December 20, 2011
There was a moment in ebook history when things could have gone either way. The Amazon Kindle was flying off the shelf, the Nook was just getting started, and everyone was pretty happy about $9.99 ebooks . . . and then Steve Jobs came along with iBookstore and the iPad. And really, all this mess … Continue reading It’s (Kinda) Steve’s Fault, Actually
December 12, 2011
Last week was a busy week for e-content, so here is your quick Monday morning catch up on three trending topics: OverDrive was bad, Kindle was jailbroken, and iBooks was fontified (I think that is the correct word for when you add fonts to a device). Rumblings continue to plague OverDrive. After last month’s lost-and-found … Continue reading Last Week in E-Content
December 1, 2011
The past couple weeks have taken us on a wild ebook roller coaster ride. Penguin pulled Kindle access and then it was restored—but libraries still aren’t getting new Penguin titles for lending in a digital format. Despite the e-whiplash that seems to come from following the changes in ebook news, I am feeling very positive … Continue reading Finding the Positive and Saying Thanks!
November 23, 2011
[UPDATE: OverDrive announced this morning that Penguin has returned to the Kindle ebook lending program. Mostly.] Sharks are usually considered the scariest beasts in the sea, but this week penguins are giving their toothy water friends a run for their money. The E-Content blog covered the changes to Penguin’s ebook policies yesterday, but new information … Continue reading Penguin Week: When Licenses Attack!
November 22, 2011
[UPDATE: Scroll to end.] Loaning ebooks is like playing with some other kid’s ball on the playground. There is always a risk that the other kid will take back his or her ball and go home, leaving you and your friends empty-handed. Yesterday, Penguin took back its ebooks and left OverDrive and libraries who had … Continue reading Penguin Taking Ebooks, Going Home
November 16, 2011
If I can rip my CD to an MP3, why can’t I scan my book to an EPUB? That is the question running through my mind as I ponder the new iTunes Match service from Apple. Briefly, for $24.99 a year the service scans the music on your hard drive and then matches it with … Continue reading What’s Next? Book Match?
November 4, 2011
A lot of library and ebook pundits (all five of us?) have been talking about it, but Amazon finally launched its Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. Well, really it’s more of the “Amazon Prime members ($79/year) who have an actual physical Kindle device and not just the iPhone app library,” which was what made this such … Continue reading Amazon’s Library Model: Can we learn from it?
November 2, 2011
I found a couple of fun e-content tidbits on the exhibit hall floor of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 15th National Conference last week in Minneapolis. First up is ThingLink, a site that provides image enhancements through tag links. Think old-school image maps, but taken to an entirely new level. ThingLink tags can … Continue reading From the Floor: AASL 15th National Conference
October 24, 2011
Working in the K–12 library world, one of my concerns with the plethora of e-content options available today is the risk of platform fatigue. With each publisher and distributor offering a distinct site design (sometimes quite a few different site designs!) with different search interfaces, navigation buttons, and content interactions, I worry that students will … Continue reading I want it all, but learn that I can’t have it all
October 19, 2011
The library world was thrilled at the September 21 announcement that library vendor OverDrive had enabled its library customers to loan the ebooks they’d licensed from OverDrive to patrons with Kindle e-readers—provided that the ebooks were in Kindle-maker Amazon’s sales inventory. Since then, examination of the fine print between OverDrive and Amazon has caused ethical … Continue reading Librarians Weigh Kindle Ebook Lending against Reader Privacy
October 11, 2011
From the debut of library lending to the release of its first tablet, the Kindle Fire, Amazon has been making headlines in the ebook world recently. Now it is back in the spotlight with a new kerfuffle over exclusive content deals. Kindle lending on OverDrive was supposed to be the answer for many of the … Continue reading What’s New (and Old) at Amazon
October 3, 2011
It is a great honor to welcome you to the new E-Content blog from American Libraries. Along with guest authors, I will try to provide guidance and helpful updates from the electronic resources field. Things are a bit murky right now, but as we continue to work with ALA, publishers, and each other, the outlook … Continue reading E-Content: Informing the Transformation of Libraries