August 29, 2014

Editors’ Fall Picks

Editors’ Fall Picks

For style and subterfuge, look no further than these 36 fall books that have LJ‘s review editors talking

Editors’ Fall Picks

For style and subterfuge, look no further than these 36 fall books that have LJ‘s review editors talking

With All “Big Five” Ebooks Now Available, Ebook Vendors Assess the Road Ahead

With All “Big Five” Ebooks Now Available, Ebook Vendors Assess the Road Ahead

Shortly after Simon & Schuster’s June 26 announcement that it had concluded a 15-month pilot test and would make its entire ebook catalog available to all U.S. libraries, Macmillan last week announced that it will make all frontlist ebook titles available to U.S. libraries as well. These moves mark a milestone in terms of the availability of popular ebooks, as Macmillan and Simon & Schuster became the final two of the “big five” publishers to allow U.S. libraries to license and loan all titles in their ebook collections.

Books for the Masses | Editors’ Picks BEA 2014

Books for the Masses | Editors’ Picks BEA 2014

LJ‘s review editors braved the crowds at BookExpo America to find this fall’s most intriguing and memorable reads.

Library Vendors Make Business Case to Publishers | BEA 2014

Library Vendors Make Business Case to Publishers | BEA 2014

When ebooks or other digital materials are not readily available in libraries, publishers “are missing a key conduit to a market that [they] can’t tap any other way,” Rebecca T. Miller, editorial director for Library Journal and School Library Journal, stated in her opening remarks for the “The Untapped Retail Channel: Public Libraries” panel on Friday, May 30 at the 2014 BookExpo America (BEA) conference in New York. Leaders from top library ebook and streaming media companies weighed in on this issue during an hour-long discussion.

Smashwords and OverDrive Ink Distribution Agreement

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Smashwords, the world’s largest distributor of self-published ebooks, on May 20 announced a new partnership with OverDrive that will make more than 200,000 ebooks from 80,000 self-published authors and independent presses available to libraries and their patrons via the OverDrive platform. All titles will be sold as perpetual, non-expiring licenses with no loan caps, and will be made available to patrons under a one ebook, one user model.

Total Boox to Offer Free Ebook Access During National Library Week

Total Boox to Offer Free Ebook Access During National Library Week

In recognition of National Library Week, Total Boox, the “pay-as-you-read” metered ebook platform, will make its entire collection of more than 20,000 titles free to read from April 13 through April 20. The week-long promotion will allow anyone with an Android, Apple iOS, or Kindle Fire tablet to download the free Total Boox ereader app at www.totalboox.com/freereading and access fiction and nonfiction ebooks.

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

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

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.

EBSCO Acquires Altmetrics Provider Plum Analytics

EBSCO Acquires Altmetrics Provider Plum Analytics

EBSCO Information Services today announced the acquisition of Plum Analytics, the developer of PlumX, a tool that gives researchers and institutions a more complete view of the impact of their publications by harvesting and aggregating alternative metrics (altmetrics) data in five major categories: usage, captures, mentions, social media, and citations. Plum will continue to offer the same services, with the same management team, operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of EBSCO.

Department of Commerce Seeks Input on Digital First Sale

Department of Commerce Seeks Input on Digital First Sale

In advance of a public meeting scheduled for December 12 in Washington D.C., the U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking public comment from all interested stakeholders on the issue of first sale doctrine and digital files, including ebooks. Comments are due on or before November 13.