eBooks

Building a children’s digital library in Indonesia

(21 September 2017) Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands, with around 700 languages spoken across the archipelago. For all of its rich and diverse cultural history, Indonesia does not have a long and deeply embedded tradition of children’s literature. Access to quality children’s books is difficult, especially in remote and underserved areas. On September 16, […]

September 21, 2017 - 7:54 pm
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Library of Congress honors Asia Foundation for promoting literacy

(14 September 2017, Washington, DC)  The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program was recently selected as a 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree. At the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala earlier this month, the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy […]

September 17, 2017 - 2:25 pm
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Borrow a book, buy it later if you like

(11 September 2017) Nine bookstores recently joined a book-sharing program in Hefei, Anhui province, China, after a trial that took place over a month and a half. That brings the total number of outlets to 10. With a smartphone application and a 99 yuan ($15) deposit, a reader can borrow up to two books from […]

September 12, 2017 - 7:12 am
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Indian Government asks universities to digitise books on national digital library

(25 August 2017) The Central Government  has asked all universities to digitise books and other study material in their libraries and forward them to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, for posting on the national digital library for students to access free of cost. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has also asked the vice […]

August 26, 2017 - 7:52 am
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Lets Read! digital library brings books to Northern Thailand

Asia Foundation Powers access to minority language children’s books (August 2017, Chiang Mai, Thailand)  In the mountainous regions of Northern Thailand, books are rare commodities, and children’s books in languages other than standard Thai are almost non-existent. For speakers of S’gaw Karen, a minority language spoken by nearly one million people primarily living in mostly […]

August 9, 2017 - 4:53 pm
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The Spotify of the textbook world takes off as Bibliotech is go

As libraries look to widen access to core texts, how can they make this affordable to both universities and students? (1 August 2017) Social mobility of students is a topic that rarely leaves the education headlines, with tuition fees and accommodation costs at the top of the list. Less topical, but of real importance to […]

August 9, 2017 - 4:20 pm
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British Library: digitizing 200 years of early Bengali books

The Times of India reports that the British Library has scanned 1,000 “old and rare printed Bengali books of the 19th century, according to project co-ordinators.” The program is part of an international partnership to digitize rare material from the library’s South Asian printed book collection. Eventually, 4,000 early printed books in Bengali—with a total of more […]

July 23, 2017 - 5:08 pm
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iGroup partners with Knowledge Unlatched in Asia and Oceania

(27 June 2017, Hong Kong) iGroup is partnering with Knowledge Unlatched (KU), a global initiative in which publishers and libraries collaborate to make books from the Humanities and Social Sciences freely available to readers around the world. Effective immediately all of Asia and Oceania will be covered by iGroup. “KU is the leading initiative in […]

July 10, 2017 - 3:19 pm
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Tencent’s online publisher files for Hong Kong IPO seen worth $800 million

(4 July 2017) China Literature Ltd, a Tencent Holdings Ltd unit and the country’s largest online publishing and eBook company, has filed for a Hong Kong initial public offering that is expected to raise as much as $800 million. The deal is also a boost for the Hong Kong bourse, which has failed to attract […]

July 6, 2017 - 3:47 pm
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Collaboration is essential for the Future of the Academic Book, finds Academic Book of the Future Report

(13 June 2017) Two major new reports published today demonstrate that the future of the academic book is at a crossroads with the number of new book proposals growing rapidly but sales per title continuing to fall. Researchers on the Academic Book of the Future project are recommending that academics and publishers work together to […]

June 20, 2017 - 11:09 am
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New Oriental Education leads $13m in Chinese children’s stories content start-up

(29 May 2017) New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. has led a RMB90 million (US$13 million) funding round in Kaishuo Jianggushi, a children’s stories content provider. Chinese growth capital firm Trustbridge Partners, Shanghai-listed Zhejiang Daily Digital Culture Group and iResearch Capital also participated in the round. The funding round is part of a new […]

May 31, 2017 - 8:24 am
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China Reading launches Qidian International, the leading international digital reading platform for China’s independent writers

(16 May 2017, Shanghai, PRNewswire/InfoQuest) China Reading, China’s leading online literature platform, has officially launched both its international website as well as mobile app, as part of its expansion into the international online reading market. This international expansion aims to build upon China Reading’s success and growth of the Chinese online literature market. The Qidian […]

May 16, 2017 - 4:46 pm
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UK readers abandon eBooks at an alarming rate

(27 April 2017) Readers in the United Kingdom are suffering from screen fatigue and are abandoning eBooks and embracing print says Michael Kozlowski. Sales of consumer eBooks plunged 17% to £204m last year, the lowest level since 2011. This has resulted in a number of companies to go out of business such as Blinkbox Books and […]

April 28, 2017 - 3:20 pm
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eBooks usage 2016 at Cambridge: a glance at the figures

(6 April 2017) Cambridge University has recently completed compiling 2016 usage statistics for over 75,000 eBooks on more than sixty platforms. Cambridge librarians can download the full dataset but for those of you looking to get a quick idea, ebooks@cambridge offers some key observations. 3.3 million hits were recorded on eBooks…  eBooks usage continues to […]

April 9, 2017 - 3:38 pm
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Launch of “Rights, Action and Social Responsibility” initiative

(6 April 2017, Berlin and Boston) De Gruyter and a number of prestigious university presses are making books and journal articles across nine topical areas freely available until the end of 2017 on http://degruyter.com/. Broadening access to these areas of scholarship enables more people, including non-academics, to address these issues in an informed manner: it […]

April 8, 2017 - 10:01 am
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