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No Shelf Required — A moderated discussion of the issues surrounding eBooks, for librarians and publishers.

No Shelf Required — A moderated discussion of the issues surrounding eBooks, for librarians and publishers.
From the OverDrive blog: OverDrive conducted an end user survey from June 26-July 15, 2015. Administered via library websites, the survey collected input from 16,756 respondents. Their full report examines the positive effect the shift to digital content has had on the role of libraries in their communities by helping attract new readers, serve existing patrons better and reach beyond their physical walls. There is a nice infographic on the original OverDrive blog post. Click here to see the full report and survey. MADISON, Wis. “We’re excited to add the Boopsie team and software platform to our global organization because their people, technology and user-centric approach are designed to deliver a superior experience for librarians and their patrons. I am the former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead, the Internet’s first blog devoted to ebooks. This is a listing of those tweets for the last week. (Denver, CO) September 15, 2015: Why are libraries screwed by ebooks now? Toshiba BookLive!

Feedbooks | Free eBooks for Android & iPhone/iPad About calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories: Library Management calibre manages your e-book collection for you. It is designed around the concept of the logical book, i.e., a single entry in your library that may correspond to actual e-book files in several formats.calibre can sort the books in your library by: Title, Author, Date added, Date published, Size, Rating, Series, etc. In addition, it supports extra searchable metadata: Tags: A flexible system for categorizing your collection however you like Comments: A long form entry that you can use for book description, notes, reviews, etc. You can easily search your book collection for a particular book. calibre supports searching any and all of the fields mentioned above. Kovid GoyalNovember 2009 Contributors of code/bug fixes In no particular order: Graphics and design Translators

eBookAnoid Online Insider Amazon to Allow ePub eBooks on the Kindle e-Reader | Good E-Reader Blog - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News We have some rather breaking news with online giant Amazon and their highly successful line of Kindle e-readers. It seems many publishers have been told by the company that in the near-future, they should be submitting their books to Amazon in EPUB format and not exclusively MOBI. They also went on to let us know that Amazon was indeed planning something BIG and that soon the Kindle ereader will have the full capability to read ePub books. This news has been confirmed by at least 4 publishing companies we have spoken with during the last few days. The Amazon Kindle, for the last six years and more, has exclusively sold books on its Amazon Bookstore in the Mobi format. Four publishers in the last week have confirmed that Amazon has indeed told them they now have an option to submit eBooks to be listed in the Amazon store in ePub format. Michael Kozlowski (3709 Posts) Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader.

Books Without Borders: The Digital Infinite Library | Endless Innovation It almost goes without saying that the recent demise of bookseller Borders, which is in the process of liquidating more than 200 of its superstores around the nation, was inevitable. The rise of digital book culture has made many of the traditional trappings of a physical bookstore presence obsolete. Booksellers like Borders and Barnes & Noble are trying their best to innovate their way out of a difficult situation - dedicating more floorspace to digital book readers, emphasizing higher-margin multimedia items (educational toys) and hosting more live events to draw in neighborhood foot traffic - but the economics of the publishing industry have forever changed. In the same way that Blockbuster could no longer compete with Netflix and eventually filed for bankruptcy, bookstore chains like Borders can no longer compete with online retailers like Amazon. And that's where it gets interesting. But does the Digital Infinite Library approach make sense?

Baker NEW YORK, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Amid surging demand and interest in e-books, Baker & Taylor, a leading provider of digital media services to publishers worldwide, and LibreDigital, Inc., a leading developer of digital publishing solutions, today at Book Expo America announced an expanded agreement to partner for the delivery of e-books– creating a one-stop, comprehensive suite of services for publishers. The pair's enhanced digital services platform spans all forms of digital media – books, newspapers and magazines – and all digital devices and applications, including the Baker & Taylor-powered Blio e-reader software, developed by K-NFB Reading Technology, and Apple's iPad. "Digital devices and new applications are creating unique opportunities in the publishing industry. Baker & Taylor and LibreDigital together present a white-label platform for the aggregation and delivery of digital media products," said Tom Morgan, CEO of Baker & Taylor. About Baker & Taylor Baker & Taylor Inc.

The Digital Shift — On Libraries and New Media, powered by Library Journal and School Library Journal Phil Bradley's weblog To the Chair of a professional library interest group, I’m angry, depressed, sad and disappointed that I need to write this open letter to you. You sent a member of your group onto two courses that I ran, and the total cost was £198. I try and keep my costs as cheap as I can because I think making sure we have well trained and informed professionals is important. My fee has been tightly worked out, and as an independent trainer it’s important that I get it right. I have to pay for my own National Insurance, I get no holiday pay, no sick pay and I have to pay for my own pension. My invoices state that I wish to be paid within 30 days, and this is something that almost all of my clients are able to do without issue – sometimes within hours of receiving their invoice I’m paid. If I don’t get paid inside my 30 days I’ve then got to decide what to do next. Let me explain something at this point. So, what should I do now? Of course, there’s also the question of ‘do I tell anyone’?

Mastering Google Analytics Custom Variables I’ve got a stack of posts that I want to write, and realized that the all deal with Custom Variables. So, to make sure that we’re all on the same page when it comes to custom vars, here’s my guide to Mastering Google Analytics Custom Variables. For those of you that have not used custom variables, CVs are a way for you to insert custom data into Google Analytics. What kid of custom data? Almost any kind of data. There are 4 parts to a custom variable: 1. Name & Value Custom variables are name-value pairs of data. Google Analytics will show you a list of all the custom variable names in a list and then let you drill down into the list and see all of the values. Here’s an example. Then I can click on “Year” to a get a list of all the values: Custom variables can also be used in custom reports and advanced segments. Index or Slot The index is a way to organize your custom variables. Scope The key to mastering custom variables is understanding the scope. Let’s look at a couple of examples: 1. 2.

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