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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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Gale Launches Innovative Purchase Model for e-books

“Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced an innovative new purchase option – a Usage-Driven Acquisition (UDA) model – for its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) e-book platform. Unlike options currently offered by other e-book providers, this new purchase model will allow libraries to purchase e-books based on actual usage, allowing libraries to perform evidence-based collection development. GVRL delivers reference content and series non-fiction titles to all types of libraries.” (via PRNewswire)

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Why Netflix Or Spotify For Ebooks Will Work

“Many publishing industry observers don’t think that Oyster or Scribd or any other “Netflix or Spotify for ebooks” will work in the consumer marketplace. Why? The rights issues are very complicated. Agents and authors may not go for it. Publishers may not go for it. Consumers may realize that it’s not worth their money. The list goes on.”

via Forbes)

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Report Two of Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading, Volume 4

“BISG’s Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading, powered by Nielsen Book Research and now in its fourth and final year, reveals an emerging consensus around e-books and maturing consumption patterns, with important implications for trade publishers and content creators and distributors.” (via BISG)

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Cost Differentials between E-Books and Print in Academic Libraries

“Academic libraries continue to face funding pressures compounded by the need to provide students with access to electronic resources, both in journal and book formats. With space constraints and the need to repurpose library space to other purposes, libraries must carefully examine the move to e-only formats for books to determine if the format makes reasonable economic sense.” (via CR&L)

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Macmillan adds over 9,000 titles to OverDrive Marketplace

“Macmillan has added 9,300 eBook titles to their existing offerings available for library lending in OverDrive Marketplace. These titles, which include best sellers from Matthew Quick, Bill O’Reilly, Janet Evanovich and many others, will be available to add to your library collection later today. According to Macmillan’s Sales Division President, Alison Lazarus, “Macmillan is increasing our title selection to include all of our backlist e-books.” She added, “Essentially anything published 12 months ago or longer will be made available for eLending.  This expansion of approximately 9,300 titles includes many requested books and we will continue to add backlist books as they become eligible on a monthly basis.” (via Overdrive)

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Data Mining Scribd Subscriptions

“Scribd has examined user data over the two-week period following the October 1 public launch of its e-book subscription service and found that 4.5 books were browsed for every book read, and that, in total, subscribers to the service spent the equivalent of 9.6 years reading books. The company also projected that “power readers” would read 10 book per month.One such power reader in Wichita, Kans., spent 45 hours reading in a single week. According to the report, the Apple iPad is the most popular reading device among subscribers, followed by a bunch of Android devices Nook, Kindle, and Nexus7. In addition—thanks to the wonders of Big Data analysis—Scribd reports that its subscribers are more likely to read nonfiction than fiction on tablet devices.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update

“The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%. Up from 25% last year, more than half of those in households earning $75,000 or more now have tablets. Up from 19% last year, 38% of those in upper-income households now have e-readers.” (via Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project)

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E-Reading Program in Kenya Funded by Gates Foundation

“Worldreader worldreader.org, the nonprofit aiming to end illiteracy by providing digital books to children and families throughout the developing world, today announced a new grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to test what could be a long-term sustainable way to give access to digital books to millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. The pilot will provide eight libraries in Kenya with 250 e-readers fully equipped with protective cases providing their library patrons with instantaneous access to an immediate supply of 50,000 fiction, non-fiction, genre, reference books, storybooks, plus a complete set of Kenyan digital textbooks suitable for patrons of all ages. Worldreader’s previous work to reduce the cost and complexity of using e-readers makes the device a compelling, cost-effective and efficient alternative to distributing paper-based books in sub-Saharan Africa. E-readers, with their long battery life, decreasing price, and ability to download digital books in less than 60 seconds using 3G technology, have proven effective in Worldreader’s programs and are already used by 12,000 children, teachers, and their families in Worldreader’s school and library programs in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania.” (via Digital Book World)

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