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Macmillan offers complete backlist to ebook lending libraries
October 18, 2013 | 2:13 pm

ebook lending librariesMacmillan is putting its backlist in ebook lending libraries. The big publishing house confirmed to Publishers Weekly that more than 11,000 titles will be available through OverDrive, 3M and Baker & Taylor. Frontlist titles are not currently available. Alison Lazarus, president of Macmillan’s sales division, told PW, it was done as part of the publisher’s “ongoing evaluation of e-lending.” Macmillan had made a small group of titles available for e-lending less than a year ago with Minotaur Books imprint, a pilot program for lending e-books. According to PW, there are no reported changes to Macmillan’s model. E-book titles have two years or are borrowed 52 times...

Morning Links: Next time, I’ll self-publish
April 12, 2013 | 9:22 am

Morning LinksAdult Hardcover Revenues Down Nearly 7% in 2012 (GalleyCat) Next Time, I'll Self-Publish (The Indie Reader) Add Content From Other Services to your Kobo Library (Kobo Books) 3M Cloud Library Unveils Better Tools, More Titles (Digital Book World) Kindle Daily Deals: The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau (and 3 others)    ...

Penguin to Stop Windowing Library Books (Bonus: Cool workaround for Penguin library books)
March 28, 2013 | 12:05 pm

You may have already seen that Penguin is going to stop the windowing of library book titles. That's a good thing, and I applaud the decision. I'd be more excited if my library was part of the 3M system, and if Penguin wasn't having books "expire" and require a repurchase every year, but some library books is better than none, I guess. What's going to be interesting to watch is how the merger of Random and Penguin handle library books. Right now the two companies have completely different policies and pricing, and Random House is in Overdrive, where Penguin isn't. We'll keep...

Morning Links — FAA Facing More Pressure on Device Usage
January 4, 2013 | 9:07 am

FAA Facing More Pressure to Change Rules on Electronic Device Usage (Techdirt) Authors Benefit from Teamwork on Promotion (Good E-Reader) The Guardian Reveals an Important Truth About Article Comments (Scholarly Kitchen) OverDrive, 3M Kick Off 2013 With Promising eBook Developments (The Digital Shift) Kindle Daily Deals: The Devil's Waters by David L. Robbins {and 3 others} * * *  ...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 13, 2012 | 9:16 am

15 Must-Have Collaboration Tools for Journalists (Media Shift) 3M Expands Collaboration with Penguin (Good E-Reader) The Kind of Journalism we Need is Changing but Can Journalists Make the Transition? (GigaOM) Digital Textbook Study Shows Interactive Features Were Used More than Embedded Videos (The Digital Reader) Kindle Daily Deal: Lit by Mary Karr {and} The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling * * * Follow us @TeleRead  Join us on Facebook...

3M launches library e-book and e-reader program
April 29, 2012 | 4:15 pm

0426_3m_660Is there room in the library e-book field for a competitor to Overdrive? Wired reports that tape and media manufacturer 3M thinks so, and is launching a library e-book lending initiative called the 3M Cloud Library with 40 publishers (including Random House, HarperCollins, Harlequin, and Wiley) and over 100,000 titles. (Last year we covered 3M’s investment in the txtr e-book company and its plans to create a library program.) The biggest difference to the Overdrive model is that it will also be producing its own e-ink e-reader devices that libraries can buy and lend out to patrons with the...

3M invests in Pixel Qi display manufacturer
September 13, 2011 | 2:50 am

3M is investing in Mary Lou Jepson’s Pixel Qi company, which produces dual-mode transreflective displays that can operate in LCD color or low-energy monochrome e-ink-like modes. Engadget has the press release and some commentary. So far, while the Pixel Qi displays have seemed fairly impressive in what they could do, they have not yet been produced in large numbers or used in any very successful hardware. The infusion of an undisclosed amount of cash by a major corp like 3M might just change that....

Txtr updates Android reading app
July 20, 2011 | 8:11 am

German ebook software company txtr has updated its Android app with several new features. Some, such as bookmark and note syncing, are familiar to users of the Kindle app, but the update surpasses Amazon's offering by including cloud storage for personal docs as well as purchased books. The company also offers a white label version that can be customised or branded by third parties, and claims to have the largest selection of German language titles in the German market. From the press release: Besides searching for books and browsing by genre, users can now discover books through channels, such as Featured Books...

3M working on its own ereader device for libraries
July 10, 2011 | 11:42 am

20110710-114609.jpgNext month, 3M's recent investment in German ebook device company txtr will bear fruit in a pilot program in Minneapolis. TwinCities.com reports that the library system there will test 3M's new cloud-based ebook library lending service using cloud-connected kiosks and custom ereader devices that users who don't own any hardware will be able to check out. Allowing library patrons to check out an actual e-reader does come with some security concerns. But the St. Paul libraries are comfortable with the risk. "Our biggest focus is giving access to people who can't afford them," said Sheree Savage, a spokeswoman for the St. Paul...

3M invests in Germany’s txtr
June 1, 2011 | 9:06 am

txtr abandoned e-reader prototype3M announced that it invested in Germany's txtr, via its 3M New Ventures and 3M Electro & Communications Business. Txtr is developing e-book stores and reading applications for iOS and Android. We do not know how much money 3M invested, but txtr's CEO Christophe Maire said that the investment was 'considerable'. txtr abandoned e-reader prototype Via E-Reader-info.com...