Digital Library Digest: March 2, 2012

Posted by Ben Naddaff-Hafrey on March 2, 2012 in Digital Library Digest.

Join us today at 3pm in the Ames Courtroom in Austin Hall for the “Building the Digital Public Library of America” event.

OverDrive gets digital distribution rights to ‘Potter’.
Pottermore, the online experience and home of the Harry Potter eBooks created by J.K. Rowling and partnered by Sony, announced today it has entered into an exclusive worldwide eBook and digital audiobook distribution agreement with OverDrive for public and school libraries. Under the terms of the agreement, OverDrive, a leading global distributor of eBooks and digital audiobooks, will manage hosting and digital fulfillment for libraries for the Harry Potter collection of eBooks and digital audiobooks in English and more than 20 other languages to OverDrive’s growing network of over 18,000 public and school libraries worldwide.”
From Paul Biba’s TeleRead article, “Harry Potter eBooks to be distributed to Public and School Libraries through OverDrive”

Library-as-publisher model becoming a reality in Escondido.
“The other day I wrote a post describing a two-part plan for a publishing platform for public libraries, and two days later I discovered that much of what I described has been prototyped in Escondido CA in a project called LibraryYOU.  This is worth paying attention to.  LibraryYOU is the first iteration of something very important for public libraries. This project is the work ofDonna Feddern, Digital Services Manager of Escondido Public Library, who I was fortunate to catch up to on the phone today. She agreed to answer a few questions about LibraryYOU for the PLA Blog.”
From Nate Hill’s post on the PLA blog, “LibraryYOU: A take community publishing at Escondido Public Library”

Darnton discusses library digitization at Dartmouth.
“Cultural historian Robert Darnton, Harvard University librarian and professor, visited campus this week to deliver a “Leading Voices in Higher Education” lecture about efforts to create the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a project to make the country’s research libraries available, free of charge, over the Internet. The Leading Voices series is part of the College’s ongoing strategic planning process.”
From the post on Dartmouth’s blog, “Cultural Historian Robert Darnton on Digitizing Dartmouth’s Treasures”

Penguin reports growing eBook revenues.
Pearson has reported a 72% surge in pre-tax profits to £1.15bn for 2011, with ebook sales at Penguin more than doubling and profits at FT Group, home to the Financial Times, up by about a quarter.”
Via INFOdocket

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