Tag Archives: eBooks

Vietnam to enhance digitalization of library

(6 December 2018) Speaking at the seminar “Developing and reforming library activities in the new era”, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam emphasized that digitalization of library nationwide will help people to access books easily. The seminar was held yesterday by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. According to the Ministry, library system has […]


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Deal on eLending in the Netherlands: Interview with the Dutch Public Library Association

(31 October 2018) Following extensive discussions, libraries in the Netherlands have come to an agreement with publishers and others about eBook availability in the country. Published in the Official Journal on 24 October, the Covenant (available in Dutch) promises to ensure that more books are available for e-Lending by libraries, within a shorter period of […]


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Project MUSE offers nearly 300 “HTML5” open access books on re-designed platform

(21 September 2018, Baltimore, MD) Nearly 300 open access (OA) books are now available from Project MUSE, the highly-acclaimed online collection of humanities and social science scholarship, on a newly designed platform that represents a major step forward in OA publishing in these fields.  The books will be delivered in a highly-discoverable and adaptable format […]


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National Library Board of Singapore receives digital innovation award

(19 September 2018, Cleveland, Ohio and Singapore) Rakuten OverDrive, the world’s leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, presented the 2018 Digital Innovation Award to the National Library Board Singapore (NLB) at a ceremony in Singapore last month. This award was presented to recognize the numerous innovative features and services NLB has developed and […]


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Springer Nature announces new eBook collection: Intelligent Technologies and Robotics

(12 September 2018) A specially-tailored eBook collection focusing on the fields of intelligent technologies and robotics has now been compiled by Springer Nature. This package focuses on interdisciplinary and dynamic areas of engineering which have emerged from the more traditional disciplines of automation and control. The decision to create this new collection reflects the increasing […]


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More changes in eBook lending for public libraries

(7 September 2018) In what the publisher called “good news” for libraries and their patrons, Penguin Random House has announced that as of October 1, 2018, the house is changing its e-book lending licenses for public libraries in the U.S. The shift moves access to book titles from a “perpetual access” model (where libraries pay […]


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India lowers the tax on eBooks

(19 August 2018) India has just lowered the tax on eBooks from 18% to 5%, but it has a few caveats. In order to qualify for the discount the eBook also has to have a print edition, which means the vast majority of self-published titles will not see a reduced tax rate. GoodEreader has the […]


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IGI Global new unprecedented InfoSci-Database pricing

(2 April 2018) Reinforcing its commitment to the complete worldwide dissemination of innovative research, IGI Global, a leading academic publisher, is offering unprecedented pricing for its award-winning InfoSci-Databases including InfoSci-Journals and InfoSci-Books. This new pricing structure is designed to ensure that institutions worldwide have the ability to acquire the latest innovative research at affordable rates. […]


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Peking University acquires linguistics and literature eBook package from De Gruyter Mouton

(25 January 2018) Peking University has acquired the complete De Gruyter Mouton collection (up to and including 2017) to strengthen its growing linguistics program. The acquired collection includes 2,400 ebook titles. “We are proud that Peking University has chosen to expand its collection with the prestigious De Gruyter Mouton content and that our titles are […]


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Asia Foundation announces YBM support to expand Let’s Read! in Asia

(19 December 2017) The Asia Foundation today announced a donation from one of Korea’s largest publishing and education companies, YBM, Inc., to expand the Foundation’s Let’s Read! digital libraries initiative. The regional platform brings open-sourced books in local languages to children in underserved communities in Asian countries, helping to improve access to books and literacy […]


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Springer Nature’s Bookmetrix to launch a new metric for eBook collection performance at Frankfurt Book Fair

(5 October 2017, London)  Bookmetrix, a platform that brings together citations, downloads and altmetrics for books and chapters, is extending its scope by providing better insights into the reach and impact of Springer Nature’s various eBook collections. With these new, innovative features, Bookmetrix is adding value by offering detailed information for authors and readers as […]


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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, […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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