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New “normal” evolving for publishers globally

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“Confinement is transforming the book discovery habits of thousands of readers, as well as their purchase and consumption on screens.”

Read the whole article here.

Written by Larry S. Bonura

15 April 2020 at 18:08

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Public Libraries Reach Record-High eBook & Audiobook Usage in 2019

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CLEVELAND, Jan. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Due to their creative efforts in curation, managing multiple lending models and engaging patrons, librarians helped drive public library circulation of digital books to record highs in 2019. Libraries and schools around the world enabled their patrons and students to check out 326 million eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines in the past 12 months, a 20% increase over the previous year. Publishers and authors benefited from the library’s role as valued discovery channel which resulted in record library sales of digital titles across all genres for all audiences. This data was reported by Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for over 43,000 libraries and schools worldwide.

A record 73 public library systems in five countries loaned over 1 million digital books to readers in 2019. Achieving this unprecedented level of reader engagement: 45 city or county library systems and 28 regional or state consortiums. Eight libraries reached this million book milestone for the first time.

Notable digital libraries for 2019 include Toronto Public Library (the number one library in the world with 6.6 million digital book loans, an all-time high for any library), Los Angeles Public Library (the number one US library for the first time with 5.9 million) and the National Library Board of Singapore (the top digital library outside North America with 4.2 million). The fastest growing US digital library in the OverDrive global network was Sonoma County Library (CA), which saw their collection usage increase 214% in part by consolidating eBooks from other platforms. The Berlin Library (Germany) was one of the fastest growing outside of the US (+184%) due to increased investment in an expanding catalog of English, German and other world language content.

2019 digital book lending records from the OverDrive global network

  • Total digital checkouts from libraries and schools: 326 million (+20% over 2018)\
  • eBooks borrowed: 211 million (+15%)
  • Audiobooks borrowed: 114 million (+30%, outpacing eBooks for the 6th straight year)
  • Ebook and audiobook holds/wait listed: 129 million (+21%)
  • Children/YA genre checkouts: 59 million (+27%)
  • 73 public library systems around the world (+12%) with over 1 million digital book checkouts, including 22 over 2 million checkouts, five over 3 million, four over 4 million, five over 5 million and one over 6 million
  • New public library (digital) users: 5 million (+12%)

Most popular eBooks borrowed from libraries in 2019

Most popular audiobooks borrowed from libraries in 2019

Top digital books borrowed from libraries by genre

Key factors and tools that libraries and schools used to drive digital growth in 2019

  • Libby. Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from the library, was named one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s and one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019.
  • Apple CarPlay. Libby’s compatibility with CarPlay allows readers to listen to audiobooks from the public library by connecting their iPhone to their vehicle’s sound system.
  • Library+School Sharing. Libraries and schools are partnering to provide easy and safe access to the library’s digital collection using Sora, the student reading app for schools. Sora achieved record student usage and ended the year as one of TIME’s 100 Best Inventions of 2019.
  • Lucky Day. Libraries can now serve more patrons faster with their OverDrive digital collection by designating copies of high-demand, waitlisted titles as immediately available.
  • Digital book club. Along with OverDrive’s global digital book club and dozens of local clubs, the company supported the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform Book Pick by connecting readers across the US with a featured eBook through their public libraries.
  • Instant Digital Card. Readers can sign up for a library card and begin borrowing digital content from their local library in under 30 seconds — all from their mobile device.
  • New content. Access to hundreds of new publishers in 2019 with notables including Marvel and Pokémon now available to libraries and schools through OverDrive’s catalog. Scholastic eBooks are also now offered to schools for the first time.

To find a public library near you, visit Rakuten OverDrive or install the Libby app (iOS, Android, Windows).

About Rakuten OverDrive

OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s, the award-winning Libby is the “one-tap reading app” for libraries. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 43,000 libraries and schools in 76 countries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten.

David Burleigh
Director of Brand Marketing & Communication
SOURCE: Rakuten OverDrive

2018 New Mexico Press Women Conference

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“Telling Truths Boldly: Harnessing the Narrative Drive”

April 27-28, 2018

The Lodge at Santa Fe

The Lodge at Santa Fe
$89 group rate before taxes – cutoff for special rate is March 28, 2018
750 N. Saint Francis Drive, Santa Fe NM 87501

To reserve a room, call 505-992-5858 and ask for the “Northern Chapter of NM Press Women” special rate (or group code B03417). Or reserve your room online at the group rate.


Friday, April 27
3:30 – 5:00 pm   NMPW Board Meeting
5:00 – 7:00 pm   Join us at the Lodge’s Hilltop Bar & Grille for no host Happy Hour with a pasta or taco bar
7:00 – 8:00 pm   “Writing Secrets from a Best Selling Author”–Sherri Burr interviews author Hampton Sides (Blood & Thunder and other bestsellers)

Saturday, April 28
Breakfast on your own
8:30 am   Welcome by NMPW President Loretta Hall
8:35 – 9:35 am   Morning Keynote: Sara Solovitch, editor of Searchlight New Mexico
9:45 – 10:45 am   “Creating Narratives”
* Inez Russell Gomez of the Santa Fe New Mexican will moderate
* DACA Dreamer Cindy Nava, who writes for the Huffington Post
* Playwright Karen Jones Meadows whose play about Harriet Tubman has been performed throughout the country
10:55 – 11:55 am   “Revisioning a Local Story for a National Market”
12:00 – 1:30 pm   Zia Book Award Lunch
1:45 – 2:30 pm   NMPW Annual Meeting
2:45 – 4:15 pm   “Telling your Truth: Memoir Writing” Workshop with Lauren Camp
5:00 – 6:00 pm   Reception and Silent Auction
6:00 – 9:00 pm   Awards Banquet with Keynote Speaker Caroline Fraser, author of Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Conference Registration Fees
**Full conference, NMPW member (all events  Friday and Saturday): $125.
**Full conference, Nonmember (all events & meals Friday and Saturday): $160.
NMPW membership (optional, allows registration at member rate): $15.00
Friday evening interview only: $10.00
Writing Workshop only: $25.00
Zia Award Lunch only: $40.00
Awards Banquet only: $75.00

Register Online Here
Download Conference Registration Form and mail it in

Final registration deadline is April 12, 2018

Written by Larry S. Bonura

22 February 2018 at 03:28

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Digital Public Library of America Search Widget

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In my last post, I told you about the Digital Public Library of America as a great tool for doing historical and other research.

Today, I’d like to tell you about a Search Widget that you can add to your website or WordPress site to have your readers search the DPLA right from your site.

Dean Farrell and Josh Wilson created the Search Widget, which allows you to easily install a DPLA search box on your website or WordPress installation. It enables anyone to search DPLA from the widget. Give it a try and then follow the instructions below to install it on your personal site or WordPress.

The Code

DPLA Search Widget Code 1

Adding the DPLA Search Widget to your website

  1. Type the green meta and script tags text from the above graphic into your web page. Make sure you type the text after the head but before the /head tag.
  2. Type the blue div tag text from the above graphic into the body portion of your web page where you want the search box to appear.
  3. Save your work.

Let the searching begin!

Adding the DPLA Search Widget to your WordPress site

Written by Larry S. Bonura

16 August 2017 at 03:39

Digital Public Library of America

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Digital Public Library of America Logo

One of our most cherished public entities is the library.  The current economic situation has taken the toll on our public libraries: reducing collection building, cutting hours of operation, and providing materials electronically.  Our libraries are places anyone can visit and use.  They offer learning for all.  They provide for personal and national growth.  They enable a diverse and better functioning society.  They are all for one, and one for all.

The Digital Public Library of America is not a place to visit in person; it lives on the web.  And it’s purpose is to maximize public access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge.

I recently became a Community Representative for the DPLA.  My duties include publicizing and reaching out to my local community to expound on the collection and help them build this national digital library.

The DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions. Our core work includes bringing new collections and partners into DPLA, building our technology, and managing projects that further our mission through curation, education, and community building.

The Digital Public Library of America is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Boston. It is a registered library in the state of Massachusetts. DPLA launched in April 2013 as the result of a multiyear grassroots planning initiative involving thousands of volunteers dedicated to the vision of building a national digital library for all.

Check it out today and join us on our journey!

Written by Larry S. Bonura

24 May 2017 at 21:57

eBooks in Our Reading Habits

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In the Global English Editing blog, author Brendan Brown writes about “Who Reads the Most? A Guide to Global Reading Habits,” with a wonderful infographic.  This short piece looks at how much we read, what we read, and where reading is taking place.  The biggest selling book in history is Don Quixote, a story that has captured the imagination of millions worldwide, including me. Although paper books have been selling well since the invention of the printing press, eBooks are growing in popularity and are projected to outsell paper books by 2018.

Here are the eBook statistics from this infographic:

ebooks reading habits

Written by Larry S. Bonura

17 May 2017 at 05:03

5 Mobile Friendly Medical Websites

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Mobile Medical AccessMedicine

This sites serves as a centralized location for many of the new and enhanced features of the McGraw-Hill Access online medical products. Some of the features include:

Federated Search—This organizes all the medical Access products you subscribe to into one federated collection, eliminating the need to search across multiple sites. Finding information from more than 180 titles, including Harrison’s Online, CMDT, Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery, Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine, Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, and more is easier and faster, giving you more time to dedicate to patients, research, or studies.
Greater Personalization—Access saved images, care plans, and Custom Curriculum assignments across all subscriptions using your My Access account.
Log In Remotely Using Just Your My Access Account—No VPNs or extra logins required.  Simply create a My Access account while logged in to your institutional subscription to access our content whenever and wherever you are.
Enhanced Custom Curriculum for Rotation Management—Custom Curriculum is now available across all sites. Sample curricula will allow for quick adaption to suit your faculty’s needs; further integration and customization options, such as being able to build a curriculum pulling from all your Access subscriptions, will ease rotation management and improve the learner experience.
Responsive Design for Mobile—The browser automatically adapts to the device being used, ensuring a great viewing experience no matter the device.


Mobile Medical AmericanEHR

AmericanEHR Partners is an online community of clinicians who use information technology to deliver care to Americans. Through education, social media, and collecting peer contributed data, American EHR organizes information to ease ideal decision-making. The site, developed by Cientis Technologies and the American College of Physicians, provides physicians, state and federal agencies, vendors, and funding organizations across the United States with the necessary tools to find, implement, and effectively use Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and other healthcare technologies.

Cientis Technologies is an international developer of web-based tools to aid clinicians and their medical practice teams in the choice, adoption, and use of Electronic Health Records systems and related healthcare technologies. The Cientis Technologies platform helps clinicians improve care and enhance efficiency through education on the effective use of health information technology.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists/physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 130,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents, and fellows.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Mobile Medical CDC

The CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To carry out it mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise. CDC’s role includes:
—Detecting and responding to new and emerging health threats
—Tackling the biggest health problems causing death and disability for Americans
—Putting science and advanced technology into action to prevent disease
—Promoting healthy and safe behaviors, communities and environment
—Developing leaders and training the public health workforce, including disease detectives
—Taking the health pulse of our nation


Mobile Medical DailyMed

DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs, and is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts). This site provides a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up, and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medication package inserts.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides DailyMed as a public service and does not accept advertisements. The drug labeling information on this site is the most recent submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and currently in use; it may include, for example, strengthened warnings undergoing FDA review or minor editorial changes.

The drug labeling on this site may not be the labeling on currently distributed products or identical to the labeling that is approved. Drugs marked “OTC monograph final” or “OTC monograph not final” are not checked for conformance to the monograph. Drugs marked “unapproved” on this Web site have not been reviewed by FDA for safety and efficacy and their labeling has not been approved.


Mobile Medical EHRIntelligence

Xtelligent Media publishes EHRIntelligence, which is an excellent online resource for the latest news and product information about EHRs, ICD-10, HIE, and other health IT-related issues facing ambulatory and acute care facilities.

More than 40,000 health IT pros, physicians, hospital and small practice staff rely on EHRIntelligence to stay up-to-date on the ever-changing EHR landscape. With the wealth of information out there, the site tries to cut thru the clutter to deliver the most valuable and important news and information around EHR.

Ubiquitous UAVs, or Where are the Drones? They are Everywhere!

I’ve always been intrigued with the use of drones. My family has many fans of remote-controlled vehicles of all types. I tried my hand at flying these devices, but it usually ended in a crash. So, I was told to watch, and let someone do the flying. No problem, I said. I’ll do what I do best: seek out information about those flying machines to share with others.

In reading through the various media over the past few weeks, here is a sampling of what’s going on in the drone world:

Ginger Hill reports in Security Today (10 Dec) that small towns in Colorado are not taking kindly to the FAA allowing drones to fly in domestic space, mainly because the residents consider it an invasion of their privacy. Read her story on Deer Trail’s decision to postpone a vote on drone hunting, à la Deer Park back in July.

In the 8 Dec Boston Globe, Mary Cummings, director of the MIT Humans and Automation Laboratory, writes that the United States needs “to join the aviation revolution” and let those drones find their way into commercial settings, as they do in Japan, Britain, and South Africa. She writes, “Recently the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International estimated that the United States is losing $10 billion a year by not having access to the national airspace.”

The New South Wales (Australia) Department of Primary Industries is working with “university experts” to explore the use of drones to scan its shores for sharks to protect bathers, according to The Sydney Morning Herald on 11 Dec. Nicole Hasham writes, “The cost of specifically built vehicles with surveillance and search-and-rescue capabilities ranges from $130,000 to more than $2 million.” The report also said pilots would need to travel from beach to beach to use the equipment, which must stay in a line of sight with the operator. Surf Life Saving Australia is conducting a drone trial at North Stradbroke Island.

The U.S. Navy demonstrated its ability to launch surveillance UAVs stealthily from submerged submarines, according to Military & Aerospace Electronics (6 Dec). John Keller writes, “The Naval Research Laboratory says it has demonstrated the launch of an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the fast attack submarine USS Providence (SSN 719) while the submarine was underwater.” The Providence is one of the smallest submarines in the U.S. subsurface forces.

Dan Goodin writes in Ars Technica (3 Dec) about a flying hacker contraption that hunts other drones and turns them into zombies. Serial hacker Samy Kamkar has released all the hardware and software specifications that hobbyists need to build an aerial drone, dubbed SkyJack, that seeks out other drones in the air, hacks them, and turns them into a conscripted army of unmanned vehicles under the attacker’s control.

A large, classified unmanned aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman is now flying, claims Amy Butler in Aviation Week & Space Technology (6 Dec). The RQ-180 demonstrates a major advance in combining stealth and aerodynamic efficiency. Defense and intelligence officials, she writes, say the secret unmanned aircraft, designed for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, is scheduled to enter production for the U.S. Air Force and could be working by 2015. The RQ-180 carries radio-frequency sensors such as active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, and passive electronic surveillance measures, according to one defense official. It could also be capable of electronic attack missions.

In November, the FAA released its “thin privacy guidelines” for the first domestic drone “test sites,” which will allow commercial unmanned aerial systems to start flying over US airspace in 2015. April Glaser and Jennifer Lynch write in the Electronic Frontier Foundation (10 Dec) that “The final privacy rules (PDF) are for the six drone test sites that the agency will use to evaluate how drones will be integrated into domestic air traffic.” These new privacy requirements, issued just days after Senator Markey (D-MA) introduced a bill, the Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act (PDF), are intended to codify essential privacy and transparency requirements within the FAA’s regulatory framework for domestic drones and drone test sites.

The Professional Society of Drone Journalist (PSJD) announces the opening of its website—Drone Journalism. Established in 2011, PSJD is the first international organization dedicated to establishing the ethical, educational, and technological framework for the emerging field of drone journalism. The site authors write, “We develop small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for journalists, and explore best practices to deploy them for a variety of reporting needs, including investigative, disaster, weather, sports, and environmental journalism.”

Enjoy the reading…and watch out, the drones are coming. Make that, the drones are here, and coming on stronger.

How Mobile Consumers Use Their Devices Around the Globe

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Back in February, Nielsen issued a report on how mobile consumers connect around the globe. The report examined mobile consumer behavior, device preference, and usage in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, the U.K., and the U.S. Here are some findings from the report.

What type of devices do we use?


What device type do we use?


 Nielsen_Legend  Nielsen_Smartphone Device preference is evolving, as smartphone penetration continues to grow in most markets, especially in developed markets with widespread 3G/4G access.

In the U.S. and South Korea, for example, smartphone owners now make up the majority of mobile consumers. And in many markets this increased penetration is being led by a new generation of young adults eager to embrace smartphone technology.

Comparatively, in growing economies like India and Turkey, a growing group of mobile phone users prefer feature phones over other device options (80% and 61%, respectively).


Which apps do we use?’


Which apps do we use?


 Nielsen_Legend  Nielsen_GamesNielsen_Social_Networking Nielsen_Video_MoviesNielsen_NewsNielsen_MapsNielsen_WeatherNielsen_BankingNielsen_ShoppingNielsen_Productivity Smartphone owners tend to gravitate toward games and social networks, though the level of activity varies depending on the market.

For example, smartphone owners in the U.S. were most likely to watch video and use maps/navigation apps, while Chinese users were more likely to access news and weather updates via their mobile apps.

More than half of smartphone users in South Korea regularly use their devices for mobile banking, compared with 22% in Italy.

Source: The Nielsen Company Newswire

Mobile Devices Are “Go-To” Sources for News

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A study by Mojiva reveals mobile devices have become a ‘go-to’ source for news: nearly 25% of United States respondents and 20% of United Kingdom respondents receive primary news updates via their smartphone or tablet device

The report, “The State of Mobile News Consumption,” looks at how smartphone and tablet users access news through their mobile devices and examined their receptiveness as it relates to mobile advertising.

“People who read the news aren’t necessarily giving up one platform in favor of a different or newer platform, but are instead morphing into ‘multi-platform’ consumers for different news ‘experiences’,” said Amy Vale, VP, Global Research and Strategic Communications of Mojiva, Inc.

“Reading the news in print, or even online, is a much more immersive experience given the nature of the screen size, whereas reading news on a mobile device gives consumers up-to-the-minute information on breaking news the second it becomes available, wherever they may be.”

The Mojiva report supports industry research that indicates the rise in mobile news consumption isn’t limited to the United States. In fact, the United Kingdom has the highest percentage of frequent mobile news users at 46.8%, and is the EU5 country (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) with the highest smartphone-based news consumption.

The major findings of the report include:

  • 24% of U.S. respondents get their primary news updates from their smartphone or tablet, compared to 20% of U.K. smartphone respondents.
  • 30% of U.S. smartphone respondents learn about breaking news stories via text alerts or notifications on their smartphones and tablets, while only 25% are loyal to TV as their primary breaking news outlet. In the U.K., 29% leverage TV as a top source for breaking news, compared to just 20% being notified of breaking news via text alerts and notifications on their smartphones and tablets.
  • U.S. tablet users (70%) check news updates from two or more news sites or apps more frequently than U.S. smartphone users (61%). Although not as high, 52% of U.K. smartphone owners check two or more news sites or apps from their devices daily.
  • In the U.S., 15% of tablet owners and 8% of smartphone owners read news content on their devices simultaneously while watching TV. Similarly, 8% of U.K. smartphone owners read news on their devices while watching TV in the evenings.
  • 67% of U.S. smartphone owners, 54% of U.S. tablet owners and 65% of U.K. smartphone owners will pay more attention to mobile ads if the content is relevant to the actual news story they are reading or watching on their mobile device.
  • The top three factors for mobile advertising receptiveness within mobile news sites or apps in the U.S. are:
    • Personalization/relevance (25%)
    • Humor/entertainment (19%)
    • Interesting content and information (15%)
  • The top three factors for mobile advertising receptiveness in the U.K. are:
    • Personalization/relevance (24%)
    • Humor/entertainment (20%)
    • A minimal presence of fewer ads overall (16%).
  • The majority of U.S. (65%) and U.K. (69%) smartphone respondents, as well as the majority of U.S. tablet respondents (59%), would not pay for a subscription to access their favorite news source from their smartphone or tablet.

The U.S. studies were fielded from 26 Sep–27 Sep 2012 and targeted U.S. smartphone owners and tablet owners. Each U.S. study garnered 1,000 completes from a random sample. The U.K. study was fielded from 26 Sep–3 Oct 2012, targeted U.K. smartphone owners only, and garnered 1,000 completes from a random sample.