For years, critics have bemoaned the decline of reading among both children and adults, but new data actually presents hard numbers on how this behavior has actually declined. According to analysis conducted by Jean M. Twenge, PhD, of the recent Monitoring the Future report, kids these days have all but stopped … [Read more...] about Kids These Days… Have They Stopped Reading?
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The American Library Association Midwinter conference is occuring at the Colorado convention centre from February 9-12. Unlike previous years where audiobooks, ebooks and politics dominate the discussion groups, this year is entirely different. AR, VR and voice assistants are going to dominate the Future of Libraries … [Read more...] about AR, VR and Alexa will dominate ALA Midwinter
The American Library Association has just partnered with Google for a “Ready to Code" program. The $500,000 pilot program is part of Phase III of Libraries Ready to Code, an ongoing collaboration between ALA and Google to ensure that expert library professionals are prepared to develop and deliver programming that … [Read more...] about American Library Association Partners with Google
The 3M Cloud Library and their parent company Bibliotheca are bringing ePub3 support for large graphic books. Unlike other vendors, these books are fully downloadable to be available for offline reading. This enables libraries to expand their options for their patrons – convenient digital books for summer reading … [Read more...] about Bibliotheca and 3M Cloud Library Unveil EPUB3 Support
Bibliotheca swallowed up the 3M Cloud Library in 2015 and the two sides have been making a serious play to be the second largest player in the digital library sector. The American Library Association midwinter conference is starting tomorrow in Atlanta and Bibliotheca is unveiling a bunch of new services, including a … [Read more...] about Bibliotheca is launching a new web reader
Overdrive is the largest company currently operating in the digital library sector. Thousands of branches in North America rely on Overdrive to power their audiobook, e-book and video catalogs. Next week, at the American Library Association Annual Conference there are going to be some new and exciting changes to make … [Read more...] about Librarians are going to be excited about new Overdrive changes
The American Library Association Annual event is transpiring June 23rd to June 28th in Orlando. The organization has just released their full schedule, which comprises of peer to peer discussion groups and keynote speeches.The one thing I really dig about attending the ALA annual events is the sheer amount of … [Read more...] about The American Library Association Releases Their Full Schedule
One of the best things about the annual Book Expo America event in New York is all of the different keynotes and sessions. This is where authors, agents and publishers get a sense of trends in the industry. Book Expo America is doing something very different at the 2016 event, they are encouraging librarians to visit … [Read more...] about Book Expo America Partners with ALA
The American Library Association in conjunction with the Book Industry Study Group conducted a survey of 2,000 people and found some disappointing news when it comes to digital content. 25% of patrons reported that they had borrowed an e-book within the past year, and even fewer (9%) said they had checked out a … [Read more...] about 25% of library patrons borrowed an e-book in 2015
The e-reader and consumer e-book industry has hit the proverbial glass ceiling in terms of sales. One of the segments that has been consistently on the upward trend has been libraries.A recent report by the Library Journal has stated that 95% of all US libraries have an e-book collection. That’s up from 89% in both … [Read more...] about Libraries Report 2015 Has Been the Best Year Ever for e-Books
A staggering 95% of all libraries in the United States have an e-book collection. Sometimes we take this granted and get irked that there is a long waiting list for a New York Times bestseller. Why can't libraries simply have enough titles to meet the demand? The answer, is that libraries are gouged on the price for … [Read more...] about How Much Money do Libraries Spend on e-Books?
Hoopla is quietly becoming a force to be reckoned with and is constantly adding content to their catalog and will soon give Overdrive a run for their money.The success of Hoopla is attributed to their unique pay per use system. This means that libraries only pay them money when a patron borrows a title, each e-book … [Read more...] about Hoopla is giving Overdrive a run for their Money