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Making Ebooks work in Libraries

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

NISO will offer a virtual conference about ebooks and libraries on June 17, 2015. The Eternal To-Do List: Making Ebooks work in Libraries From scholarly monographs to textbooks, the range of e-book formats and use cases is rapidly expanding. Libraries are on the front lines of this issue, actively evolving their approach to offering e-books […]

President Obama announces Open eBooks Initiative and ConnectEd

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

With a group of middle school students seated in front of him at the Anacostia Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library, and hundreds of other students on a “virtual field trip” watching online from throughout the country, President Obama announced the Open eBooks initiative. The program will make $250 million dollars in popular […]

Treaty for the Blind

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Treaty for the Blind is aimed at ensuring that millions of blind and vision-impaired people can get books in accessible formats like audio, Braille and large print. There are differences between advocates for the blind and the Motion Picture Association of America. The agreement would allow books to be […]

E-Books on your mind?

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

ALA provides a great resource in its “E-Book Media and Communications Toolkit. It’s all online at http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/ebooktoolkit

AudioGO invites you to Librarians Day

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

AudioGO invites librarians to join them at the AudioGO office in North Kingstown, RI, on Friday, September 28th. The event runs from 10 AM to 2 PM. There will be a Q&A with authors James R. Benn and Janet Taylor Lisle, a tour of the building and recording studios where librarians can try their hand […]

Public access to digital content

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

“Public libraries to lead initiative to ensure public access to digital content” In a press release dated 10 July 2012, OCLC announced that it received an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant in the amount of $99,957.00 for a new initiative, “The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future.” The purpose […]

What is more important- content or format?

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Many librarians like to claim that the format in which information comes (ebook, audiobook, print book) doesn’t matter, as long as the content is there. However, have you considered the issue of access? If something is available online and the library must distribute access to individuals, does that indeed make that particular information accessible? A […]

Overdrive on i-devices

Monday, November 29th, 2010

The Bluefire eBook Reader app for iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch was recently released; the app enables reading of Overdrive books on the Touch, iPhone and iPad.  The app is free and available at the Apple App Store.  Good news for devotees of handheld Apple devices! I learned of this through the blog Ebooks for […]