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OverDrive Expands With Japanese Partner

overdrive304Digital book distributor OverDrive has partnered with Japanese publisher aggregator MediaDo to bring more Japanese content to public libraries and school libraries worldwide. MediaDo has already gotten the right to distribute about 9,000 Japanese eBooks through OverDrive’s global network.

The partnership will bring manga and Japanese adult fiction titles to the OverDrive network. In addition, OverDrive’s 1 million+ eBook ad audiobook catalog and digital distribution platform will now be available in Japanese libraries and schools.

“We are honored to join MediaDo in forming OverDrive Japan,” explained Steve Potash, OverDrive’s CEO, in a statement. “Japanese content has proven popular throughout the world, and we are delighted to lead the world in making it available to libraries and schools around the world, initially in the Japanese language and ultimately in English and other languages via translation.”

Oyster Now Counts 500k Books in Subscription Collection

oysterperseusOyster, the eBook subscription service that has been referred to as “the Netflix of eBooks,” now has 500,000 eBooks in its lending library.

New titles include: How Music Works by David ByrneFlight Behavior by Barbara KingsolverTelegraph Avenue by Michael ChabonThe Cider House Rules by John Irving and It Chooses You by Miranda July.

This is huge growth for the company’s catalog which counted only about 100,000 titles a few months back. The company raised $14 million in funding back in January and has since been expanding its publisher partnerships. The service launched kids books in February.

The service allows users access to its entire collection of books for a $9.95 a month subscription fee.

Kiera Cass to Pen a ‘Selection’ Prequel Novella

PrintKiera Cass has concluded The Selection trilogy with the final installment, The One. Two days after the release, Cass revealed on her website that she will be working on a prequel Selection project.

The Queen novella follows Prince Maxon’s mother, Amberly, as she competes in her own ‘Selection’ contest. HarperTeen Impulse has not announced a publication date.

In the past, Cass has written two Selection novellasThe Prince and The Guard. Earlier this year, the publisher released a print book called The Selection Stories which contains both novellas and a 3-chapter excerpt from The One.

The Navy to Give Preloaded eReaders to Sailors

nerdThe Navy General Library Program (NGLP) is making eBooks available to sailors through a new partnership with digital book delivery service Findaway World.

The company is allowing the Navy to preload eReaders with books and lend the devices to sailors. The devices are nicknamed “NeRD” and come preloaded with 300 titles. were developed as part of the Navy’s Morale Welfare and Recreation program. The catalog includes eBooks in various genres including bestsellers, classics, professional development and entertainment, all chosen by the Navy.

“Navy Installations Command is constantly seeking to provide our proud Sailors around the world with new tools and resources that can enrich their lives,” explained Nellie Moffitt, Navy General Library program manager in a statement. “NeRD addresses this goal head-on, with a library of digital titles in a convenient and secure package that circumvents longstanding NGLP challenges in content storage.”

Make a Soundtrack to Your Book Using Booktrack

booktrackWant to add music to your eBook? Check out Booktrack, a tool designed for self-published writers and publishers to add soundtracks to their eBooks.

The tool lets you upload a book or write one within their platform. Then you can add music, ambient sounds and effects from Booktrack’s library of free sounds. The collection includes thousands of prerecorded tracks that you can use to layer into your text. You can decide when the track plays for a reader to help set the mood. For example, perhaps Chapter 2 needs to start with the sound of crashing waves as the reader loads the page.

If you’d like to test it out without having to first upload your work, you can play around with public domain texts that are readily available through the platform. Follow this link to see a video for the platform.

 

‘For Dummies’ Books Now Available Through Scribd

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Scribd has partnered with Wiley to bring the entire catalog of Wiley’s “For Dummies” books to its eBook subscription service.

Scribd subscribers can now access more than 1,000 “For Dummies” eBooks through the platform. Scribd currently has more than 80 million subscribers to its eBook subscription service. The platform lets customers read an unlimited amount of books for an $8.99 monthly subscription fee.

“Subscription e-books are a perfect fit for educational and instructional books. When learning a skill or teaching yourself something new, what could be more convenient than having all the information you need, right in your pocket?” explained Trip Adler, CEO and co-founder of Scribd, in a statement.  “Scribd provides a great value by giving readers unlimited access to the most popular titles for one monthly price. The prospect of what this means for our readers is incredibly exciting.”

To Kill a Mockingbird Will Be Published as an eBook

5737Harper Lee has come around on eBooks, and will finally allow To Kill a Mockingbird to be published digitally.

“I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation,” she explained in a statement. Harper Collins will be publish the eBook on July 8th.

The news comes a year after Lee sued her literary agent for alleging that he received undeserved royalties from her book. The suit was settled in September. (Via The Guardian).

European Library Bureau Campaigns For eBooks in Libraries

eblidaThe European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) has launched a campaign to push European libraries into providing access to eBooks.

The “Right to E-read” campaign is dedicated to raising awareness about the challenges involved in getting eBooks in libraries in the EU. Check it out: “The campaign, initiated by EBLIDA, is being carried out in all European countries. The idea for a campaign poster with a logo and slogans was developed by the e-books task force headed  by Gerald Leitner. At the European level, EBLIDA is coordinating the campaign. EBLIDA provides information and material for its members for download and use.”

Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association (ALA) congratulated EBLIDA for the campaign. “We understand that many libraries in European countries have faced challenges in obtaining and lending best-selling ebooks from major book publishers,” she stated. “In fact, surveys suggest that more than 50 percent of the latest ebook titles are not available to public libraries in Europe. Today, we applaud EBLIDA for demanding that the European Commission change copyright law to require publishers to sell to libraries.”

 

Samsung & Amazon Team on New eBook Club

samsungkindleSamsung has partnered with Amazon on a new Kindle app for its line of Galaxy devices. Like other Kindle apps, Kindle for Samsung, allows users to purchase and read eBooks and periodicals from Amazon.

In addition, the two companies have launched a free book service called Samsung Book Deals, which is only accessible through the app.

Samsung customers that download the app can choose one free eBook a month from Amazon for a year with their Samsung account.

Oxford University Press is Making Online Products Free During National Library Week

oxforduniversitypressOxford University Press is making its online products free next week in honor of National Library Week in the United States. The open access will run from  April 13th to April 19th.

Check it out: “OUP is freeing up all of our online products* for the week! Libraries are a vital part of many communities, whether it is a school, a town/city, the government, a corporation, or a hospital, and we have freed up this unprecedented amount of content to show our appreciation for these libraries.”

To access the content, readers aren’t required to sign up. Users can simply enter the username “libraryweek” and password “libraryweek” in order to check out the content.

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