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Public Library E-Book Lending Must Change to Survive

Public Library E-Book Lending Must Change to Survive | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A few events over the past few weeks illustrate the downward arc that I have suggested is in store for public libraries in the e-book age.  First, Amazon introduced its own e-book "lending library..."

 

"Libraries have two fundamental problems here: they have less control over the situation than publishers do, and they are about to get some serious competition from the private sector.

An article in Publishers Weekly gives an overview of Amazon’s e-book lending feature and its implications for publishers and authors. In a nutshell, the program is currently limited to a few thousand titles that originate either from Amazon itself or from smaller publishers that still sell e-books to Amazon under a wholesale model, as opposed to the “agent” model used by most major trade publishers, which forbids such activity."

 

 

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A Guide to Ebook Purchasing | American Libraries Magazine

A Guide to Ebook Purchasing | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.

 

"For anyone contemplating purchasing ebooks, asking why is the most important question. What are the primary goals of purchasing ebooks in your library or your consortium? Is it to expand the collection or to increase the buying power of a group of libraries? Is it to replace existing print collections, offer new services, or experiment with new business models in the hope of saving money? Whatever the reason, it is imperative to keep one’s goals in mind throughout the process.

Buying ebooks is a complicated process. To do it effectively is an even greater challenge due to the many ways to procure ebooks."

 

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Free eBook: School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come

The Adventures of Library Girl: Free eBook: School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"I am unbelievably honored to be a part of this "crowdsourced collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors." This amazing collection of thoughtful and thought provoking essays on what the future holds for our profession is currently available through Smashwords in formats that allow you to read it both on your computer and/or a mobile device. In just a few weeks, however, you'll be able to also download it through several of the major eBook Stores (like iBooks and B&N).

The credit for this amazing work really goes to KristinFontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton who conceived of and edited the final product. Their vision, diligence and hard work shaped this into the unique resource that it is."

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Will piracy kill e-book lending?

Will piracy kill e-book lending? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Read 'Will piracy kill e-book lending?' on Digital Trends.

Penguin has pulled its new books from e-lending by libraries citing "security issues" with digital editions. Is it just a bump in the road, or will piracy doom e-book lending?

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Libraries face a digital future

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Lessons from overseas suggest there is more to digital libraries than e-books, writes Gill Hitchcock (RT @MultiMediaIT: Libraries face a digital future - article in the Guardian Professional's Government Computing section

 

"Weiner urged libraries to adopt open standards rather than cater for any one type of reader. "The iPad is the world according to Apple, it is not an open standard," he said. "If you think of the democracy a library represents, it should be built on open standards."

He maintained that cloud computing offers great opportunities for libraries. "For example, Amazon today offers Kindle clouds where the books are not in your Kindle, they are up the cloud…

The library cloud could be the place where libraries store all kinds of content, not only books but videos, or content that is created in the library."

He claimed to be a big fan of "hyper-local journalism", which he defined as a group of people within a community getting together and writing about that area. Weiner believes that a library is a perfect place for them to meet, write or start their own blog."

 

 

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