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OverDrive announced that it has acquired TeachersNotebook.com, an online marketplace for teacher-created curriculum materials for K-12 education. TeachersNotebook enables teachers to browse free and low-cost instructional resources, and to create their own shop where others may purchase original materials. The website operates with a "teachers helping teachers" mentality of engaging and educating students of all ages and optimizing the classroom experience.
Posted Mar 04, 2014
Facebook wants your eyeballs, and isn't about to let any competitor go unchallenged. This time around, the social media powerhouse has Flipboard in its sights as reports of the impending release of Facebook Paper filter out. According to re/code, Paper could be out sometime this month and will aggregate your news into a Flipboard-like app for mobile users.
Posted Jan 16, 2014
Libraries and universities with proprietary audio and video collections can now preserve and provide access to these information resources through ProQuest Video Preservation and Discovery Service. VPDS is a full service offering that includes digital conversion, transcription, metadata creation, and optional hosting and streaming. It also creates transcriptions and indexes A/V content stored on tapes, hard drives, and other media. All formats of video - even those that are obsolete -- are eligible for the service.
Posted Jan 08, 2014
Selling ebooks the old fashioned way-offering a fixed price for one digital tome that the reader owns for eternity-is the tried-and-true approach most publishers take. But just as some consumers prefer to lease a car, prepay for a set amount of mobile minutes, or sign up for movies streamed monthly, there is a niche audience that's interested in an unconventional approach to the conventional acquisition of electronic books-and an array of providers capable of catering to this demand.
Posted Jan 02, 2014
Brill and Semantico announced BrillOnline Primary Sources - Brill's new online platform for primary sources. The platform consists of thematic collections of unique materials such as rare books and documents from around the world. These essential research tools in the area of humanities and social sciences are an integrated part of Brill's product portfolio.
Posted Dec 17, 2013
Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) announced it has entered into a co-operative agreement with the Library of Congress (LOC) to act as an agent for deposit of eSerials on behalf of publishers to fulfill mandatory deposit demands and deposits in support of copyright registration at the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress. This agreement follows a Request for Information about Normalized Electronic Serial Content issued by LOC in April 2012, and subsequent public notice of invitation for third parties to act as agents for deposit.
Posted Dec 12, 2013
Even cord cutters needed the modern equivalent of bunny ears if they wanted to get live news on their television, but a deal between Bloomberg News and Apple TV may be changing that. According to Gigaom, Bloomberg launched an app on Apple TV on December 11, that provides a live feed of financial news and on-demand content.
Posted Dec 12, 2013
OverDrive, a supplier of ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video to libraries and schools, announced that the Streaming Video lending service has launched in its first pilot at Los Angeles Public Library. While LAPL is the first to offer the service, OverDrive is preparing to roll it out to their entire network, expanding to additional markets in North America and worldwide.
Posted Nov 21, 2013
The Financial Times has launched a new "gift article" feature for subscribers which simplifies the sharing of articles with their networks. At launch, the service allows FT subscribers to share up to 10 articles per month through email to non-subscribers.
Posted Nov 19, 2013
Amazon.com, Inc. announced the launch of Kindle First, a new program that offers customers access to Kindle books a month in advance of their official release date. Each month, Amazon Publishing editors select several titles from Kindle's most popular categories a month ahead of their official publication date, adding a note of recommendation, and a behind-the-scenes look at the stories and the authors.
Posted Nov 05, 2013
A new collaboration between OCLC and ProQuest automates the process to keep ebook holdings from ebrary and EBL - Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogs and offers current links to library users. The initiative builds on OCLC's work with ProQuest's ebook businesses to support Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) workflow and ebook access.
Posted Nov 05, 2013
Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, announced a new purchase option - a Usage-Driven Acquisition (UDA) model - for its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) ebook platform. This new purchase model will allow libraries to purchase ebooks 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.
Posted Oct 31, 2013
Over the past few months, regular listeners of Marc Maron's WTF podcast have heard the comedian rail about a patent troll that is threatening the livelihood of many podcasters. For those of you who don't listen, Maron has also written about it on his blog. In a recent episode of WTF Maron interviewed Moon Zappa, and we all found out that Frank Zappa may just be the savior that podcasters needed.
Posted Oct 31, 2013
On Monday, October 28, Kimpton's 70 park avenue hotel will launch its new "Reads on the Road" program in partnership with The Atria Publishing Group, part of Simon & Schuster, Inc., offering on-site guests exclusive access to books from an array of New York Times bestselling authors. The first installment of the new program will feature three Halloween-themed tales. Guests will be able to download these spooky books onto their personal devices such as tablets and laptops via the hotel's website, with an option to purchase upon check-out.
Posted Oct 22, 2013
Emily Books is an independent digital bookstore that focuses on bringing "transgressive memoir and fiction" that has never appeared in digital form before to its readers. Customers can subscribe to Emily Books for $13.99 a month, or $159.99 for a years. Until now, users would receive and email with a link to download that month's book in a variety of DRM free formats, and now there is another option: the iOS7 app.
Posted Oct 03, 2013
Adam Matthew announced that it has signed an agreement with the old and well known travel agency, Thomas Cook, to digitize their archive as part of a forthcoming digital resource on the history of Mass Tourism and Leisure.
Posted Oct 01, 2013
As content providers, it's critical to find a balance between making your presence known on a myriad of channels and spamming already drowning consumers to the point of annoyance (and possible brand detriment). It's also vital that the quality of the content produced doesn't suffer in the race to make it seen.
Posted Sep 20, 2013
The library at Olin College serves as an integral part of students' education by helping them to achieve critical research and information literacy competency, adhering to standards set forth by various academic associations. Olin's library wanted a different method of teaching these skills, one that coincided with the college's unique teaching approach of classroom experiences blended with digital exercises and tools. This original method was designed using a Microsoft Word document, a PDF, and a course libguide. These proved awkward for students to use, and the Olin team members realized they needed something more streamlined for more effective learning.
Posted Sep 16, 2013
According to a blog post on Livefyre's website, the company - whose StreamHub platform powers real-time conversation and social curation - has acquired Storify. The post says Storify will enable Livefyre to "integrate drag-and-drop editorial curation capabilities into our StreamHub platform."
Posted Sep 10, 2013
Knovel unveiled a fully redesigned platform offering more precise search results, a simplified user interface, enhanced navigation capabilities and more. Knovel offers a cloud-based application that integrates technical information from more than 100 engineering publishers and societies with analytical and search tools.
Posted Sep 09, 2013
The German economics journal Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik ("Economic Policy Perspectives") will be published in print and electronically by De Gruyter beginning in 2014. For the past 14 years the journal has been one of the two journals of the Vereins für Socialpolitik ("Association for Social Policy").
Posted Sep 09, 2013
HARRASSOWITZ, international booksellers and subscription agents, announced a new distribution agreement with Ebook Library (EBL), an ebook aggregator for academic, corporate, and research libraries worldwide and a ProQuest business. Under the agreement, HARRASSOWITZ customers will have access to EBL's ebook catalog, which features titles in all subject areas from over 520 major academic and scholarly publishers worldwide.
Posted Sep 09, 2013
Credo, a provider of information skills solutions, has launched 19 new and updated Subject and Publisher Collections, adding to the more than 80 collections currently available for perpetual purchase or subscription.
Posted Sep 05, 2013
Filmmakers with an independent spirit will soon have a new source of funding and distribution within reach. According to paidContent, Vimeo will show the world its take on funding at the Toronto Film Festival which takes place this week.
Posted Sep 03, 2013
Magnify.net has partnered with Wochit.com to add a growing collection of quality news content to the Magnify.net platform. Wochit produces broadcast-quality video on breaking news and trending topics. Wochit joins Magnify's expanding source library, giving curators access to thousands of videos about news, business, technology, and entertainment.
Posted Aug 15, 2013