My apologies for delaying this post, but I was busy at work managing a major project and trying to ski for a few days.
IFLA is pleased to launch a new set of resources relating to eBooks and libraries. Providing access to eBooks is one of the most pressing issues facing libraries right now.
IFLA has previously issued a background paper on eLending during 2012, and is now building on this paper to launch a new official policy document ‘IFLA Principles for Library eLending’ which was endorsed by the Governing Board in February 2013.
EBSCO Publishing Releases New eBook Subscription Offering( EContent)
EBSCO started eBook Public Library Collection, which "includes over 25,000 general reference ebook titles in a variety of subjects and topics including social sciences, language, and literature and science and technology."
Google Pays Apple About $1 Billion to Remain Default Search Engine(Search Engine Watch )
According to experts, one third of Google traffic comes from iOS devices, including the iPhone and iPad, so we shouldn't be surprised by Google's generosity.
WSJ:Library Systems in Four NYC Boroughs Plan to Unify Some Tasks( INFOdocket)
NYPL( New York Public Library), and Brooklyn Public Library ( BPL) plan to consolidate operations in a joint book-processing center in Long Island City, Queens. Another initiative that is coming along is a a single library card for all three systems.
Microsoft Takes Outlook.com Out Of Preview, Starts Migrating Hotmail Users And Launches “Massive” New Marketing Campaign(TechCrunch)
Microsoft's massive campaign to replace Hotmail with Outlook is getting noticed by consumers.
Firefox 19 Launches With Built-In HTML5-Based PDF Viewer, Android Version Gets Themes And Now Works On More Devices( TechCrunch)
"It’s been a long time coming, but Firefox now finally features a built-in PDF viewer. Previously available in the Firefox betas, the HTML5-based PDF viewer has now made it into the stable release with the launch of Firefox 19 for Windows, Mac and Linux today. This new PDF viewer, which is the result of a research project named PDF.js, makes use of the standard HTML5 APIs to allow the browser to quickly render standard PDF files without the need for a plugin like Foxit Reader or Sumatra PDF."
EBSCO Publishing Introduces New eBook Subject Sets( Library Technology Guides)
EBSCO has created a 23 new eBook Subjects Sets, "prepackaged sets of titles from leading publishers in specific topic"
Leap Motion To Begin Shipping In May(ReadWriteWeb)
Want to control your PC with gestures, well all you need to do is wait till May, when "Leap Motion", the flash drive-sized controller that lets you manipulate your computer's with gestures, will begin shipping.