The Information Professional
18.2K views | +2 today
Follow
The Information Professional
Librarians and Archivists in a fast-changing digital lanscape
Curated by Karen du Toit
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Libraries and Kindle Unlimited, by Jill O'Neill | The Scholarly Kitchen

Libraries and Kindle Unlimited, by Jill O'Neill | The Scholarly Kitchen | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"In the wake of Amazon’s announcement of a new ebook subscription service, Forbes published an article by a British think tank employee with the link-bait title of “Close the Libraries and Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription”. As you might gather, the idea put forth was that supporting this licensing approach might be more cost effective for enabling the public’s access to content than the traditional public library in the United Kingdom. While that might not be the greatest idea, there is still much that scholarly publishers can learn from Amazon’s business strategy.

As a historical footnote, subscription based libraries were big in Britain during the 18th and 19th century when reasonably affluent individuals might pay for access to the latest three volume novel. (For some historical background on subscription based lending libraries, see here and here respectively). In the context of the Kindle Unlimited subscription, the reader pays Amazon $120 per year (or $119.88, if we’re being sticklers for accuracy) and gains access to as much as they want from a collection of about 600,000 titles. Critics have noted that these are not the high-end titles found in a first rate public or academic library; Amazon’s offering doesn’t include best-sellers, textbooks or scholarly monographs."

Karen du Toit's insight:

The controversial debate about the future of libraries vs subscription based ebook services. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

The Profitable Business of Kindle Book Lending | TeleRead

The Profitable Business of Kindle Book Lending | TeleRead | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"Last week, Amazon announced that it was extending its controversial e-book lending scheme, the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, to the UK. In its current state, Kindle Lending Library is a value-added service to Amazon Prime, the premium delivery service for which the e-commerce giant charges £49 a year here in the UK. It allows users to ‘borrow’ one of a selection of 200,000 Kindle e-books at a time for free each month (or for the equivalent sum of £4.08 per e-book if you don’t make use of Amazon’s delivery service that month)."
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Ebook Strategy and Public Libraries: Slow Just Won’t Work Anymore — The Digital Shift

Ebook Strategy and Public Libraries: Slow Just Won’t Work Anymore — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Pat Losinski

 

 

"OK, it’s time for a little tough love for public library leaders. We haven’t been as visionary, vigilant and assertive as we need to be when it comes to mapping our future in the ebook world. And unfortunately, too much of our time has been spent reacting to business models that seemingly reflect only commercial interests, rather than boldly advocating for business models that also serve the public’s interests.

Our primary role is to champion the rights of access for our users. Our ebook strategy needs a serious overhaul, and it needs to happen right now. Unless we move quickly, the technology divide that we’ve all been battling the last 20 years will look like a minor skirmish compared to the content divide that is mounting."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2011: The Digital Library

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2011:  The Digital Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Audrey Watters:

"Part 5 of my year-end series. As far as ed-tech trends go, 2011 was not the year of the e-textbook.

-Hooray E-Books

-Boo Textbooks

-Digital Textbooks: Not Quite

-The Library Innovates

-Amazon versus the Publishers versus Libraries

-The Library as Community Learning Space"

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

The Great Tech War Of 2012 | Fast Company

The Great Tech War Of 2012 | Fast Company | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
From left: The late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Larry Page, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

 

Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon battle for the future of the innovation economy.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Karen du Toit from Library Corner
Scoop.it!

Innovation in Libraries 2012 - Keynote Speech by Phil Simon

Phil Simon is a speaker and the author of four management books, including The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have Redefined Bus...

Via Miguel Mimoso Correia
Karen du Toit's insight:

"Phil Simon is a speaker and the author of four management books, including The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have Redefined Business. A recognized technology expert, he consults companies on how to optimize their use of technology."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Could downloaded e-books be the saviour of libraries? | Cain on Culture @MatthewCainC4

Could downloaded e-books be the saviour of libraries? | Cain on Culture @MatthewCainC4 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
There's no comprehensive service for e-book lending. So tomorrow the Department of Culture, Media and Sport will announce a review into the best way to make e-books available to all library users.

 

"Insisting on a visit to the library to download an e-book might be one way of protecting libraries from closure in an increasingly digital future. But there’s another threat – from online retailer Amazon, who make the best-selling e-reading device, the Kindle. Amazon currently refuses to license Kindle technology to libraries, prompting fears it could launch its own nationwide e-lending service, which could perhaps further undermine both the publishing industry and the local library – whatever the outcome of the government’s review on e-lending."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Law Librarian Blog: Some Thoughts on the DOJ Lawsuit Against Apple and the Publishers

Mark Giangrande:

Law Librarian Blog: Some Thoughts on the DOJ Lawsuit Against Apple and the Publishers http://t.co/nrAR8jB5...

 

[...]"Apple simply doesn’t want to get into a pricing war with Amazon. The most favored nation clause in Apple's contract with publishers was a way to avoid that and preserve book sales on the iOS platform. As Google plans to create Android tablets, and as Microsoft’s Metro tablets and phones penetrate the market, so will their stores. These billion dollar entities can decide whether they want a price war on digital goods to promote their platforms. That’s the marketing world the publishers face. It’s time they should get used to it. Consumers are buying Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Content, sadly, is secondary."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Karen du Toit
Scoop.it!

Amazon Expands Kindle Owners’ Lending Library To Self-Published Authors

Amazon Expands Kindle Owners’ Lending Library To Self-Published Authors | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"As rumored, self-published authors who agree to make their e-books available exclusively on Kindle for 90 days are now eligible to include their books in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and have the chance to make extra money."

more...
No comment yet.