November 25, 2014

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

About Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez is the Director, Content & Digital Product Development for Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book. @glecharles

Link: E-books making noticeable inroads to libraries, education centers

Shawn Douglas notes several “signs that e-books and e-readers are becoming more popular, especially in libraries and the education sector,” including our Ebook Penetration & Use reports, Aptara’s 3rd Annual eBook Survey of Publishers, and EDUCAUSE and The New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report.

Notes From the 2011 Ebook Summit

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Sharon Moreland, Technology Consultant for the Northeast Kansas Library System, attended and took some impressive notes during today’s virtual summit, Ebooks: The New Normal, including these highlights from Library Journals’ VP, Group Publisher Ian Singer’s presentation of data from our hot-off-the presses 2011 Ebook Penetration & Use Reports.

SLJ’s 2011 Leadership Summit a Huge Hit

“The entire initiative was accomplished via my blog, Twitter, and Facebook,” all because she had existing relationships in these communities, explains Snyder. “I wasn’t just shouting into the void—I was asking my friends for help.”

Link: 36 Most Common Qs Answered by the OITP eBook Task Force

At this time, the majority of trade digital books that public libraries typically acquire do not presently have these features.

Link: Broadband Grants Give Critical Funding

A key element in libraries’ growing role in workforce development has been the expansion of broadband capacity through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

Link: OverDrive, 3M Demos Draw Large Librarian Crowds

Librarians were eager to get a first glimpse of 3M’s new Cloud Library ebook lending system and the promised enhancements to OverDrive’s platform-two of the most anticipated exhibits at the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans.

Link: New Ebook Service Launched, Takes Its Inspiration from Freegal

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Library Ideas, LLC, has launched a new ebook service for libraries that’s similar to the company’s Freegal Music product. Freading will offer 20,000 copyrighted titles from 16 publishers with a mix of frontlist and backlist titles, the company said today at the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans. The publishers that have signed on […]

Link: Idea Contest for SciVerse Library Apps

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Entrants are invited to submit specific ideas for applications for the SciVerse suite that solve problems affecting the search and discovery of information within librarian and researcher workflows alike.

Link: Wisconsin Preserves Low-Cost Broadband for Schools, Libraries–for Now

Hundreds of Wisconsin school and public libraries narrowly avoided paying more for Internet service when state lawmakers reached a budget agreement last week to save WiscNet, a nonprofit cooperative that provides low-cost broadband service.

Link: J.K. Rowling to Sell Harry Potter Ebooks From New Website

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Ebook versions of the best-selling Harry Potter series will be available starting in October on a new website called “Pottermore.”