July 30, 2014

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

Library (ARL, ALA, COSLA) and Higher Education Organizations Release Joint Set of Net Neutrality Principles

Note: The complete set of principles is embedded at the bottom of this post. From a Joint Statement (via ARL)  (via ALA): Today, higher education and library organizations representing thousands of colleges, universities, and libraries nationwide released a joint set of Net Neutrality Principles they recommend form the basis of an upcoming Federal Communications Commission […]

Slide Presentation: Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Executive Director Shares Ebook Adoption Statistics

On Friday afternoon, Len Vlahos, Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), spoke about and shared ebook adoption statistics during the NISO/BISG 8th Annual Forum at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. NISO is the National Information Standards Organization. Here’s how the presentation was described on the agenda webpage: What can sales […]

News Headlines: Items From BiblioCommons, Ingram, ProQuest, and Others

1. Two Items From BiblioCommons BiblioCommons Adds New Functionality: Option to Feature Local Library Staff Recommendations and Reviews Expanded Ebook Integration To Include Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, And Axis 360 2. Ingram Adds New Tools for Academic Libraries on ipage Search and Order Content Platform 3. ebrary /Ebook Library Integration Continues With Beta Launch of New ebrary […]

Simon & Schuster eBook Pilot Concludes, All S&S Ebook Titles Now Available to All U.S. Public Libraries

UPDATE The Simon & Schuster ebook pilot continues in Canada. According to S&S spokesman Adam Rothberg: “Wider expansion is certainly a possibility in the future, and the Canadian systems that are in the pilot remain so.” Simon and Schuster announced today that they’ve ended their ebook pilot with more than 20 public library systems in […]

OverDrive Will Make Transactional Pricing Available With New Streaming Video Content From Warner Brothers

OverDrive has announced that transactional pricing (what they call pay-per-checkout)  will be available for hundreds of streaming video titles from Warner Brothers. This is the first time that OverDrive has offered content using this pricing model. The deal with Warner Brothers was formally announced yesterday. Other distributors of content to the public library market including Hoopla, Freading, […]

Digitization: Advocate General of EU Court of Justice Backs Libraries’ Right to Digitise

From a Summary/News Release: “In today’s opinion, Advocate General Niilo Jääskinen considers, first of all, that, even if the rightholder offers to a library the possibility of concluding licencing agreements for the use of his works on appropriate terms, the library may avail itself of the exception provided for in favour of dedicated terminals. In […]

Connecticut Governor Signs Bill Creating State-Wide Electronic Book Delivery System

Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy signed the bill into law yesterday. From the Announcement: An Act Concerning a State-wide Platform for the Distribution of Electronic Books, authorizing the State Library to create and maintain a state platform for the distribution of electronic books (e-books) to public library patrons [was signed into law on June 3, 2014]. The bill […]

Library Technology: Innovative Interfaces is Acquiring VTLS

Two months ago Innovative Interfaces announced the acquisition of Polaris Library Systems. Approx. 60 days they’ve acquired another library tech company, VTLS. From the News Release: Innovative announced today [June 2, 2014] that it has acquired VTLS, a library automation solutions provider to customers in 44 countries. The combined companies will be led by Innovative CEO […]

OverDrive Read Now Supports EPUB3 and HTML5 Titles & Say Hello to “ReadBox” Embeds

From OverDrive HQ in Cleveland: OverDrive announced today that OverDrive Read now supports a broad range of enhanced titles based on EPUB3. The leading browser-based eBook platform now faithfully displays children’s picture books, textbooks using complex layout, and other enhanced titles produced using EPUB3, HTML5, media overlays (synchronized audio), and other open industry standards. [Clip] […]

Ebooks: OverDrive and Smashwords Announce Distribution Deal; 200,000 Titles by 80,000 Authors Now Available via OverDrive

From Today’s Announcement: OverDrive and Smashwords, the world’s largest distributor of self-published eBooks, today announced that 200,000 self-published titles will be available for public libraries in OverDrive’s global network. [Clip] To streamline collection development, OverDrive and Smashwords are creating curated lists of Smashwords bestsellers and popular genres. Libraries will soon have the option, for example, […]