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by Norman Oder
Library Journal – 13 July 2009

Libraries had better prepare for an explosion in the capacity of mobile devices as well as the transformative increase in user capacity and expectations. This was the message conveyed by a panel yesterday at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference on Libraries and Mobile Devices: Public Policy Considerations.

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by Andy W

The failure is not the technology. The capacity to download, store, and recall hundreds if not thousands of books is impressive. The ability to replicate the look of font on paper is incredible. Each generation of e-book devices is rapidly outpacing the previous incarnations with additional features such as internet browser, PDF support, wireless updates, subscription support, and multiple e-book file types. The technology in and of itself is grand and a true marvel of the modern times.

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by Kate Worlock
FUMSI – April 2009

The eBooks market has been poised for greatness for many years, held back by poor content capabilities, the lack of a suitable technology and the non-availability of valuable content. However, two key devices – the Sony Reader and the Amazon Kindle – as well as applications to read eBooks on devices like the iPhone have thrust eBooks back into the spotlight, re-igniting interest from consumers, business users, students and publishers.

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by Jill Castek and Jessica Mangelson
Book Links – March 2009

Students at Grove Elementary have become celebrated authors due to the schoolwide online library they all helped build. By engaging students in online bookmaking, their librarian, Mrs. Silver, has inspired learners of all ages and reading abilities to become recognized authors. This column introduces free, easy-to-use resources that can be used to create online books, which can then be showcased in customized online libraries. In the process of becoming online authors, students learn to love writing.

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by Judith Rosen
Publishers Weekly – 16 February 2009

The article focuses on the proliferation of electronic book publishing in the children’s book category. According to Ana Maria Allessi, vice president and publisher of Harper Media, e-books did not become absolutely standard operating procedure in six e-book formats until the winter of 2008. Among the technological innovations in e-book publishing are the Plastic Logic e-reader and the large-screen iPod Touch. Part of what is driving digital content for children, the article notes, is the sense that the e-frontier could be publishing’s new Wild West.

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by Brad Stone
The New York Times – 18 March 2009

Aiming to outdo and recapture the crown for the most digital titles in an e-book library, Sony is announcing Thursday a deal with Google to make a half million copyright-free books available for its Reader device, a rival to the Amazon Kindle.

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by Dick Kaser
Computers in Libraries –  1 February 2009

In a decade-long struggle to grasp a foothold, ebooks are finally coming of age in libraries of all kinds. That’s what vendor after vendor told me at the Frankfurt Book Fair in mid-October when I went in search of this ebooks update story.

Though the ebook’s past may have been one of false hopes and nonstarts, according to all accounts, it was the adoption of the ebook standard that seems to have been the magic factor in the delicate ebook deployment and adoption equation.

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by Mary Burkey
Book Links – 1 November 2008

The article focuses on the significance of digital media to public libraries in the U.S. According to the author, librarians are the outposts as new digital methods of communication develop or reinventing themselves as portals which offer services to the community members who might not avail in the physical facility. She also shared her experience at the conference hosted by the OverDrive Media where several library digital pioneers shared there best practices.

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by Paula J. Hane
Information Today – 1 February 2009

In mid-December, just before the holiday rush, the Pew Internet & American Life Project issued its third report on the future of the internet. The survey reveals some fascinating expectations for technological advances, but the respondents disagree about the actual improvements these will make in our lives.

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The E-Book Revolution?

The Consumer Electronics Association estimates that about 538,000 e-readers were shipped in 2008, representing 235 percent growth in the market from 2007. While this week’s unveiling of Amazon’s Kindle 2 makes the device the hot item in e-readers, the Kindle’s hardly alone in the expanding market for e-reading devices and applications. saved you the trouble of rounding them all up by taking a long look at what’s out there.

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