November 19, 2014

Industry News

“Beacon” Technology Deployed by Two Library App Makers

Beacons by Estimote

Library app developers Capira Technologies and BluuBeam have separately announced the launch of micro location information services that will enable libraries to send highly targeted, location-relevant messages to Bluetooth-enabled Android and iOS smartphones.

Amazon, Hachette End Ebook Pricing Dispute

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Amazon and Hachette Book Group have ended the pricing dispute that the two have been waging since spring of 2014. On November 13 they jointly announced a multiyear agreement for ebook and print sales. The new terms will go into effect in early 2015, but Hachette has said that even before that time Amazon will restore its previous supply of Hachette titles and make them available for pre-order, as well as including them in promotions on the site.

As App Gains Traction, Queens Library Considers Vending to Other Libraries

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The initial success of the new free app developed by Queens Library has led QL to consider adopting a library-as-developer role, selling customized versions of the app to other libraries to support this and other in-house development projects.

BEA, BookCon Repositioned as Separate, Adjoining Shows

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In a move to address the frenzy caused this spring by overlapping consumer and professional publishing conventions, Reed Exhibitions executives have decided to make BookExpo America and BookCon separate, adjoining shows in 2015.

Indianapolis Approves $58 Million in Bonds for Libraries

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Indianapolis Public Library (IPL)’s modernization plan, which involves renovating five branches, relocating five others, and building one brand new facility, will get started next month after area lawmakers voted on Nov. 10 to approve $58.5 million in bond issues over the next six years.

Ex-Detroit Library Official Timothy Cromer Sentenced to Ten Years

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Former Detroit Public Library chief administrative and technology officer Timothy Cromer was sentenced on September 16 to ten years in federal prison. He had been charged with taking more than $1.4 million in bribes and kickbacks from library contractors.

President Obama Urges FCC to Implement Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

UPDATE: Along with the statement we’re also rounding up reaction to President Obama’s comments from a number of groups. You’ll find it below the embedded video. From a White House Blog Post: President Obama today asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, the principle that […]

Maker Jawn Initiative at Free Library of Philadelphia to Expand to Adults with IMLS Grant

Maker Jawn Initiative at Free Library of Philadelphia

In a move that will help the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) expand Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM)-based Maker space programming to multi-generational audiences, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on October 23 awarded a $500,000 National Leadership Grant to FLP in support of the library’s Maker Jawn initiative.

Scribd Ups the Subscription Service Ante With the Addition of 30,000 Audiobooks

Scribd Ups the Subscription Service Ante With the Addition of 30,000 Audiobooks

We have written a lot about not only the development of “all you can read” ebook services like Oyster, Scribd, Kindle Unlimited, etc/ for the past couple of years but also the possible impact over the long term that these and likely other services will have on public libraries. Today’s News From Scribd: “All You […]

Termination: Swets Ending All Services in the Near Future

On September 28, 2014 we began posting about the bankruptcy of Swets. Now, five weeks later, the company says that all services will soon be terminated and asking for outstanding debts to sbe paid. Late last week Swets posted a 1700 word announcement on their web site that provided details about insolvency proceedings in the […]