August 1, 2014

“Buy-to-Unglue” Ebook Crowdfunding Model Goes Beta

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Unglue.it, the crowdfunding platform developed to encourage publishers to make ebooks DRM-free and open access under a Creative Commons license, in January launched a beta test of “Buy to Unglue,” a new crowdfunding model that will offer ebook licenses in exchange for donations.

Simon & Schuster Expands Ebook Pilot with OverDrive, 3M, and Axis 360

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Simon & Schuster (S&S) last week expanded their library ebook pilot to systems outside of New York City and announced that OverDrive had become a new partner in the test. The pilot was launched in April 2013, with the 3M Cloud Library and BiblioCommons supporting lending and acquisition for the New York Public Library and […]

Frictionless Books

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Last summer I went on a Great American Road Trip. In this case, I drove from New Orleans to my home in Sonoma, California. In preparation for such a journey, my wife and I of course went to our local public library to find and download audio books we would like to listen to on […]

Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds

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As younger and younger children recognize and use electronic devices as sources of information and entertainment, what is the impact on their literacy skills? Largely a positive one, according to a study in the January edition of SAGE Open.

SLJ Survey: Ebook Usage in School Libraries Expected to Rise Incrementally

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School library media specialists, especially in high schools, expect ebook usage by their students to rise incrementally, according to the 2013 Survey of Ebook Usage in U.S. School (K–12) Libraries. The annual survey, the fourth of its kind, was produced by School Library Journal and sponsored by Follett.

Most GVRL Partners Expected to Adopt Usage-Driven Acquisition Model

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Gale hopes to have all of its more than 80 publisher partners participating in Gale Virtual Reference Library’s (GVRL) new Usage-Driven Acquisition (UDA) model by Spring 2014, according to company officials.

Unlatched or Unglued, It’s All Good

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I and others on The Digital Shift have written about the efforts of Unglue.it to “unglue” books and make them openly available. The basic model is taken from crowdsourcing funding efforts. People pledge what they can, and if enough pledges are gathered before the time runs out the book is “unglued” and made openly available […]

MacMillan, Follett Partner to Expand PreK–12 Ebook Offerings

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Follett has partnered with Macmillan Publishers to distribute Macmillan’s collection of popular ebook titles for PreK–12 students. The collection adds to the more than 250,000 ebook titles currently available through Titlewave, Follett’s collection development, search and ordering tool.

The Cusp Generation

I was late to college. It’s a bit of a long story, but suffice to say I graduated with a B.A. approximately six years later than my peers. And that made all of the difference. If I had followed the normal path of graduating from high school and going directly into college, I would have […]

Steal This Infographic: Librarians as Tech Leaders

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Librarians are leading the way in technology use, according to School Library Journal’s annual technology survey. SLJ’s got the proof, and we encourage you to share it.