E-books

Long-awaited Open eBooks app launched

A young boy enjoys reading an ebook on his tablet.

Today, the White House announced that the Open eBooks app to put ebooks in the hands of lower income children and young adults aged 4-18, is up and running. The Open eBooks service to provide age appropriate reading materials, was developed in partnership with the Digital Public Library of America, the New York Public Library, FirstBook, and Baker & Taylor. ... Read More »

Consider volunteering for ReadersFirst

ReadersFIrst is an international coalition of 300 libraries seeking to provide e-book readers with the same open, easy and free access to content that readers have with physical books.

While at ALA Midwinter, I spoke with Michael Blackwell, director of the St Mary’s County Library, about ReadersFirst, an informal organization of librarian volunteers interested in providing outstanding user focused e-book service. ReadersFirst has been around since 2012, but for those who might be unaware of their efforts, here’s the scoop: ReadersFirst is an international coalition of some 300 libraries ... Read More »

Pew Research Center to share new data on libraries as community hubs

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Over the last three years, the Pew Research Center has deftly documented how Americans perceive, use and aspire for U.S. public libraries. From e-book readership to library user typologies, to better understanding how Hispanics use public libraries, Pew researchers have added to our knowledge of our communities—users and non-users alike. During the session “Pew Library Research Update Program” Senior Researcher ... Read More »

My first Book Expo America

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I went for work, of course.Our assignment was to meet with middle to small sized trade publishers to talk about ebooks and business models, make contacts, share expectations, and identify obstacles. We came away with a lot of good information and ideas, which are discussed in Carol Anthony’s e-content blog post. But in this personal note, it was weird talking ... Read More »