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The Wrong War Over eBooks: Publishers Vs. Libraries, David Vinjamuri - Forbes

The Wrong War Over eBooks: Publishers Vs. Libraries, David Vinjamuri - Forbes | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This column is the first in a two-part series about libraries and their role in the marketing and readership of books. This first part addresses the present conflict.

Do libraries increase book sales or cannibalize them? This is the issue at the heart of the struggle between libraries represented by the American Library Association (whose president is Maureen Sullivan) and the Big Six publishers.
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He looks at 1. The Issue 

                  2. The Library Perspective

                  3. The Publisher Perspective

                  4. Where the Big 6 Publishers stand today

                  5. Evaluation of the arguments

                  

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Librarians and Digital Rights Management, interview with Terry Plum, by Sasha Nyary

Librarians and Digital Rights Management, interview with Terry Plum, by Sasha Nyary | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
When it comes to digital rights, librarians can be awfully cranky—just look at the debate around HarperCollins ebooks. Librarian educator Terry Plum, Assistant Dean of Technology at the Simmons Graduate School of Library ...
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Librarian educator Terry Plum, Assistant Dean of Technology at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science about "the basic issues of fair use and the first sale doctrine, which librarians have guarded and sanctified for decades and aren’t giving up without a fight."

 

Questions being answered:

 

"1. What do librarians want in this digital age?

 

2. What is the issue of fair use with regards librarians?

 

3. What does that mean for libraries?

 

4. The comparison about the book-to-ebook trend and the print-journal-to-ejournal process."

 

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How to kill a library, By Kitty Pope

How to kill a library, By Kitty Pope | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"[...]there are more than a few ways to kill a library.

For example:

√ Stop believing in the libraries mission. Do we really believe in the freedom to read, learn and discover?

√ Spend less time with the board. The ideal public library board would meet 4 times per year and agrees with everything the CEO recommended.

√ Stop talking to your customers. What do they know any way? And on the same topic, stop consulting staff. It is a huge time waster.

√ Don’t worry about the future and how you will get there. Sustainability is not an issue with which libraries need to be concerned. After all, we’ve have survived for hundreds of years.

√ Stop telling the library story. Everyone has heard our story.

√ Accept that the library building is old and you don’t need to keep renovating, painting, and updating it. It is what it is.

√ Accept that just like instant coffee killed the coffee bean, the e-book will kill the printed book.

√ Stop promoting the product; everyone knows about literacy and lifelong learning.

√ Stop empowering staff, and stop training them. They should come to us fully trained.

√ Stop all this talk about innovation. It just makes for more work.

√ And, for heaven’s sake, stop changing the rules and our traditions. It’s annoying!"

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10 questions about books, libraries, librarians, and schools, by Scott McLeod

10 questions about books, libraries, librarians, and schools, by Scott McLeod | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY SCOTT MCLEOD:

"October apparently was ‘Library Month’ for me. I was the keynote speaker for the Minnesota MEMO conference and did a breakout session for the Iowa Library Association (ILA) conference. I also brought Dr. Mike Eisenberg to Iowa for three days to talk with school administrators about technology and information literacy. As a result, I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on books, reading, and the future of libraries and librarians…"

"Random questions

What constitutes a “book” these days? When books become electronic and thus become searchable, hyperlinkable, more accessible to readers with disabilities, and able to embed audio, video, and interactive maps and graphics, at what point do they stop becoming “books” and start becoming something else?"...

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» University Librarians on Ebooks, Special Collections, and the Future of Academic Libraries

» University Librarians on Ebooks, Special Collections, and the Future of Academic Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Public Services Librarian Emily Couvillon took the time to share her opinions and observations of technology's role in engaging students, teachers, and administrators alike. And, of course, some books she thinks students should pick up and check out."

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"Chris Galloway is a friend of mine who works as a library manager at University of Houston who also kindly shared his expert opinions on the topics at hand. He even queried some of his coworkers for a more in-depth look at what other Coogs think of M.D. Anderson's present and future! Perhaps I'm biased when I say this, but Chris also boasts pretty great taste in literature, so it's probably a good idea to listen to his recommendations."

 

Questions that were answered:

1. "How popular are ebooks at Doherty? Do you provide readers for students?

2. What are some of your recommended reads for students? Any for freshmen and non-traditionals in particular?

3. Where do you see things at Doherty headed within the next few years?

4. What upcoming releases are you and the other librarians excited about? Will they be recommended to the acquisitions department?

5. What are some of your favorite holdings in the University's special collections?"

 

 

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Phil Bradley's weblog: Libraries, books, ebooks and the future

Phil Bradley's weblog: Libraries, books, ebooks and the future | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
There's a text version and 2 videos totaling 24 minutes below. There’s a phrase that I use every now and then; “It’s like dancing on quick sand” and never was it more appropriate than right now in respect of the eBook arena.

 

"Let’s look at the latest news. A new low cost eBook reader has been unveiled by txtr, a German eBook retail platform...

 

Oyster, which is a new startup has raised $3 million in order to become the ‘Spotify of books’....

 

HarperCollins is launching a new global publishing system which will provide them with an infrastructure that allows them to maximise it’s catalogue of books, eBooks and apps...

 

The final news item that’s caught my eye, and I assume has also caught yours is that Amazon is going to launch their lending service in the UK by the end of the month..."

 

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"We are at an absolutely pivotal point within both our profession, and within the library service in the UK. I recently talked to an ex-librarian who has since left the profession, and she said ‘I’m glad I got out, we’re finished’. That is so patently not the case it’s painful. This is a superb time to be a professional, or to have a love of libraries, of reading, books and knowledge. This is because we are going to be able to shape the development of all of those things into the future. What we do now is going to set a pattern for the next 50 or 100 years. We just need to believe in the power that the information professionals have, and the key role that libraries play in society. But – and this is a big but, we can only do it if we all work together, because it’s only by holding out our hands to one another in trust that we can help drag ourselves out of the quicksand, rather than push each other under faster."

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What Can Libraries Learn from New User (and Non-User!) E-Reading Data from the Pew Internet - Slideshare Project? | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

"At the Library 2.012 worldwide virtual conference, Pew Internet Research Analyst Kathryn Zickuhr and ALA Program Director Larra Clark will discuss key findings from these reports—including a brand new analysis focused on younger Americans' reading preferences and library use habits. The session also will explore immediate practical implications for U.S. public libraries."

 

Slideshare here: http://www.slideshare.net/PewInternet/what-can-libraries-learn-from-new-user-and-nonuserereading-data-from-the-pew-internet-project

 

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Will Public Libraries Become Extinct? - Forbes

Will Public Libraries Become Extinct? - Forbes | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Marc Bodnick:

"Will public libraries become extinct? This question was originally answered on Quora by Erica Friedman and Marc Bodnick."

 

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 "the obvious:

Libraries provide many services, yes, but the most important service is lending books. Tablets & eReaders are a much better way to get a book than borrowing it or buying it at a bookstore. You can get the book right away, the split second you want it! More, and more, and more people are going to buy tablet devices & eReaders over the next ten years. Power readers are disproportionately more likely to buy tablets & eReaders. Anyone who really loves reading, buying, and borrowing books is likely going to buy an eReader. Once you really start enjoy reading on a Kindle or iPad, your interest in visiting a bookstore or library goes down precipitously. Buying a book cheaply on your Kindle or iPad is so much better than (1) go to a library, (2) cross-fingers hope they have the book in stock, (3) borrow the book, (4) read it, (5) remember to return it, and (6) drive back to the library to return it. That’s a lot of work."

 

 

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Ebook lending review announced

Ebook lending review announced | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Industry specialists will look at the benefits of libraries lending ebooks in a move publishers say will have 'serious implications' for the book trade (RT @CreaticDestruct: RT @CreaticDestruct: Technology continues to disrupt ageing business models.

"Culture minister Ed Vaizey has announced a government review of ebook lending – a thorny issue that publishers believe could have "serious implications" for the book trade.
To be led by publisher and Forward prize founder William Sieghart, the government's ebook lending review will call on the expertise of authors, publishers, librarians and agents, with the novelist Joanna Trollope, the literary agent Caroline Michel of PFD and Stephen Page, chief executive of Faber & Faber, all set to contribute."
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ALA President Maureen Sullivan Sends Open Letter to Publishers Re: Refusal to Sell eBooks To Libraries | LJ INFOdocket

ALA President Maureen Sullivan Sends Open Letter to Publishers Re: Refusal to Sell eBooks To Libraries | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We librarians cannot stand by and do nothing while some publishers deepen the digital divide. We cannot wait passively while some publishers deny access to our cultural record. We must speak out on behalf of today’s — and tomorrow’s — readers.The library community demands meaningful change and creative solutions that serve libraries and our readers who rightfully expect the same access to e-books as they have to printed books.

"So, which side will you be on? Will you join us in a future of liberating literature for all? Libraries stand with readers, thinkers, writers, dreamers and inventors. Books and knowledge — in all their forms — are essential. Access to them must not be denied."

 

Read the full statement here: http://www.infodocket.com/2012/09/24/ala-president-maureen-sullivan-sends-open-letter-to-publishers-re-refusal-to-sell-ebooks-to-libraries/


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Ebook price hike causes friction between publisher and libraries

Ebook price hike causes friction between publisher and libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Adi Robertson:

"The American Library Association has denounced publisher Hachette for an impending price hike that would more than triple the cost of backlisted ebook titles. In a statement, ALA President Maureen Sullivan said the group was "weary of faltering half steps" and would be pursuing a more aggressive strategy to get ebooks into libraries at a reasonable price in light of the change. According to documents posted on infodocket earlier this week, the average price of backlisted books (those from 2010 or earlier) is set to jump by 220 percent in October. Hachette has responded, saying that the new prices "fairly reflect the value to the library customer" since ebooks will not need to be replaced at the same rate as physical books.

While ebooks are an integral part of most library catalogs, publishers and librarians frequently clash over how much digital media should cost and how it should be lent. Earlier this year, Penguin pulled out of an agreement with online lending system OverDrive, and Hachette has only recently started offering new titles to libraries as part of a pilot program."

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The bookless library – Is that the future of libraries? | ePublish a Book

The bookless library – Is that the future of libraries? | ePublish a Book | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The bookless library is increasing a reality, staring in places meant to be the repository of knowledge, university libraries, and gaining ground outside academic grounds.
The New York Public Library is implementing its plan to move many of its books away from its main branch into offsite storage with 24-hour advance request required. Yet it is not the first library to do so. Opening the move was Kansas State University’s engineering school, which went bookless 12 years ago. The University of Texas at San Antonio ditched print for e-books and e-journals in 2010. Stanford University’s engineering school pruned 85 percent of its books last year. Drexel University opened a new library just last month with hardly a single print book – just rows and rows of computers. And Cornell recently announced a similar initiative." 

 

Read more: http://www.epublishabook.com/2012/08/31/the-bookless-library-is-that-the-future-of-libraries/#ixzz257b6gIeO


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Canadian Book Buyers and Their Relationship to Libraries » BookNet Canada

Canadian Book Buyers and Their Relationship to Libraries » BookNet Canada | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Survey: Canadian Book Buyers and Their Relationship to Libraries : http://t.co/l5u9qZ2O

 

"Voracious readers will often beg or borrow their books from anywhere possible—buy books in person or online, borrow from the library or steal from friends. As part of The Canadian Book Consumer we have the opportunity to drill down into topical questions and we’re interested in understanding more about how book buyers use the library. We look at the following questions:

How many book buyers use the library?
How frequently?
How many loans are e-books compared to print books?
What happens when a library doesn’t have a book available to patrons or there is a lengthy reserve list?
Here’s a sneak peek of some of our library data. In the first quarter of 2012, 59.43% of book buyers claim to have visited the library within the last 12 months. Of those respondents, 19.4% visit the library, either in person or online, 2 to 3 times a month and 16.3% visited once a month."

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Can E-Books and Libraries Coexist? – Infographic

Can E-Books and Libraries Coexist? – Infographic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Bob Al-Greene
"Print -- literature, journalism, you name it -- has experienced an extended obituary over the last decade, alongside the rise of digital media.
But a recent Pew study found that even as sales of e-readers like Nook and Kindle grow swiftly, young people still frequent libraries more than you might think, and print books remain popular. Even the most plugged-in lit fans are not ready to abandon print as a dead medium. In fact, e-book readers consume more books annually, no matter the format."
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Lawyers & Librarians: Google's Battle for the Books, by @jeffjohnroberts

Lawyers & Librarians: Google's Battle for the Books, by @jeffjohnroberts | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"I'm happy to announce the publication of my e-book, The Battle for the Books: Inside Google's Gambit to Build the World's Biggest Library. This is a 50 page tale of gossip and rivalries between lawyers and librarians, and shows a cultural collision between Silicon Valley and the east coast over control of books and knowledge."

 

Available here: http://pro.gigaom.com/books/the-battle-for-the-books/

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ALA Chapters Issue Joint Statement on E-Content Pricing | American Libraries Magazine

ALA Chapters Issue Joint Statement on E-Content Pricing | 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.

 

Submitted by George Eberhart:


"A majority of the 57 state and regional chapters of the American Library Association have signed a joint statement in opposition to the practices of publishers and distributors that have established unfair pricing in the sale of ebooks to libraries.

ALA President Maureen Sullivan commented, “This joint statement underscores how critical this issue is for the public. Librarians across the country daily face questions from their readers about why access to ebooks is restricted. ALA fully supports this grassroots effort.”

So far, 33 ALA chapters (see list below) have signed on to the statement, and Indiana Library Federation Executive Director Susan Akers expects that a few more will join in the next few weeks."

 

List here: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/inside-scoop/ala-chapters-issue-joint-statement-e-content-pricing

 

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Teenagers, E-reader Owners Still Visit Libraries

Teenagers, E-reader Owners Still Visit Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Even if you have an e-reader, a new survey shows you probably still visit the library.

 

"According to a study by the Pew Research Center published Tuesday, 16-29 year olds are reading more often, largely because of the mass amounts of e-content that is available to them on mobile devices. They’re not just reading short blips of content, either — people under 30 are reading more long-form content on their smartphones and tablets, but also continuing to visit their local libraries.

Eight in 10 Americans ages 16-29 read a book this past year, and more than six out of 10 used their local public library. Of the people who read this past year, 75 percent read a print book while 19% read an ebook, and 11% listened to an audiobook. Forty six percent used the library for research, 38 percent borrowed books (print books, audiobooks, or ebooks), and 23 percent borrowed newspapers, magazines, or journals."

 

Study: http://mashable.com/2012/10/23/embargo-oct-23-1201-a-m-et/

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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)."
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