android

March 16th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · digital library → No Comments

Turkish turkish airlines sky libraryAirlines announced on Friday that they were launching a new digital library service for their frequent flier program.

Sky Library, which is open to Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles members, offers readers access to a selection of professional publications, business magazines, kids books, short nonfiction works, and self-improvement books. It also includes a single album of Turkish music, and there is a placeholder for a promotional video.
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US Libraries Spend More on Audiobooks, DVDs than eBooks

March 9th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · digital library, library ebooks, surveys & polls → 2 Comments

Library8556682467_f650f29803_m[1] Journal released the results of a survey last week, and it revealed that ebooks don’t have nearly as large of a share of libraries’ budgets as the one might assume from the press coverage.
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Updated: UK Publisher’s Association Launches Library eBook Pilot

March 5th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · digital library, library ebooks, UK → 1 Comment

The 496739855_21321c43f7_m[1]Publisher’s Association announced on Monday that they were launching a year-long e-lending pilot program which would study the effects of ebook lending in libraries.

According to the announcement, the goal of the pilot is to conduct research into the impact of ebook lending in public libraries on authors, publishers and on the library service. The Publisher’s Association says that they want to find “a suitable and sustainable model for all stakeholders”.
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LibraryBox Enters Public Beta, Offers a New Tool for Managing Your eBook Library on a Network

March 2nd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · digital library, hardware news, LibraryBox, PirateBox → 3 Comments

LibraryBox_v2_tallSmall local lending library boxes, be it a recycled phone booth or a custom built cubby, are growing increasingly popular. Book enthusiasts have been erecting them around the world, and now thanks to a project called LibraryBox you can do the same with ebooks.
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Should public libraries give away ebook-friendly tablets to poor people? $38 tablet hints of possibilities

January 10th, 2014 by David Rothman · digital library, opinion, Tablet → 14 Comments

nextbook[1]Young people love suitable paper books, ideally new, that they can own.

Could the same idea work for econo-tablets that public libraries gave away to low-income families—with a big, fat, e-book-related icon smack in the middle of the home screens? Yes!

Don’t just hand out gizmos, though.
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eBooks and Public Libraries vs. Cruise Ship Subsidies in Miami-Dade County, FL

December 22nd, 2013 by David Rothman · digital library, library ebooks, Taxes → No Comments

MiamiJessicaNunez1[1]Jessica Nunez and her family are just the kind of people who could benefit from well-financed physical libraries, paper books, the digital variety, loans of e-readers, and technical support along with old-fashioned inspiration from dedicated career-librarians.
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New Pew survey helps show need for full-strength digital libraries— especially if we’re to help Hispanics, African-Americans and the poor.

December 12th, 2013 by David Rothman · digital library, library ebooks → No Comments

Should Pew researchers survey pewcharthispanicsandblacks[1]Americans on the need for a national digital library endowment and two separate digital library systems—-one public and one academic? Definitely, if you extrapolate from a new Pew poll.
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Massachusetts Launches Statewide Digital Library Pilot

November 26th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · digital library, library ebooks → 2 Comments

Over the nextcropped-ebook-word-cloud1[1] 6 months the State Library System will be testing options for a statewide ebook library. If they work out then the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could soon be home to the single largest library consortium.
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