April 24, 2014

Hachette to Sell Frontlist Ebook Titles to Libraries

Hachette to sell frontlist ebook titles to libraries

Hachette Book Group today announced that it will once again sell its frontlist ebook titles to libraries, beginning on May 8. Hachette’s entire catalog of 5,000 ebooks will now be available through OverDrive, Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform, and the 3M Cloud Library, under a pricing and licensing model similar to the one employed by Random House.

NYPL Releases Digital Collections API to the Public

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In a move that will allow independent software developers to write programs accessing over one million digital objects and records, the New York Public Library this week released an Application Programming Interface (API) that facilitates connection to the NYPL Digital Gallery.

ReadersFirst, Vendors Search for a New Lending Model

On a late rainy Monday afternoon at the end of the American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting, 39 leading librarians and library vendors gathered for about 90 minutes around a horseshoe-arrangement of tables on the fourth floor of the Seattle Public Library to discuss how to create a new lending experience. The group came together at […]

NYPL Crowdsources Interpretations of John Cage

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This month, the New York Public Library (NYPL) is celebrating the centennial of Cage’s birthday with a live event on September 27 and the publication of John Cage’s Prepared Piano, a new edition of their Point iBook periodical series. The evening event also offered NYPL an opportunity to highlight the ongoing development of John Cage Unbound: A Living Archive, a new website that showcases the John Cage manuscript collection housed at NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts, as well as videos in which professional musicians, students, and others explain how they prepare and perform works by Cage.

Something Old, Something New: Dicing Data At NYPL Labs | Cover Story

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The home base for the New York Public Library (NYPL) Labs is a strange mix of old and new. A bunch of modern cubicles hover incongruously amid the stately marble walls of what used to be a courtyard in the venerable Schwarzman Building, before the need for more space convinced the library to press it into service. It’s not a bad metaphor for what the labs do: turn the library’s substantial historical holdings into something new, useful, and a little bit quirky.

Conference Under Way, ALA President Praises New Penguin Ebook Pilot With NYC Libraries | ALA Annual 2012

As the ALA annual conference got under way, ALA President Molly Raphael welcomed the news that Penguin was putting its toe back in the library ebook lending waters

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.

Librarians Reach Out to Publishers at AAP Conference

At the Association of American Publishers (AAP) annual meeting today, a trifecta of librarians presented their views on how libraries and publishes can collaborate—particularly around the vexed question of ebook sales.

Libraries on Google+

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Google’s popular social networking site, Google+, was launched in June of this year, and has since built up a membership of more than 40 million users. But only earlier this month did Google begin allowing organizations, and not just individuals, to create their own pages on the site.

NYPL Patrons Get Access to Video Seminars Being Offered at Ivy League Schools

The New York Public Library has formed a partnership with a new educational media venture called The Floating University that will give library patrons access to a series of video lectures being offered as a freshman seminar at Yale, Harvard, and Bard colleges.