July 1, 2022

New York DOE Green Lights Amazon eBook Deal

That new book smell may soon be a thing of the past for New York City’s schoolchildren. A $30 million contract will reshape the way ebooks are used in the nation’s largest school system.

Impelsys Introduces eBook Ordering System for Libraries, Developed in Partnership with Douglas County Libraries

On December 27, 2012 Colorado’s Douglas Country Libraries first publicly announced they had partnered with Impelsys. The announcement pointed out: Once the beta test phase is complete, the dashboard will be available from Impelsys for purchase by other libraries. The beta is now over (that was fast) and the service is now being formally launched. […]

Bookshare Launches New eBook Tools for Kids with Print Disabilities

Bookshare has announced that it is launching two new additions to its product line as part of its continuing effort to help kids with print disabilities connect with books. Bookshare Web Reader allows readers to directly open books with a browser without requiring them to download the book or utilize separate software, while Bookshelf allows readers (or their teachers) to organize selections by any system they choose.

eBooks For Libraries Web Site Relaunches, Focus is Now Public Awareness About Issues

The eBooks For Libraries web site, sponsored by Library Renewal and the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in Kansas, has relaunched and will now provide public awareness and news about ebooks for libraries. David Lee King writes, “Our goal isn’t to complain, but to share information about the current ebook landscape, and how it […]

OverDrive To Library Customers: Hachette is Raising E-Book Prices an Average of 220% on Over 3500 Titles

UPDATE 5 (September 17, 2012): OverDrive Has Updated A Blog Post About Hachette Increase It says that the 220% increase that they told library partners about last week was miscalculated. The average increase will be 104%. UPDATE 4: Jamie LaRue from Douglas County Libraries Comments in this Library Journal Report UPDATE 3: We reached out […]

With E-Books, Reading Goes Underground

I saw a tweet come across my stream today from John Hodgman, the comedian who had a stint on those wonderful Apple ads as the buttoned-up “PC” arrayed against the calmly confident casual “Mac”. The tweet said (see picture): “Middle aged business dude on the plane in Eddie Bauer and mom jeans reading Game of […]