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Duke University Press Launches New Platform for e-Books

“Duke University Press and HighWire Press are pleased to announce the launch of a new site for reading, searching, and sharing Duke University Press’s books: read.dukeupress.edu. Offering more than 1,600 titles and powered by the Folio eBooks solution, the site is the new home for the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection, available to libraries for purchase.” (via Duke University Press Log)

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ebrary’s Academic Complete Tops 100,000 Titles

“Academic Complete™, the flagship ebook collection from ProQuest’s ebook platform, ebrary, has added 20,000 titles to its selection of in-demand scholarly academic monographs. The additional titles come from renowned publishers such as Ashgate, Edinburgh University Press, Harvard University Press, Peter Lang, MIT Press, and Wiley. Academic Complete now offers a selection of more than 109,000 ebooks, with more than 33 percent published since 2009.” (via ProQuest)

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Scribd and Smashwords Working to Build New Publishing/Distribution Models for Ebooks

“Last month, the ebook subscription service Scribd and Smashwords, “the world’s largest distributor of independent ebooks,” announced a two-part collaboration they hope will consolidate their position in the emerging independent ebook publishing/distribution marketplace. According to a blog post by Mark Coker, Smashwords founder and CEO, “Smashwords will supply books to Scribd’s new ebook subscription service, where for $8.99 per month subscribers can enjoy unlimited reading. Smashwords ebooks will also be available for individual sale to Scribd customers under our standard retailer terms.” (via ITI)

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Entitle Takes a Different Approach to Netflix-for-E-Books Market

“On paper, Bryan Batten doesn’t sound like the kind of person who would help the publishing industry re-imagine its future in digital. He spent most of his career working in the pharmaceutical industry handling sales and contracts. He has virtually no technology expertise. And he lives in Wilmington, N.C., nearly 600 miles south of the country’s publishing capital, New York. While traveling for his pharmaceutical job, however, Batten found himself with time to read and read a lot. In mid-2011, tired of lugging around print editions, he searched for a good e-book subscription or rental option so he could sample more books on the go. No such service existed in the United States, as far as he could tell. That’s when he got the idea to create his own, despite the obvious fact that he didn’t have the right background for it.” (via Mashable)

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Follett Launches Simon & Schuster ebooks to Schools

“Follett today announced a partnership with Simon & Schuster that makes more than 450 PreK-12 titles available in ebook format on Titlewave®, Follett’s powerful collection development, search and ordering tool.  Follett now offers more than 250,000 ebook titles through Titlewave to schools nationwide. Simon & Schuster titles will span the full range of popular school titles from pre-school picture books to chapter books for early readers to higher-level fiction and nonfiction for young adults. Specific titles available include “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” by Coreen Cronin, “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen, “Out Of My Mind” by Sharon Draper, “Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury, “Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt and “For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway.” (via PRNewswire)

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Out of Print, Maybe, but Not Out of Mind

“Books are dead. Long live the book. Even as the universe of printed matter continues to shrivel, the book — or at least some of its best-known features — is showing remarkable staying power online. The idea is apparently embedded so deeply in the collective unconsciousness that no one can bear to leave it behind.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Now available for public libraries: An eReading room just for kids

“OverDrive is offering a new service for public library partners to give young readers a place of their own. Now there’s an option to incorporate an eReading Room for kids and/or teens as an extension of your digital library website. Kids and teens can browse, sample, place holds and borrow eBooks and other media appropriate for their age range and reading level. Kids can spend as much time as they want clicking away and exploring without the worry of them stumbling upon mature content. See the first live eReading Room for kids at Kitsap Regional Library in Washington.” (via Overdrive)

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Beyond E-Books: HarperCollins Looks For the Next Big Thing

“As competitors in the e-book subscription market, Scribd and Oyster like to emphasize their differences. Yet the two share a common talking point: They both drop the name HarperCollins. The New York-based publishing house, whose roots date back to 1817, was the only one of the Big Five publishers to offer some of its backlist titles — and perhaps more importantly, some of its prestige — to these startups at launch, helping to kickstart the fledging Netflix-like e-book subscription market.” (via Mashable)

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Massachusetts, Baker & Taylor Partner on E-books

“The Massachusetts Library System and Baker & Taylor have partnered on a pilot project designed to expand access to e-books throughout the state’s libraries. In the six-month e-book project, Baker & Taylor will assist MLS in establishing a shared, statewide collection of e-books, in which an initial group of 51 participating libraries will access more than 3,000 general interest titles through Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 digital media platform.” (via PW)

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OCLC and ProQuest work together to automate e-book collection management

“A new collaboration between OCLC and ProQuest automates the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogs and offers current links to library users for easy access to those titles. The initiative builds on OCLC’s work with ProQuest’s e-book businesses to support Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) workflow and e-book access.” (via PRNewswire)

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