November 19, 2017

Iriver Ereader To Feature Google eBookstore Integration

The iriver Story HD, the first ereader to be integrated with the Google eBooks platform, will be going on sale this weekend (initially only at Target department stores and Target.com) on July 17. The ereader will allow wi-fi search and purchase of any of the nearly three million ebooks in the Google eBookstore, and will […]

The British Library and Google to Digitize and Make Freely Available 250,000 Books

The British Library and Google announced a partnership today to digitze 250,000 out-of-copyright books from the library’s collections that will be available to anyone who wants to do research. Over the coming years, the content will be delivered free through Google Books and the British Library’s website. Google will pay all costs. This project will […]

Google Posts Statistics About Ebook Service

Abe Murray, a product manager at Google, has reported some interesting numbers about Google eBooks, which was launched about six months ago. According to Murray: There are now more than three million free Google eBooks available in the U.S.,  compared to more than two million at launch. At launch, there were just over 100 independent […]

How Much Would You Pay to Search for the Royal Wedding Guest List?

What would users pay per search to get at the wealth of web data to which they’ve become accustomed? What’s the reasonable search price on “the royal wedding guest list”? Kevin Kelly highlights some interesting research into relative search measures and merits, research that also points to some interesting questions about how to measure the value of library materials, discovery services, and even library services more broadly.

LJ talks to James Hilton

In the lawsuit filed against Google by the Author’s Guild the University of Michigan library was explicitly mentioned – not as a party to the suit but because the plaintiffs in the case could be sure that their books would be digitized at Michigan. Indeed Michigan is giving Google access to its entire collection, while […]