"A majority of print readers (54%) and readers of e-books (61%) prefer to purchase their own copies; while "just one in three audiobook listeners (32%) prefer to purchase audiobooks". The metrics with respect to digital reading ...
Several overriding themes permeated this year's Tools of Change for Publishing conference.
"Savikas talked about what ebook subscription models look like and with what kinds of books such models work best. He said the model will work with more kinds of books than it's currently used and outlined three reasons publishers should consider the subscription/access model:..."
“The ultimate goal is for kids to love to read,” Panter said. “Students will check out the [e-readers] for six weeks and twice a week will come to the library to discuss the books they’re reading. Parents are invited once a week as well.”
The study also mentions a bunch of additional tech-related services that libraries could provide, including an online research service for asking questions of librarians (37 percent of respondents said they’re “very likely” to use this); app-based access to library materials and programs (28 percent); GPS-style apps for navigating libraries (34 percent); Redbox-style lending machines (33 percent); and Amazon-style recommendations for books/audios/videos (29 percent).
"Today, anyone with a computer and Internet access can create an ebook, which is great news for schools. Now teachers and students can build their own reference works, and young authors can publish their stories and share them with the world." by Richard Byrne
"Douglas County Libraries, in Colorado, is trying something new: buying eBooks directly from publishers and hosting them on its own platform. That platform is based on the purchase of content at discount; owning—not leasing—a copy of the file; the application of industry-standard DRM on the library’s files; multiple purchases based on demand; and a “click to buy” feature.
Its new DCL Digital Branch is one outcome of this strategy. As of this writing, more than 800 publishers have signed up, and their works are seamlessly integrated into and delivered from the library catalog, rather than from third-party sites."
The digital branch allows patrons to view and explore digital content using their hands and eyes the same way they might explore a traditional collection, with added functionality like immediate access to staff recommendations, most popular titles, and new content. Digital branch technology and features will change and improve as Douglas County Libraries’ eContent collection grows and patron use of digital content evolves.
At my school where I've seen my students turning increasingly to ereaders we'd like that, too. But we want to have our online databases streamed via the same portal through which our students access ebooks.
In my library, we know what our kids are reading and what they might like to read next. DCL’s system works like that, as well; it collects reader history so the library can build recommendations based on past selections and other factors. This enables readers to make “serendipitous connections between books,” says LaRue.
"Most people who can afford ereaders can afford to buy books for them. Libraries are, in effect, providing those readers with a luxury, at least at the present moment. The whole ebook world is still evolving–we don’t know just where it will end. Maybe what we should be focusing on instead–right now–is providing the devices with content instead of the content alone."
“Libraries are in the business of getting people to read, and if e-books get people more interested in reading, then it’s good for the library,” said Stacy Yates, Amarillo Public Library’s public relations coordinator."