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Metro libraries writing a novel chapter in e-book lending

“The Twin Cities metro library systems could soon become the first in the nation to share e-books, vastly expanding the number of titles available to library patrons. With e-book users complaining of long waits and limited selection from their local libraries, the change is a sign that e-book lenders are responding to the huge demand. “Anything to have a wider selection would be great,’’ said Keeya Steel, 27 of Edina, an e-book user who guesses she has just a 50-50 chance of finding a book she’s looking for in the Hennepin County system. Print books have gone back and forth across county lines on interlibrary loans for 50 years. But since 2010, when libraries started lending e-books, they have loaned them only to their own resident patrons.” (via Star Tribune)

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World Book Launches New E-book Platform

“World Book, Inc., a leading publisher of digital and print educational products–including World Book Online, comprising over 20 digital educational and reference products, and The World Book Encyclopedia–is making many of its popular educational titles available in e-book format and accessible through a unique interactive platform, World Book eBooks. The e-book collection includes beautifully illustrated, engaging titles that contain such multimedia features as videos, audio, and games. Subscribers to World Book eBooks receive 24/7 unlimited simultaneous access to the entire collection, enabling school librarians and public librarians to offer World Book eBooks at all times to all users­––no holds or waiting. An “early adopter” subscription includes updates and revisions to e-books, as well as all new titles that are added to the site during their subscription.” (via PRNewswire)

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Booktrack Adds Customized Playlists to E-Books

“If you listen to music while you read, chances are the sounds and words don’t match up.

But what if you could use one to augment the other, adding ambient sounds to your favorite book to turn it into a cinematic experience? Booktrack is a digital publishing tool that reinvented itself as a DIY platform for bloggers, artists and writers to self-publish their work with synchronized soundtracks. Writers can embed songs from a catalogue of 20,000 licensed audio files, adding mood music, ambient audio and sound effects to play in tune with story lines, paced to a user’s reading speed.” (via Mashable)

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EBSCO Information Services Launches eBook Business Collection

“EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the launch of eBook Business Collection, a comprehensive subscription collection of business e-books intended to meet the content needs of students in their research, special projects, and entrepreneurial quests. eBook Business Collection equips academic libraries and business schools with the e-books their students need, encompassing a variety of business topics such as marketing, finance, supply chain management and entrepreneurship and also focusing on career growth, personal development, communication and networking. The collection includes over 9,400 e-books with new e-books added regularly at no additional cost.” (via EBSCO)

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Our dream library: Unlimited e-books for less than $10 a month

“Oyster has already established a compelling elevator pitch: “Netflix for books.” Pay a monthly fee, get access to an unlimited number of 100,000 titles available in Oyster’s app. The app is beautifully designed and certainly rivals that of Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iBooks version. But whether its business model is as much of a threat, and whether it lives up to the Netflix legacy it’s brought on itself, is another matter. Right now, the Oyster app is limited to an iPhone-oriented version, though iPad and Android versions are in the works. The app already adopts the iOS 7 design touches, with flat, delicately drawn icons and plenty of white space. When users first open the app, it asks them to pick five books to drive the first batch of recommendations.” (via Ars Technica)

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RH Children’s to Publish Seuss Classics as E-books

“Random House Children’s Books will now publish, for the first time, Dr. Seuss classics as e-books, announced Barbara Marcus, president and publisher, RHCB, and Susan Brandt, president, licensing and Marketing, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. On September 24, the longtime publisher of Dr. Seuss’s print editions will debut 15 digital versions, including some of the author’s most enduring titles, such as the The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! The e-book rollout will continue through November, with 41 e-books in total at $8.99 and $10.99 price points.” (via PW)

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Own Your Own Ebook Lending Service

“If someone were to give us an ebook, do we have the tools to receive it, to integrate it into our catalog, and to check it out?” Douglas County Libraries (DCL) director Jamie LaRue posed this question to DCL’s associate director of IT, Monique Sendze, in December 2010. The fact that she answered, “No,” launched DCL into an entirely new way of doing business. DCL is a public library district located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo. DCL serves a population of about 295,000. In 2012, the library circulated 8.1 million items to 226,000 cardholders and purchased more than 184,000 items. DCL’s mission is to be a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. Among the library’s core values are delivering a current, high-quality collection that meets our public’s needs and blazing trails by being innovative and visionary. Providing access to the content of our culture through our collections and technology is one of our guiding principles, and we pride ourselves on being pioneers within the library industry.” (via Computers in Libraries)

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Publishing Hears Echoes of Netflix Business Model

“Offering unlimited television shows and music for a flat monthly fee has worked for Netflix Inc. and Spotify AB. Will it work in the book industry? It is a question of intensifying debate in the publishing industry right now, as two digital startups plan launches of rival e-book subscription services this fall. If successful, the new services could pose fresh challenges for brick-and-mortar bookstores already struggling to cope with the growth of e-book sales and low prices of physical books offered online.” (via AllThingsD)

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Millions Qualify for E-book Refunds

“The $166 million publishers have agreed to pay to settle e-book price fixing charges with the states and consumer class could soon begin flowing to consumers, and PW has learned that more than 23 million consumer accounts are eligible to receive refunds. Representatives from Rust Consulting, the firm retained to administer the settlement fund, confirmed to PW that 23,073,840 customers of Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, and Sony have been directly notified via e-mail or by postcard that they are eligible to participate in the settlement. That figure represents consumer accounts, a Rust representative explained to PW, not the number of individual consumers, as some consumers have accounts with multiple retailers, or multiple accounts at a single retailer.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Hachette Strikes Deal With Follett to Sell Ebooks Into School Libraries

“Hachette has struck a deal with educational material distributor Follett to sell its ebook content into school libraries. It’s the second such deal with a major publisher that Follett has signed in August. Penguin Random House has also signed on for school library distribution. For years, major trade houses have been trying to figure out effective ways to sell into the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school library market and it seems like Follett may be stepping in to fill the void.” (via Digital Book World)

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