From an IFFRO (International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations Announcement: An innovative agreement was announced on 8 December in Paris to facilitate e-lending in French public libraries.
In my last two columns I explored what I called the “mess of ebooks” and explained what I want from library ebooks. In this column I want to discuss a possible future that could be good for libraries and for publishers.
SELF-e is the partnership between Library Journal and Charleston, SC's BiblioLabs. BiblioLab's product, Biblioboard, is a platform that seeks to bring (among other things), self-published works into the library ecosystem.
Note: The year-long pilot was launched on March 3, 2014. See: Ebook Lending Pilot Project Launching Today in UK From a News Release Posted on the Publishers Association (UK) Web Site: The year-long pilot project, being run in partnership by the Society of Chie...
Alyson Tyler's insight:
4 main findings noted, six months into the England trials:
An overall growth in e-lending
A longer loan period leads to more titles being borrowed
No evidence of e-book lending leading to e-buying
The increase in e-lending is not leading to a decrease in physical lending
The following report (119 pages; in English) was produced by Dan Mount, Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Civic Agenda EU for Taalunie, Bibnet and Bibliotheek.nl (National Library of the Netherlands). Direct to
Earlier today the UK Publishers Association released a 6 month status report on the small scale library ebook lending project which had been carried on in the UK for the past 8 months. If the report is to be believed, ebook loans don’t affect the lending rate for paper books, and they also don’t drive sales *. I wouldn’t …
As the e-book market develops on a licensed-access model, librarians caution that we are tumbling toward a digital memory hole in which large portions of our literary heritage could one day be lost altogether.
ProQuest's ebook division teamed up with the Irish bookseller O'Mahony's to deliver content to institutions in Ireland and the U.K. O'Mahony's library customers are able to purchase more than 600,000 ebooks—on a title-by-title basis or as part of a demand-driven acquisition (DDA) model—from ProQuest's ebrary and EBL.