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The slow rise of ebooks (by the numbers)

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The Library took note in May 2011 when Amazon.com announced that its customers were purchasing “more Kindle books than all print books – hardcover and paperback – combined.” Though we’re certainly not yet debating the idea of a bookless library at Middlebury, some number crunching over a 14 month time period seems to show that Middlebury faculty, students, and librarians are beginning to favor ebooks over print too:

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A 14 Month Snapshot of Library Requests (Sept. 1, 2011-Nov. 1, 2012)

1,339 faculty, students, & librarians requested books

Overall 35% preferred a print book

Overall 65% preferred an ebook

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Of the 211 students requests 45% preferred a print book and 55% preferred ebooks

Of the 432 librarian requests 33% preferred a print book and 67% preferred ebooks 

Out of 696 faculty requests 34% preferred a print book and 66% preferred ebooks

Ebooks for Kindle Fire, Android, iOS

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New versions of OverDrive app for Android and iOS (iPhone/ iPad/ iPod touch).

What’s Overdrive? It’s Middlebury’s ebook and audiobook collection of prize-winning fiction, non-fiction, and popular reading…(go/Overdrive).
If you already have the app installed, you’ll see an “update” prompt the next time you open it. Otherwise, download the updated apps here:

New Library acquisitions for the Sciences

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Annual Reviews
Access to 37 Annual Reviews volumes within the biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences. From its inception in 1932 to the current year.

Birds of North America Online
From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BNA Online provides life histories for each of the 716+ species of birds breeding in the USA (including Hawaii) and Canada along with image and video galleries showing plumages, behaviors, habitat, nests and eggs, and recordings of songs and calls.

Cold Spring Harbor Protocols (2006 – current)
An interdisciplinary journal providing a definitive source of research methods in cell, developmental and molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, protein science, computational biology, immunology, neuroscience and imaging.

Fertility and Sterility (1997 – current)
Articles in clinical and laboratory research relevant to reproductive endocrinology, urology, andrology, physiology, immunology, genetics, contraception, and menopause.

JSTOR Life Sciences Collection (go/jstor)
Four hundred years (1665-2007) of published journals of science history and research in the sciences including aquatic science, botany, developmental & cell biology, ecology, paleontology, zoology, medicine, nursing, epidemiology, and public health.

SpringerLink (go/springer)
Over 2,000 journals and 53,000 ebooks in the fields of science, technology, and medicine.

 

Visit our New & Trial Resources page to find these and other newly added items. 

Download library ebooks to the Kindle Fire

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In addition to the iPad, iPhone, Android devices, and Nook, tens of thousands of our ebooks can be downloaded directly to the Kindle Fire with the free Bluefire app.

Here are the steps:

  1. With the Bluefire app on your Kindle Fire, access our ebooks at go/ebooks.
  2. If you don’t have the Blurefire app installed, our ebook site automatically links to Bluefire instructions for download.
  3. Once the Bluefire app is installed and authorized, click ‘download’ and your ebook will download and open.
  4. You can also transfer downloaded content from your PC or Mac to your Kindle with Adobe Digital Editions.
  5. We’ve got step-by-step directions on downloading ebooks to your desktop here. Or, if you’d rather not download, you can read ebooks online through the Kindle browser.

Enjoy, and look out for LIS’s very own Kindle Fires, available at a library circulation desk near you. (Sometime this summer we hope.)

e-libro: full-text en Español {trial access through April 12}

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We now have trial access to over 45,000 Spanish language books, research papers, and doctoral thesis, all in full-text, via e-libro. Access e-libro here or visit our New & Trials page for a list of additional library resources.

The trial runs through April 12th. Please send comments to Rebekah Irwin (rirwin@middlebury.edu) or your library liaison.

E-Textbook presentation

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This is a long powerpoint presentation but worth skimming. Digital Textbooks: A Perfect Storm For Higher Learning.  Sounds like it’s only a matter of time before e-textbooks are the norm.

P.S. notice the live traffic feed box on the right side of this page (I haven’t noticed such before).

Trial access to Arabic ebooks

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Through February 27, 2012, Middlebury College has trial access to the Kotobarabia Modern Arab Renaissance Collection, an electronic archive of books published between 1820-1914 from Egypt, Syria and the Islamic World. With over 2,500 titles, this collection covers humanistic, intellectual and scientific fields.

Access the collection here or visit our New & Trial Resources page.