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Ingram Digital signs onto Blackwell’s Digital Collection Manager

Publishers Weekly reports that Ingram Digital, an academic and library wholesaler, will make its 185,000-title MyiLibrary catalog of e-books available through Blackwell‘s Digital Collection Manager. It will make ordering and management of e-books in libraries and at schools easier by supporting standard indexing systems such as MARC, during the acquisition process.

Streamlining book metadata, but not for readers

TeleRead points to a new white paper, “Streamlining Book Metadata Workflow,” from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which discusses how to make the collection, curation and dissemination of book metadata more efficient. Its an interesting paper, but one that demonstrates a glaring problem with most of the technical discussions surrounding e-books: […]

Follett expands digital book distribution partnerships

Follett Digital Resources, book distributor and developer of a desktop e-reader application for the K-12 and library markets,¬†announced the signing of 10 new publisher partners who will offer books through the company’s Titlewave and Titletales commerce sites. The deals bring the total number of e-book titles for K-12 and libraries available from Follett to more […]

Cambridge reports on the realities of “mobile libraries”

Citing the move from library mobiles, the bus and van services that delivered books to remote users in the past, the University of Cambridge Arcadia Programme explains the challenges facing the development of “m-libraries,” library access via mobile phone. Author Keren Mills reports that her surveys of university library users discovered that many user experience […]

Springer to bring MyCopy to U.S., Canada

Imagine libraries that stock themselves organically based on what patrons decide to print.¬†Wright State University librarian Sue Polanka writes that Springer Science+Business Media will bring its MyCopy on-demand book production service to North American libraries beginning next week. She has posted a June 22-dated press release from the company. This is an intriguing program, because […]

Financial Times: Google’s railroading cartel

The Financial Times‘ Lex column (registration at site required, but free) makes the rhetorical point: Imagine that in the 19th century the company furthest advanced laying US railroads was given the right to build all future rail lines. The public might have gained from the new services, but ultimately been left at the whim of […]