January 22, 2022

Penguin, 3M Test Ebook Pilot at NYPL, BPL

Big Six publisher Penguin Group, the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), and 3M Library Systems today announced a pilot project to make Penguin ebooks available to patrons of The New York and Brooklyn public libraries six months after initial publication. The program will begin in August and, if successful, could roll out across the country. The move comes four months after Penguin pulled out of its contract with OverDrive.

Update: Bibliotheca Debuts Ebook Division on Douglas County Model

This article has been updated to include comment from Marshall Breeding. Library technology company Bibliotheca, heretofore mostly focused on helping libraries manage their print collections through tools like RFID, is entering the ebook market in a decidedly different way: by offering a solution for libraries who want to follow the Douglas County Libraries, CO, model […]

How Do Power Patrons Use Your Website and Virtual Services? | Patron Profiles

“Library Websites and Virtual Services,” LJ’s latest report in its ongoing Patron Profiles series, found that libraries’ most devoted e-users aren’t choosing using the web over coming to the library in person. Rather, they are choosing to do both.

Bilbary Makes Deals with Califa; Two Publishers Agree To Lend to Libraries

Ebook platform Bilbary has inked deals with two trade publishers to lend ebooks, not just sell them, founder Tim Coates told LJ today. Berrett-Koehler Publishers and another mid-level trade press joined about six academic publishers in pioneering the company’s lending model.  “All our rentals will be direct to consumer, but when we partner with a […]

Update: ALA Asks Librarians To Oppose Cybersecurity Bill

This article has been updated to include information about the Amash amendment and the fate of the bill. Just because SOPA and PIPA seem to be dead in the water doesn’t mean legislative attempts to limit privacy are over. H.R. 3523, The Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA), passed the House of […]

LexisNexis Partners with OverDrive To Debut Digital Library

LexisNexis announced an agreement with OverDrive to create the LexisNexis Digital Library on April 23. Available now on a limited basis for “select pilot customers,” LexisNexis spokesperson Marc Osborn told LJ, it will be available broadly early in the third quarter of 2012. OverDrive will create and customize a website for each law firm or […]

OverDrive Data Shows Majority Still Like To Browse the Virtual Shelves

OverDrive released its first “Big Data” report at the London Book Fair, a snapshot of the library ebook platform’s March traffic. In that single month, more than 5 million visitors viewed 146 million pages in 12.6 million visits to OverDrive’s digital catalog, the company reported. On average, more than 408,000 visitors each day viewed 11.6 […]

OverDrive to Share eBook Data at London Fair

Digital content distributor OverDrive will debut the first of a series of “Big Data” reports at the London Book Fair, running April 16-18. The report, which will be shared with participating libraries and publishers, analyses data from the company’s network of 18,000 public and school libraries. It includes information about eBook and digital audiobook title […]

Baker & Taylor Partners with Findaway World to Offer Library Audiobooks

Baker & Taylor and Findaway World LLC will partner to launch a digital audiobook platform for public libraries and retailers later this year, the companies announced April 10. Findaway is the creator of Playaway and Playaway View, preloaded audio and video devices, and in 2012 followed up with the creation of Catalist Digital, a new […]