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Use open source tools to create your own eBooks | opensource.com

Use open source tools to create your own eBooks | opensource.com | More TechBits | Scoop.it
Opensource.com provides a simple, reliable method for creating eBooks the open source way.

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Ebook toolkit: Cool Tools for Multimedia Publishing

Ebook toolkit: Cool Tools for Multimedia Publishing | More TechBits | Scoop.it

With the launch of iBooks Author in January, Apple made it possible for anyone to make graphically stunning multimedia publications. The implications for education are huge. Imagine replacing standardized textbooks with customized reference materials tailored to meet the unique needs of learners in the classroom, library, or across a district.

 

-Richard Byrne @ The Digital Shift


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‘Harry Potter’ Series Will Be Free in Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library

‘Harry Potter’ Series Will Be Free in Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library | More TechBits | Scoop.it

If you're one of the last few people on Earth who haven't read the Harry Potter series, now you have no excuse. Today Amazon announced that it's adding all seven of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books to the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

 

-Keith Wagstaff @ Time.com


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A Primer on Ebooks for Libraries Just Starting With Downloadable Media — The Digital Shift

A Primer on Ebooks for Libraries Just Starting With Downloadable Media — The Digital Shift | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Nice overview!

 

"Library Journal is presenting a series of articles, Exploring Ebook Options, that takes an indepth look at some of the ebook platforms that are now in the marketplace. Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 and Freading from Library Ideas have already been profiled. This story provides an environmental scan."

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» Making Library e-Books on the e-Book Reader Visible ACRL Tech Connect

» Making Library e-Books on the e-Book Reader Visible ACRL Tech Connect | More TechBits | Scoop.it

"Like many libraries, Florida International University (FIU) Library started an e-book reader lending program that circulates e-book readers. Each reader comes with more than one hundred titles that have been selected by subject librarians. But how can a library make these library e-books on e-book readers noticed by library users? How can a library help a user to quickly figure out what books are available on, say, a library Kindle device when those are specifically what the user is looking for?"

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Five e-book trends for 2012 and beyond

Five e-book trends for 2012 and beyond | More TechBits | Scoop.it

"With the arrival of new tablets, advanced e-readers and digitally enhanced content, the e-book market has seen tremendous growth over the last year..."


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10 Pinterest Boards For eBook Fans - eBookNewser

10 Pinterest Boards For eBook Fans - eBookNewser | More TechBits | Scoop.it
10 Pinterest Boards For eBook Fans...
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Swiss Army Librarian » Freading Ebook Library from Library Ideas, LLC :: Brian Herzog

Swiss Army Librarian » Freading Ebook Library from Library Ideas, LLC :: Brian Herzog | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Great review of the "Freading Ebook Library" (ebook product by the company that does Freegal) by the Swiss Army Librarian.

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Amazon Might Start Selling Used E-Books

Amazon Might Start Selling Used E-Books | More TechBits | Scoop.it
Amazon was awarded a patent for a system to sell previously owned digital objects like e-books and audio downloads, reports Publisher's Weekly.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-used-e-books-2013-2#ixzz2MmfTcHT1
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Ebook Crowdfunding Platform Unglue.it Launched

Ebook Crowdfunding Platform Unglue.it Launched | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Unglue.it, the crowdfunding platform designed to encourage authors and publishers to make their ebooks available under a Creative Commons license, was officially launched on May 17. Unglue.it works by allowing the rights holders of an already-published book to set a funding threshold—generally between $5,000 to $25,000—and a deadline for a funding campaign. If supporters pledge sufficient funding prior to the campaign deadline, the book will be released as an “unglued” ebook edition, free of digital rights management (DRM) software, and free to copy and share under a Creative Commons license.

 

-Matt Enis @ The Digital Shift


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The Kindle Best Sellers that are currently Free

The Kindle Best Sellers that are currently Free | More TechBits | Scoop.it
Zero Dollar Books will help discover Kindle best sellers that are available as free downloads for your Kindle, PC or Mac.
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Wescott Library's "Reader Bar" Introduces Patrons to Virtual Books - Patch.com

Wescott Library's "Reader Bar" Introduces Patrons to Virtual Books - Patch.com | More TechBits | Scoop.it

"Wescott Library Manager Mary Wussow doesn't have an e-reader yet, but it's just a matter of time, Wussow said, before she joins the latest trend sweeping the literary world..."

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Ebook Providers, ILS Vendors Move Rapidly to Remove Friction From E-Lending

Ebook Providers, ILS Vendors Move Rapidly to Remove Friction From E-Lending | More TechBits | Scoop.it

Even as anxious publishers are hoping to increase friction in the ebook lending experience, librarians have been clamoring for vendors of integrated library systems (ILS) to make e-lending a unified, sleek experience. Rather than navigating their patrons away from the library’s web presence to Balkanized, often commercial, third-party platforms, each with a different discovery and delivery experience, librarians have been demanding a single, easy-to-use, easy-to-search platform — an integration of the ILS with ebook vendor platforms.


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Unglue.it seeks to set ebooks free - O'Reilly Radar

Unglue.it seeks to set ebooks free - O'Reilly Radar | More TechBits | Scoop.it
In this TOC podcast, Gluejar president Eric Hellman talks about how the Unglue.it platform can be used for ebook distribution.
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Classroom Publishing: Enable students to create ebooks of their work with these easy-to-use applications

Classroom Publishing: Enable students to create ebooks of their work with these easy-to-use applications | More TechBits | Scoop.it
http://t.co/tQFfF7WH Enable students to create ePubs from School Library Journal...
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