"Here is one good way to turn public libraries into centers for community publishing.
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"E-books have become a core part of U.S. publishers’ business. Libraries and booksellers have built e-book lending programs. What is the future of e-lending?"
"We’re witnessing a sea change in e-book library lending. As more players become involved in the market, the traditional roles of publisher, distributor, bookseller, and library are beginning to blur. One thing is clear, though: As publishers struggle to sell and market their wares in a world of declining retail space, libraries become more valuable. If digital shelf space at libraries proves to have similar effect as its physical counterpart, to serve libraries and their patrons digitally is to cultivate customers of the future."
"O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change conference returned to New York with a typical high profile slate focused on publishing innovation driven by technology and a new vision of just what publishing can mean.
This year’s TOC kicked off with an inspirational keynote by actor, director and now digital entrepreneur, LeVar Burton, before turning quickly to the big issues surrounding libraries and e-book lending and a new and breathtaking vision of independent bookselling."
Bad news this week for libraries that want to continue offering new ebooks to patrons.
"The big New York publishers aren't going to loosen their terms -- at least not right away.
[...]yesterday, the biggest of the Big Six [publishers], Random House, threw caution to the wind and announced they’d struck a deal with libraries:
It was going to raise the price of its ebooks to library wholesalers, but once a library had bought the book, that was it. They could loan it out as many times as they wanted and never buy it again."
Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries http://t.co/DIsal5KT (via @ATG_NewsChannel)...
Charles (Chuck) Hamaker takes an in-depth look at the challenges faced by ebooks “as transmitter, carrier, and shaper of our written word cultural heritage” – and what it means for libraries.
(The article is featured in the December 2011 issue of Searcher Magazine.)
Among the issues Chuck voices serious concerns about are:
Chuck then ends the article on an up note by offering some innovative suggestions that might enable ebooks to reach their full potential.
Needless to say, his article raises numerous questions for librarians, publishers and vendors alike. In short, it is more than worth the read.
"Part 5 of my year-end series. As far as ed-tech trends go, 2011 was not the year of the e-textbook.
-Digital Textbooks: Not Quite
-The Library Innovates
-Amazon versus the Publishers versus Libraries
-The Library as Community Learning Space"
"Librarian by Day: 9 reasons Publishers should Stop Acting Like Libraries Are The Enemy and Start Thanking them"
"Libraries let people read your books.
Libraries introduce people to your books.
We celebrate books and authors everyday, all year long.
We WANT to buy your books.
We love books too.
Who else is going to pay those ridiculously high database and journal prices?
Library users are your best customers."
Youtube video edited by Greg Landgraf:
"American Libraries presents its list of the top 10 library news stories of 2011, covering digitization, privacy, copyright, advocacy, and much more."
"Bilbary Seeks to Heal the Digital Rift Between Publishers and Libraries."
"When ebook platform Bilbary launches sometime in March or April, it will have something that can’t be found in one uniform web location: ebook access from all of the Big Six publishers. Currently, the negotiations surrounding Bilbary’s partnership with those and some 2,300 other publishers are for ebook purchasing, although some of those major publishers are already at work on lending the ebooks to users for a rental fee rather than a purchase price.Founder Tim Coates, the former CEO of Waterstone’s, Sherratt & Hughes, and WHSmith and a long-time advocate for public libraries, developed Bilbary with the intention of bridging the current divide between public libraries who wish to lend ebooks to their patrons and the publishers who have to guard the interests of their companies and their authors."