World eBook Fair

The World eBook Fair runs July 4-August 4, 2011.

The fair’s aim is to provide free public access for a month to some 6.5 million eBooks.

Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive are both contributing organizations.

Each will be presenting a number of items in other media during 2011 — such as music, movies, artwork, and dance choreography.

The available collections include reference books and scientific items, as well as approximately 50,000 music entries (on top of 12,000 that debuted last year).

All are welcome to join the World Public Library for an annual membership of US$8.95 per year.

Members can download from a selection of about 2 million PDF eBooks.

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See also: World eBook Fair – 6.5 million ebooks available through August 4th

Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

The State of eBooks and eReaders — May 2011 Report

A joint Poudre River Public, Front Range Community College, and Colorado State University libraries committee has released:

eBooks and eReaders in Public and Academic Libraries

(May 2011)

The purpose of the study was to gain a better understanding of this rapidly-developing topic as well as to make recommendations aimed at serving the customers of each library.

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Cross posted on Law Library Blog.

“Freeliterature” Portal to E-Book Sites

Freeliterature is a valuable portal to e-book sites, including not only collections of items in English — such as Project Gutenberg — but also in other languages from around the globe.

Categories of books/materials covered — see here — include, among other things:

  • Classical Greek & Latin – Medieval
  • Technical and Scientific
  • Audio Books
  • Art
  • Music
  • Research, Education and Scientific Publications

Freeliterature also invites participation — see here — in the proofreading of electronic texts in order to help make them available online.

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Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

HathiTrust & Serials Solutions Agreement to Enable Full-Text Search of Digitized Scholarly Books

HathiTrust, the collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries administered out of the University of Michigan, has agreed with Serials Solutions, a division of ProQuest that provides e-resource access and management services (ERAMS) to libraries, to enable full-text search of the entire HathiTrust collection of digitized scholarly books (reportedly made up of more than 8.4 million total volumes) from the Serials Solutions Summon™ web-scale discovery service.

See: Serials Solutions to Enable Full-Text Search of the HathiTrust Collection from the Summon Service

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Group of Libraries Launch eBook Lending Program

The Internet Archive and a group of 150 libraries have recently announced development of a collection of over 80,000 eBooks (of mostly 20th century titles) that will extend traditional library lending.

Please see:

In-Library eBook Lending Program Launched

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Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

U.S. Goverment Printing Office & Library of Congress to Digitize Historic Documents

After receiving approval from the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP) of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and Library of Congress (LoC) will be working together on a project to digitize certain important legal and legislative documents of the United States. The project will cover public laws and private laws, as well as proposed constitutional amendments passed by Congress, as published in the official U.S. Statutes at Large from 1951-2002. In addition, the GPO and LoC will be digitizing official debates of Congress from the permanent volumes of the Congressional Record from 1873-1998.  These materials will be authenticated and accessible by the public on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) and the LoC’s THOMAS legislative information system.

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Cross posted on Law Library Blog.

New Online News Aggregator “Ongo”

A new, for-pay Web resource called Ongo has launched.

Ongo seeks to aggregate/curate items from many different news outlets, including:

  1. The Washington Post
  2. Associated Press
  3. The New York Times
  4. The Boston Globe
  5. USA Today
  6. The Guardian
  7. The Indianapolis Star
  8. The Miami Herald
  9. The Detroit Free Press

Basic monthly service costs $6.99.

A free, one-day pass is available, as is a free month of service.

There is a tutorial video showing how Ongo works here.

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Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.

Milestone for Open Bibliographic Data: British Library Releases 3 Million Records

Following up on some earlier United Kingdom (UK)-related posts here  — Digital Britain — UK Government’s Strategic Vision (June 18, 2009) and British Library Warning as to Potential for Loss of United Kingdom’s Online/Web Heritage (February 25, 2010) — according to the Open Knowledge Foundation — the British Library is at a watershed in terms of open access (OA) bibliographic data:

Milestone for Open Bibliographic Data: British Library Release 3 Million Records

This is apparently the first substantial corpus of bibliographic data to be released in an open form by a national library.

The data — i.e., the entire British National Bibliography — is reportedly also available in searchable form at Bibliographica.

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