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Old 01-14-2010, 01:58 PM   #1
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NetLibrary adds support for Sony Readers, Nook, Cool-ER

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"A greater variety of electronic readers available to consumers creates a tremendous opportunity for libraries," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. "By offering popular downloadable eContent that can be read on portable devices such as the nook and the Daily Edition, libraries can quickly adapt to market conditions and meet the changing needs of their users."

OCLC NetLibrary, the leading provider of eContent solutions for libraries, currently offers more than 140,000 PDF titles that are compatible with the Barnes & Noble nook, Sony's Daily Edition and other devices including all four Sony Digital Readers (PRS-300, 505, 600 and 700BC), as well as the COOL-ER. Titles available in the NetLibrary catalog include current bestsellers, award-winners and timeless classics, and cover subject categories ranging from fiction to business to personal growth and more.

OCLC NetLibrary uses the Adobe Content Server to provide offline eReader capability to library users. Adobe Content Server is integrated with the OCLC NetLibrary platform to offer users seamless offline access to the library's existing NetLibrary collections, providing library users a single point of access to eBook content for online and offline use. Users who have established a NetLibrary account can log in, download selected titles to their computers, and transfer them to supported devices using Adobe Digital Editions.
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:25 PM   #2
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Netlibrary competes with OverDrive in enabling libraries to lend ebooks and audiobooks, but I can't find a search tool to compare their ebook selection with that of OverDrive (http://search.overdrive.com/). Some libraries seem to have partnered with both.


Based on web discussions (here and here) it appears OD offers more popular material. Has anyone here checked out NetLibrary ebooks?
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:08 PM   #3
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My library has both and you are right that OD has more popular and recent material. The only things I have checked out from NetLibrary are classics (read online with their reader) that I probably could have found free elsewhere and audio books. Their audiobook selection (at my library) is pretty inadequate and hard to use as an entire book will be on one file. My cheap mp3 player works better when the book is broken up into files for each chapter. My previous cheap mp3 player couldn't even hold an entire book due to file size constraints. The final reason I rarely use NetLibrary is that their search engine is pretty useless and unfriendly.

I had been using NetLibrary to read one author not previously in my library's OD selection but recently they have been added to OD and hopefully I'll not longer need NetLibrary. I do not know if the reason for the differences in selection are due to my library's purchasing habits or just a difference in what is available at NetLibrary. I have recently moved to another region with a different library system and they only have NetLibrary. Their selection is also not very good (nearly the same as my previous library's). I will continue to use my previous library's subscription to OD as long as possible.
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:45 PM   #4
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This definately one area where Sony, B&N, and everybody else has a huge advantage over Amazon's Kindles.
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more on oclc here:

http://www.oclc.org/ebooks/Go_portable/
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