Dubai to build world’s largest e-library

(19 November 2016) ChinaEconomicNet reports that the The Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum has issued on Friday a law to establish a one billion dirham (USD 272 million) library with two million eBooks, making it the world’s largest electronic collection, UAE state news agency WAM reported. A board, which will have to […]

November 19, 2016 - 3:44 pm

Open access books poised to grow 30% a year through 2020

(11 November 2016, Rockville, Md.) While the movement to unlock the vaults of scientific, technical and medical (STM) research is revolutionizing academic journal publishing, scholarly and professional book publishers are experimenting with open models simply to keep the venerable monograph from extinction—this according to the most recent report from media and publishing intelligence firm Simba […]

November 16, 2016 - 11:03 am

eBooks can be lent in same way as traditional books, says CJEU

(10 November 2016)  The lending of an electronic book (eBook) can be treated in the same way as that of a traditional book under certain conditions, Europe’s highest court said today. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) was ruling on Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken v Stichting Leenrecht, referred by the District Court of […]

November 12, 2016 - 3:54 pm

NLB’s new app encourges ebook downloads to read on the go, including special book themed trains

(24 October 2016, Singapore)  Singapore’s National Library Board has a new mobile app offering downloads of popular titles including The Hobbit, The Life of Pi and the Lonely Planet series. The service encourages reading on the go. Working in partnership with the Land Transport Authority, NLB also launched two trains decorated in themes organised around […]

October 25, 2016 - 7:56 pm

Overdrive powers hundreds of library ebook clubs globally

(18 October 2016, Frankfurt, Germany)  Publishers, authors and libraries have helped create a worldwide phenomenon by establishing more than 170 digital Book Clubs in 31 countries and on six continents in 2016. At the Frankfurt Book Fair (stand B7 in Hall 6.2), OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide, will present […]

October 19, 2016 - 1:46 pm

The best e-Readers of 2016

(1 October 2016) The e-reader industry is starting to mature and a number of companies continue to release new products. Michael Kozlowski takes a look at the best devices that are currently available and some of the reasons why he really like them. The readers include Amazon Kindle Oasis, Kobo Aura One, Tolino Vision 3 […]

October 3, 2016 - 7:58 pm

Invitation to submit proposals for chapters – new book highlighting the work of health librarians

(30 September 2016) In 2017 IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section and IFLA Publications will publish a book entitled: Action to impact:  librarians working at the heart of health communities IFLA wants to hear from librarians meeting the challenge of moving beyond their well-established roles to take their place at the heart of professional, social […]

October 1, 2016 - 4:32 pm

Studies show college students get higher grades and learn better with digital course materials

Lower cost digital options from education publishers provide measurable improvements for students (28 September 2016, Washington, DC)  Multiple studies from education publishers reveal that digital learning materials are improving student performance in college, resulting in higher exam scores, better grades, and fewer students dropping out of classes. Digital materials, which are available via access codes […]

October 1, 2016 - 3:19 pm

UK students and universities set to reap the benefits of market-leading e-book pilot

(21 September 2016) Pearson and Jisc are today announcing a year-long pilot that will make e-books more readily accessible to students across UK higher education (HE). The agreement is based on extensive engagement and feedback from members of Jisc, and follows six months of open and constructive dialogue between Jisc and Pearson. From this month, Jisc […]

September 23, 2016 - 8:30 pm

Asia Foundation Launches Let’s Read! E-Books for Cambodian Children

(19 September 2016, Phnom Penh)  Yesterday, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program launched Let’s Read! E-Books for Cambodian Children, a program that will develop a line of high-quality, Khmer-language storybooks. Let’s Read! E-Books for Cambodian Children addresses one of the root causes for the weak reading culture in many developing Asian countries – a […]

September 21, 2016 - 8:03 am

Call for applications: World Book Capital 2019

(15 September 2016) UNESCO, IFLA, and IPA have opened the call for nominations for the World Book Capital 2019. Each year, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry—the International Publishers Association (IPA), and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)—select the World Book Capital for a one-year period, effective […]

September 20, 2016 - 5:23 pm

figshare partners with the Royal Society to increase research data discoverability

(7 September 2016) figshare has announced a partnership with Royal Society to showcase the data from eleven of their publications. Aggregated under one URL rs.figshare.com, each journal will also have its own sub portal. These new portals will increase the discoverability of their data and give them a wider oversight of what is referenced in their journals. The Royal Society is a […]

September 10, 2016 - 10:42 am

IGI Global expecting huge growth of its eBooks collection

(19 August 2016) IGI Global has announced a major database expansion due to the growth of its book collection. Throughout the next copyright year, IGI Global will publish over 400 new peer-reviewed reference titles which can be utilized by researchers in the InfoSci-Books database. The expanding collection contains two new book types, Research Insights and Critical […]

August 20, 2016 - 7:55 am

Brill partners with ScienceOpen to put linguistics research into context

(4 August 2016)  Brill, the international scholarly publisher, is pleased to announce a pilot with research network ScienceOpen. As of September 2016, three of Brill’s Linguistics journals will be indexed on the ScienceOpen platform. This includes adding of article-level metadata, reference analysis and linking back to Brill’s Books and Journals platform. By indexing journals with […]

August 6, 2016 - 8:08 pm

Access-to-Own now available on ProQuest® Ebook Central™ platform

(2 August 2016, Mountain View, CA) ProQuest’s highly-anticipated Access-to-Own ebook acquisition model is now available, enabling libraries to offer access to diverse content while applying spending on short-term loans to title ownership. Access-to-Own empowers libraries to build quality ebook collections based on the real needs of their users. The Access-to-Own model adds to the wide […]

August 5, 2016 - 2:11 pm