July 31, 2014

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.

JSTOR Launches JPASS Access Accounts for Individual Researchers

JSTOR Launches JPASS Access Accounts for Individual Researchers

In an effort to enhance access options for people who aren’t affiliated with universities, colleges, or high schools, not-for-profit digital library JSTOR has launched JPASS, a new program offering individual users access to 1,500 journals from JSTOR’s archive collection.

OverDrive Adds YouTube Executive to Lead Streaming Video Efforts

OverDrive Adds YouTube Executive to Lead Streaming Video Efforts

In a move that underscores OverDrive’s plans to support a robust selection of streaming video for libraries, the company on Tuesday announced the appointment of Lee C. Milstein to the newly created position of chief strategy officer. Milstein was most recently head of the news content partnership team for Google’s YouTube division, and previously held [...]

Nielsen To Acquire Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions

Nielsen To Acquire Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions

ProQuest affiliate R.R. Bowker, a bibliographic information provider, today signed a definitive agreement to sell its Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products to global information company Nielsen.