December 20, 2014

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, […]

Illinois: Chicago Public Library Cardholders Can Now Borrow a Robot

From the Associated Press: The Chicago Public Library has more than just books for borrowing. It now has a fleet of 500 robots that can be checked out. The idea is to give Chicago residents of all ages a chance to dabble in the basics of computer coding. The gadgets, known as Finch Robots, were […]

Baker & Taylor Announces Access 360 Integration With BiblioCommons

From B&T: Baker & Taylor announced today that its popular Axis 360 digital media platform is now integrated with the BiblioCommons discovery layer. The integration of the two systems creates a simple and straightforward presentation of Axis 360 digital content alongside the library’s print, movie and music holdings. From that unified display, patrons can discover […]

eBooks and Audiobooks: Baker & Taylor Announces Enhancements to Axis360 Platform

From B&T: The enhancements upgrade the library user experience by providing more intuitive and engaging ways to discover and access digital materials. And, on the service administration side, the changes provide libraries with the opportunity to create customized Staff Picks Magic Wall displays and to create notifications and order parameters for holds and content license […]