News and Announcements 12/30/11

New figures from Amazon’s Lending Library; digital collections in Oregon and Delaware; patent searching tool from IBM; holiday Kindle sales; and an annual GPO report on library services.

Amazon’s Lending Library Now Holds Over 66,000 Ebooks

Starting with  only 5000 titles in November, Amazon’s lending library “has grown exponentially… since then, with 66,037 titles  available” as of the end of December.   Admittedly the collections has enjoyed some of this growth because it includes “works from self-published authors.”   However, Amazon claims  “more than 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers” are included.

Oregon and Delaware Post Digital Collections With Agricultural Roots

“Oregon State University (OSU) is making over 6,000 documents that cover a century of agricultural research and homemaking advice available online. And in Delaware an initiative by the Delaware Public Archives (DPA) has resulted in the digitization of the entire glass negative collection of the state’s Board of Agriculture, a collection that comprises over 2,000 images of Delaware life in the 1920s and 1930s.”

IBM Releases Tool for New Kinds of Patent Searches

“A new analytical tool from IBM is helping scientists scan patents and other intellectual property for information about molecular data. The cloud -based strategic IP insight platform… housed in the IBM SmartCloud, processes documents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization, as well as the public domain documents in the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database.”

2011 is the Best Holiday Ever for Kindle

“, Inc. … announced that 2011 was the best holiday ever for the Kindle family as customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires and millions of Kindle e-readers. Authors also continue to benefit from the success of Kindle — the #1 and #4 best-selling Kindle books released in 2011 were both published independently by their authors using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)”.  However, as a post in notes, Amazon “inexplicably declined to release an actual sales number yet again…  We still don’t know exactly how many were sold and we don’t know the breakdown between sales of the Kindle e-readers and sales of the Kindle Fire…”

Government Info: GPO Releases Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) Annual Report

“The 4th annual Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) Year in Review has been released. It addresses topics such as the Digitization Projects Registry, Needs & Offers 2.0, the GPO Access transition to FDsys, the Cataloging Record Distribution Project, the PACER: Access and Education Program, the FDsys Training Initiative, and more.”

The full report can be found at: LSCM’s Past, Present, and Future of Keeping America Informed: FY2011 Year in Review,




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