eBooks

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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Altmetric Badges for Books adopted by The MIT Press providing new attention insights for authors, editors and readers

(29 March 2017,  London, UK and Cambridge, MA)  Data science company Altmetric today announced that The MIT Press has integrated Altmetric Badges for Books into its book pages. Visitors will be provided with an at-a-glance summary of the online attention relating to all of their monograph titles, discovering for the first time the broader engagement from key […]

April 4, 2017 - 2:20 pm
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ProQuest helps libraries meet demand for Chinese-language resources

New selection of ebooks expands company’s rich selection of research materials (30 March 2017, Mountain View, CA) ProQuest is collaborating with Asian Studies scholars, librarians and Chinese-language publishers to offer a selection of Chinese-language ebooks, enabling libraries to provide resources demanded by researchers. The growing collection spans thousands of titles available on the Ebook Central®, ebrary® […]

March 31, 2017 - 3:01 pm
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Modern public library prepared for East Jakarta

(25 March 2017) East Jakarta will soon have a modern public library with air-conditioned reading rooms, comfortable chairs and tables, sofas and pleasant outdoor scenery. East Jakarta Library and Archives Agency head Fadlan Zurhan said the municipality had renovated a building that used to be the Pondok Bambu subdistrict office in Duren Sawit into a café-style […]

March 27, 2017 - 8:29 am
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De Gruyter sponsors Directory of Open Access Books

(22 March 2017) De Gruyter is providing sponsorship for the Directory of Open Access Books to celebrate the launch of the De Gruyter Open Access Book Library on degruyter.com which is intended to draw attention to the growing number – and growing importance – of open access books. Not only does the Library contain all […]

March 24, 2017 - 8:36 am
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British Library launches OCR competition for rare Indian books

(22 March 2017) Calling all transcription enthusiasts! The British Library has launched a competition to find an accurate and automated transcription solution for its rare Indian books and printed catalogue records, currently being digitised through the Two Centuries of Indian Print project. The competition, in partnership with the University of Salford’s PRIMA Research Lab, is part of […]

March 23, 2017 - 6:49 pm
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The Biophysical Society and IOP Publishing form new partnership to create ebooks program for the biophysics community

(10 February 2017)  The Biophysical Society and IOP Publishing have forged a new publishing partnership to support the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics, through the creation of a comprehensive collection of ebooks. The collaboration will bring the world-leading expertise and domain knowledge of the Biophysical Society into the rapidly developing IOP ebooks program, […]

February 14, 2017 - 7:30 am
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Western Sydney University and ProQuest team to offer etextbooks to students

Program provides no cost, simplified access to digital textbooks from more than 60 publishers to first year students (12 February 2017, Mountain View, CA)  A ground-breaking collaboration between Western Sydney University and ProQuest provides digital textbooks for commencing university students through the University’s library, reducing the cost of education to students and increasing access to […]

February 13, 2017 - 3:47 pm
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E-book library portal on Uncle Ho made public

(10 February 2017) The Ho Chi Minh city Department of Information and Communications on February 9th made public the city e-book library portal themed “Studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s ideology, ethics and lifestyle”. The portal will update works by Uncle Ho, reportages, news and stories on Uncle Ho; and examples of studying and […]

February 12, 2017 - 12:13 pm
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ProQuest explores obstacles and opportunities in managing book collections

Whitepaper delves into complexities of balancing print and ebooks, highlighting opportunities for collaboration between librarians and content aggregators (8 February 2017, Mountain View, CA)  ProQuest’s latest whitepaper Obstacles and Opportunities: Ebooks, Print and the Impact of Choice on Libraries and the Users They Serve is now available for download. Focusing on the UK higher-education book […]

February 10, 2017 - 8:31 am
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De Gruyter signs agreement with University of Hawai‘i Press

Comprehensive collection of Asian and Pacific Studies titles created (30 January 2017) The University of Hawai‘i Press (UHP) and De Gruyter have formed a partnership for the worldwide sales of UHP’s electronic academic publications. This includes a frontlist of titles and a backlist of approximately 800 titles, which is expected to grow. De Gruyter will […]

January 31, 2017 - 11:43 pm
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