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FREE EBOOK: Project Gutenberg – More Than Just Free Books, Mark O'Neill

FREE EBOOK: Project Gutenberg – More Than Just Free Books, Mark O'Neill | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Angela Alcorn:

"If you’ve heard of Project Gutenberg, you probably know it for its vast collection of free public domain books. But do you know everything it offers and how to make the best of the site?

With an army of volunteers scanning, proofreading, and editing public domain works, being able to discover obscure works of literature is now easier than ever. Project Gutenberg, which has over 45,000 books on offer (at the time of writing), aims to ensure that no book will ever truly disappear. Project Gutenberg also offers audiobooks and the chance to help get involved in the project.

FREE EBOOK: Project Gutenberg – More Than Just Free Books

Read online or download PDF, EPUB version free of charge; Kindle version $1


 

This guide, written by MakeUseOf’s own Mark O’Neill will teach you:

about the concept of public domain workshow to find and use audiobooks through Librivoxthe quickest way to self-publish your own bookshow distributed proofreading works and how to get involvedsome cool tools and tricks of the Project Gutenberg siteand will suggest some great starting points for your reading."
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Guide by Mark O'Neill

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Are Digital Libraries A 'Winner-Takes-All' Market? OverDrive Hopes So

Are Digital Libraries A 'Winner-Takes-All' Market? OverDrive Hopes So | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Ava Seave:

“Schools and libraries in all forms are transitioning their spends from providing physical items that are being stored on shelves and branches to digital items -- the fastest portion of their growth,” said Steve Potash  in a recent interview.

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Future digital libraries? Most probably!

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Zinio Now Offers Free Back Issues of Magazines Through Public Libraries | The eBook Reader Blog

Zinio Now Offers Free Back Issues of Magazines Through Public Libraries | The eBook Reader Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"A few months back I posted about how Zinio now offers hundreds of magazines for download for free through public libraries. Being able to download dozens of popular magazine titles for free is a great way to get digital magazines. It still seems a little too good to be true, but it’s been 3 months and the system is still going strong. My library’s selection of magazines continues to grow. There are now over 240 separate titles. And now they’ve added the ability to download back issues of most titles. That’s right. Zinio now offers back issues through public libraries. It varies from title to title just how far issues go back. A lot of them seem to go back to December 2012, but I happened to notice that Business Week offer back issues all the way back to January 2003. That’s over 500 back issues!"
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Who inherits your iTunes library?

Who inherits your iTunes library? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Many of us will accumulate vast libraries of digital books and music over the course of our lifetimes. But when we die, our collections of words and music may expire with us. (Who inherits your iTunes library?
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Interesting discussion about digital ownership after your death! Something to think about!

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New Bilbary e-rental venture - "Libraries can prosper - if they change", by Tim Coates

"The plan to allow the reading public to rent e-books, much as they rent movies, has proved so much more contentious than its pioneer, the former Waterstones managing director Tim Coates, had hoped.

That publishers are chary of the idea of his new Bilbary e-rental venture, which launched this week, is perhaps not entirely surprising: although the e-rentals automatically delete themselves when the borrowing time expires, they fear the scheme might harm sales.

Less controversial, however, is Mr Coates' generous pledge to donate a good chunk of Bilbary's profits to campaigns to keep open libraries threatened by government budget cuts. Hundreds of the nation's 4,000 public libraries are at risk; and campaigners' attempts to persuade courts and councils to keep them open are largely failing."

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New Bilbary e-rental venture launched this week!

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Is a paperless library still a library? - Discussion

Is a paperless library still a library? - Discussion | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The concept of a library is going to be re-invented in Texas with the launch of a public library with digital rather than printed books.

 

Discussion from various quarters about the concept of paperless libraries!

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My own opinion: There is still a place for a book, and a book in a library, especially if there is heritage value in it!

The space and place of a library is also evolving with the changing times, but the importance of a "library" in a community cannot be overlooked!

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Penguin Revisits Library Pilot Terms | American Libraries Magazine

Penguin Revisits Library Pilot Terms | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Penguin Group USA revealed today that, as of April 2, it will remove the six-month embargo on ebook titles licensed to libraries and instead offer new titles immediately after they are released in the consumer market.
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Penguin Group USA > change to ebook lending at libraries!

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Smashwords: How Libraries Can Launch Community Publishing Initiatives with Self-Published Ebooks

Smashwords: How Libraries Can Launch Community Publishing Initiatives with Self-Published Ebooks | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Mark Coker: Libraries are uniquely qualified to orchestrate community resources and talent to help local writers become professional self-publishers. By holding seminars and classes, and by bringing local authors together face to face with readers and aspiring authors, libraries can help unleash the talent locked inside the minds and fingertips of their local community's writers.  They can also help ensure a steady future supply of library-friendly authors who will want to supply their ebooks to libraries.


Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/17571498#


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Great tools and tips for self-publishing at libraries!

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Bookmobile due in San Luis to expose readers to digital reading - Yuma Sun

Bookmobile due in San Luis to expose readers to digital reading - Yuma Sun | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Bookmobile due in San Luis to expose readers to digital reading
Yuma Sun
The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile, a 74-foot-long semi tractor-trailer, allows patrons to climb aboard and check out exhibits of electronic readers, e-books and books on audio.
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Book mobile for digital reading!

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Libraries of the future [cartoon]

Libraries of the future [cartoon] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Tom Gauld has created a new fantastic cartoon. This time we can see how he imagines the library of the future.
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Library of the future!

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Swedes Think Different: A New Model for E-lending

Swedes Think Different: A New Model for E-lending | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
In the case of e-book lending, the model that prevails in Sweden was drafted over a decade ago by representatives from the library sector and the Association of Swedish Publishers. Whilst the dominant model internationally is based on the idea of licensing ‘copies’ of e-books, in Sweden the library treats e-books as a ‘service’ with titles available concurrently to any number of patrons, for free. In Sweden you never have to wait for an e-book to become ‘available’ which of course means you can borrow as many as you want, simultaneously.
Via Miguel Mimoso Correia
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Can E-Books and Libraries Coexist? – Infographic

Can E-Books and Libraries Coexist? – Infographic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Bob Al-Greene
"Print -- literature, journalism, you name it -- has experienced an extended obituary over the last decade, alongside the rise of digital media.
But a recent Pew study found that even as sales of e-readers like Nook and Kindle grow swiftly, young people still frequent libraries more than you might think, and print books remain popular. Even the most plugged-in lit fans are not ready to abandon print as a dead medium. In fact, e-book readers consume more books annually, no matter the format."
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Lawyers & Librarians: Google's Battle for the Books, by @jeffjohnroberts

Lawyers & Librarians: Google's Battle for the Books, by @jeffjohnroberts | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"I'm happy to announce the publication of my e-book, The Battle for the Books: Inside Google's Gambit to Build the World's Biggest Library. This is a 50 page tale of gossip and rivalries between lawyers and librarians, and shows a cultural collision between Silicon Valley and the east coast over control of books and knowledge."

 

Available here: http://pro.gigaom.com/books/the-battle-for-the-books/

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A New Year’s Vision of Libraries as Bookstores - Jamie Larue discussion | American Libraries Magazine

A New Year’s Vision of Libraries as Bookstores - Jamie Larue discussion | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
@ALALibrary asks whether libraries can and/or will make the transition to becoming ebook-sellers. Thoughts? http://t.co/IBMb0KxPew

 

"Beth Bacon, vice president of content management at Seattle publishing platform Booktrope, posted a piece December 30, 2013, on the idea of libraries as ebookstores. On the surface, there is much to commend it. Many bookstores have closed, and the more than 15,000 public libraries in the United States—more, ALA tells us (PDF file), than there are McDonald's in the country—would seem to provide a nationwide network of distribution, already established, already trusted."

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Jamie Larue asks about the potential benefits and pitfalls to the library?

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“E-Books in Libraries, 2013 Has Been a Year of Small Victories and Bigger Battles”, by Gary Price | LJ INFOdocket

“E-Books in Libraries, 2013 Has Been a Year of Small Victories and Bigger Battles”, by Gary Price | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Public librarians have applauded the increased access to e-books now being offered by the big five publishers—most recently Macmillan, which has made its entire backlist of 11,000 titles available for lending. But the recent good news, librarians say, should not obscure the fact that the present system, with its plethora of licensing models and platforms, remains untenable."

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A reflection on e-books in libraries.

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Archive of Hangout #3 - ebooks & more!

Archive of Hangout #3 - ebooks & more! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Hey everyone, We had a great time hanging out with Mylee and Kathryn tonight as we discussed ebooks, productivity tools, some things to look forward to with the last five 'things', and Mylee's and ...
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ANZ 23 Mobile Things - Hangout 3 > about ebooks & productivity tools
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68 essential resources for eBooks in libraries by Ellyssa Kroski

Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and the blogger for OEDb’s iLibrarian, as well as a writer, educator, and international conference speaker, developed this list of 68 essential resources about eBooks in libraries.  Ellyssa has organized the list into several broad categories including:  general, devices, blogs, purchasing, creating, and more.

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Fantastic resource!

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Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns | Information Wants To Be Free

Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns | Information Wants To Be Free | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @Stevelibs: Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns - http://bit.ly/ffNAzv via @Shareaholic

 

A few concerns voiced by a librarian, Meredith Farkas, about ebooks and libraries.

Points being covered:

- What about ILL?

- Too many platforms,  too little interoperability

- how do you browse a shelf of eBooks?

- DRM and crazy rules for “lending”

- What do we own and what does that mean?

- What do we own and what does that mean?


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Valid questions and concerns about ebooks and libraries!

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The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic

The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Ariana Stone:

We are in the midst of a major shift at school libraries thanks to technology innovation. Here are a dozen of those tech tools responsible.

1. INSTANT MESSAGING

2. MOBILE DEVICES

3. WYSIWYG TUTORIAL-MAKERS FOR LIBRARIANS

4. MATERIAL CROWD-SOURCING FOR RURAL SCHOOLS

5. CUSTOM APPS

6. SCREENCASTS

7. CLOUD-BASED STORAGE

8. PORTABLE ENERGY METERS

9. ITUNESU

10. E-READERS AND E-BOOKS

11. AVAILABILITY ALERTS

12. BETTER RESOURCES FOR DISTANCE LEARNERS

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Technologies to use in school libraries! 

Also valuable to look at in academic or public libraries

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Folding shelves - ebooks and the impact on libraries and publishers > the final verdict not yet out!

Folding shelves - ebooks and the impact on libraries and publishers > the final verdict not yet out! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Librarians and the book industry have different interests. But without getting future generations into the book-reading habit, both will perish, says Stuart Hamilton of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Library lending plays a big if unquantifiable role in nurturing a love of reading.

Some even wonder if e-lending is in the libraries’ interests, since it encourages people to stay at home, rather than use them as a public space (one reason why they enjoy taxpayers’ backing). One critic privately calls e-lending the “Librarian Unemployment Act of 2013”. But Pew, a research firm, reckons 62% of American libraries are the only source of free internet access and computers in their communities. Many patrons also come in to ask for help with learning to use their e-readers. The libraries’ story has plenty more pages yet.

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A good summary of the current ebook saga with regards libraries and publishers!

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Librarian Cites 'Concerning' Trends in Digital Collection Development - The Digital Shift

Librarian Cites 'Concerning' Trends in Digital Collection Development - The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Kathy Ishizuka:

The acquisition and management of digital content is becoming increasingly critical. And given their background in collection development, librarians are uniquely suited to assume this task. But there are pitfalls, according to Michelle Luhtala, the department chair of the New Canaan (CT) High School Library.


Six concerns about trends in digital collection development: http://mluhtala.blogspot.com/2013/02/six-concerns-about-digital-collection.html


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Digital collecetion development in libraries - the pitfalls!

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Library receives special distinction for youth programs & Tools for Teachers - Daily Comet

Mary Cosper Leboeuf:

The Terrebonne Parish Library System is one of 16 finalists for the Institute for Museum and Library Service's National Medal, one of the nation's highest honors conferred on libraries for service to...

 

The programmes that made the award possible:

1. Future Leaders of America's Gulf, or FLAG, is an innovative program for teens that the Library System helped implement. The nonprofit organization is a leadership and environmental group for teenagers who advocate and educate for the future of Louisiana's coast and address issues facing the state.

2. “Tools for Teachers,” a series of workshops developed by the Library System's reference staff to help teachers meet their grade-level expectations for their classrooms. The workshops present to teachers what the Library System has to offer to help in the classroom.

3. LEGO robotics

4. Touch-a-Truck

5. Book sale

6. Adult classes

7. VITA - free tax preparation services

8. Library App

9. Digital Magazines made available to patrons

10. e-readers

11. 24 hour access

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This is what everybody should come to expect from their public library!

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New Pew Releases New Numbers About eBook Reading, eReader Usage, and Library Use in Different Communities – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Pew Releases New Numbers About eBook Reading, eReader Usage, and Library Use in Different Communities – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket

 

http://www.infodocket.com/2012/12/20/pew-releases-new-numbers-about-ebook-reading-ereader-usage-and-library-use-in-different-communities/

 

A new report, Reading Habits in Different Communities was released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project today.

 

Direct to Summary/Full Text Report (HTML) ||| Direct to Full Text Report (PDF)

What Does the Report Cover?

The General Reading Habits of AmericansE-reading Device OwnershipThe State of E-Book ReadingWhere and How Readers Get Their BooksLibrary Use Across CommunitiesDifferences Between Heavy, Light, and Non-book readers Across Community Type
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