China Cultural Center turns new page with digital library

(30 December 2016) A digital library of China Cultural Center was launched Thursday 29 December in Beijing to provide better information service to readers abroad and to better promote Chinese culture. The online library, a joint initiative of the Bureau for External Cultural Relations of the Ministry of Culture and the National Library, will be […]

December 31, 2016 - 9:07 am

Should writers be paid for their eBooks lent by libraries?

(21 December 2016) When libraries lend books to the public, authors and publishers receive remuneration from the Government under the Lending Rights schemes, but this is not the case when libraries lend eBooks. Is this fair? This year, a Public Lending Rights scheme was extended to eBooks in Canada, with no payments for eBooks yet. […]

December 22, 2016 - 4:05 pm

Wolters Kluwer enhances formulary monograph service and pharmacogenomics content in Lexicomp

(December 15, 2016)  The Health division of Wolters Kluwer is providing user-friendly access to timely, relevant drug information by enhancing valuable special features in its Lexicomp® Online electronic drug reference solution. This includes upgrading the interface of the Formulary Monograph Service module and introducing summary pharmacogenomics monographs for easier, point-of-care clinical use. Formulary Monograph Service, available […]

December 21, 2016 - 7:40 am

E-book survey for higher education students and teachers in Finland

(13 December 2016) As part of a project on E-textbooks for Finnish higher education, HE students and teachers were surveyed about their experiences with e-books. The project started in January 2014, organized by The National Library of Finland and FinELib consortium. Participants included higher education libraries (both universities and universities of applied sciences), publishers and […]

December 13, 2016 - 1:36 pm

Controversial impact factor gets a heavyweight rival

(8 December 2016) Elsevier’s CiteScore uses a larger database — and provides different results for the quality of journals. Richard Van Noorden writes in Nature that one of science’s most contentious metrics has a flashy new rival. On 8 December, publishing giant Elsevier launched the CiteScore index to assess the quality of academic journals. Although […]

December 9, 2016 - 4:10 pm

Amazon launches digital books in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Malayalam on Kindle

(1 December 2016, Bengaluru)  Amazon announced today the addition of thousands of digital books in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Malayalam, including the largest digital selection of best sellers, hundreds of exclusive titles, and free classics to the Kindle Book Store. Readers can access these books on their Kindle eReaders and free Kindle apps for […]

December 4, 2016 - 8:12 pm

E-library for inmates at Kerala jail

(27 November 2016) Inmates of a central prison in Kerala will soon have eBooks in their hands, thanks to a digital library being set up in the jail premises, which is considered as the first such facility in southern India. Authorities of Poojappura Central Prison, one of the oldest recorded prisons in the state, are […]

November 28, 2016 - 3:44 pm

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