All Bets Are Off

2 July 2012 marked the 500th edition of The Daily News. Much has changed since the first edition on 21 January 2011 and this is the second in a series of brief posts to mark the occasion. The first post is here. The last 18 months was not just a period of significant change where mobile devices, apps,…

3 Things Your Kindle Can’t Do….But Other Ereaders Can

Once again New Zealand libraries are fighting to remain relevant, this time in the provision of ebooks. We’ve just celebrated the launch of two major ebook lending initiatives and now this has been overshadowed by the sale of Kindle ereaders in New Zealand stores. Paul Sutherland from Christchurch City Libraries provided a  succinct overview of the…

Ebook Providers in New Zealand: OverDrive and Wheelers

This article began life as a story about Tauranga City Libraries soon-to-be launched ebook service and upon doing some background research I realised that there was a larger story to tell. Hopefully you will find it as fascinating as I have. With ebook sales surging and library ebook lending becoming increasingly competitive around the globe,…

A Librarian And His Ebook

Michael Parry is the Digital Initiatives Coordinator at Victoria University of Wellington Library and has just published his first novel and ebook, The Spiral Tattoo. With ebook sales surging and library ebook lending becoming increasingly competitive, Michael seems to be in the middle of a very sweet spot. I interviewed Michael to learn more. Tell…