1. The 3M Content Acquisition Tool (CAT) (launching in April) now provides featured book lists created by Heather McCormack (Former LJ Book Review Editor). Imagine “if you liked The Hunger Games, try these.” The CAT now offers a save search feature, multiple shopping carts, improved searching capabilities, and eISBN searching as well.

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    Sue Polanka (the fine mind behind the must-read librarian tech blog No Shelf Required) in her 2013 Midwinter ALA update about ebook vendors, including 3M. 

    This spring, I’m going to talk at length with Polanka about our super-powered, hyper-intuitive new selection tool, dubbed CAT. It will launch in April, and if you were able to attend Midwinter in Seattle, you likely saw a demo and jumped with glee (“Finally, a piece of library tech that helps, not hinders me!”). If you missed the show, no worries; we are offering web demos.

    Ping me if you want a sneak peek of a tool that will make all of our lives easier.

    (via cloudunbound)

    FYI!

  2. After an “upbeat and productive” meeting with leaders of the American Library Association on Tuesday, Random House reaffirmed its commitment to library lending of the company’s entire portfolio of ebook titles.

    At the same time, the company has announced that effective March 1 it is raising ebook prices that it charges library wholesalers such as OverDrive, 3M, and Ingram, which set the ultimate price libraries will pay to lease ebooks.

    — From LJ’s Digital Shift, Random House Reaffirms Commitment to Library Ebook Lending While Raising Prices to Wholesalers.