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The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries - Times of San Diego

The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries - Times of San Diego | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Peter C. Herman"For the past few years, both the California State University and the University of California libraries have been experimenting with packages that replace paper books with e-books. The advantages are obvious. With e-books, you no longer have to schlep to a library to take out a book. You just log on from whatever device connects you to the web, at whatever time and in whatever state of dress, and voila! the book appears on your screen.

But the real attraction is price. Library budgets, along with university budgets, have been slashed, and such companies as Pearson and Elsevier offer e-book packages that make it possible to gain access (I’ll explain the awkward syntax in a moment) to lots of books at what seems like a minimal cost. The savings are multiplied when the package serves the entire system. So instead of each campus buying a paper book, all 23 CSU’s, for instance, share a single e-book. That’s the theory, at least. The reality is very different."

 

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"Instead, a library pays to access a data file by one of two routes: “PDA,” or “Patron-Driven Acquisition,” in which a vendor makes available a variety of e-books, and a certain number of “uses” (the definition varies) triggers a purchase, or a subscription to an e-library that does not involve any mechanism for buying the e-book. Both avenues come loaded with all sorts of problems.

First, reading an e-book is a different, and lesser, experience that reading a paper book, just aswatching a movie at home differs from watching one in a theatre.

There’s a huge difference between casual and college reading, and recent studies prove beyond doubt that while e-books are perfectly fine for the latest John Grisham or Fifty Shades of Grey, they actively discourage intense reading and deep learning."

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The impact of e-books on libraries and learning. Not good!

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20 most clever ads for books, bookstores and libraries - Ebook Friendly

20 most clever ads for books, bookstores and libraries - Ebook Friendly | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Piotr Kowalczyk: "A list [and pictures] of most creative, award-winning print ads for books, bookshops and libraries"
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Inspiring ads!
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FREE EBOOK: Project Gutenberg – More Than Just Free Books, Mark O'Neill

FREE EBOOK: Project Gutenberg – More Than Just Free Books, Mark O'Neill | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Angela Alcorn:

"If you’ve heard of Project Gutenberg, you probably know it for its vast collection of free public domain books. But do you know everything it offers and how to make the best of the site?

With an army of volunteers scanning, proofreading, and editing public domain works, being able to discover obscure works of literature is now easier than ever. Project Gutenberg, which has over 45,000 books on offer (at the time of writing), aims to ensure that no book will ever truly disappear. Project Gutenberg also offers audiobooks and the chance to help get involved in the project.

FREE EBOOK: Project Gutenberg – More Than Just Free Books

Read online or download PDF, EPUB version free of charge; Kindle version $1


 

This guide, written by MakeUseOf’s own Mark O’Neill will teach you:

about the concept of public domain workshow to find and use audiobooks through Librivoxthe quickest way to self-publish your own bookshow distributed proofreading works and how to get involvedsome cool tools and tricks of the Project Gutenberg siteand will suggest some great starting points for your reading."
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Guide by Mark O'Neill

Great resource!

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Are Digital Libraries A 'Winner-Takes-All' Market? OverDrive Hopes So

Are Digital Libraries A 'Winner-Takes-All' Market? OverDrive Hopes So | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Ava Seave:

“Schools and libraries in all forms are transitioning their spends from providing physical items that are being stored on shelves and branches to digital items -- the fastest portion of their growth,” said Steve Potash  in a recent interview.

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Future digital libraries? Most probably!

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Zinio Now Offers Free Back Issues of Magazines Through Public Libraries | The eBook Reader Blog

Zinio Now Offers Free Back Issues of Magazines Through Public Libraries | The eBook Reader Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"A few months back I posted about how Zinio now offers hundreds of magazines for download for free through public libraries. Being able to download dozens of popular magazine titles for free is a great way to get digital magazines. It still seems a little too good to be true, but it’s been 3 months and the system is still going strong. My library’s selection of magazines continues to grow. There are now over 240 separate titles. And now they’ve added the ability to download back issues of most titles. That’s right. Zinio now offers back issues through public libraries. It varies from title to title just how far issues go back. A lot of them seem to go back to December 2012, but I happened to notice that Business Week offer back issues all the way back to January 2003. That’s over 500 back issues!"
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Free magazines for public libraries!
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Who inherits your iTunes library?

Who inherits your iTunes library? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Many of us will accumulate vast libraries of digital books and music over the course of our lifetimes. But when we die, our collections of words and music may expire with us. (Who inherits your iTunes library?
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Interesting discussion about digital ownership after your death! Something to think about!

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New Bilbary e-rental venture - "Libraries can prosper - if they change", by Tim Coates

"The plan to allow the reading public to rent e-books, much as they rent movies, has proved so much more contentious than its pioneer, the former Waterstones managing director Tim Coates, had hoped.

That publishers are chary of the idea of his new Bilbary e-rental venture, which launched this week, is perhaps not entirely surprising: although the e-rentals automatically delete themselves when the borrowing time expires, they fear the scheme might harm sales.

Less controversial, however, is Mr Coates' generous pledge to donate a good chunk of Bilbary's profits to campaigns to keep open libraries threatened by government budget cuts. Hundreds of the nation's 4,000 public libraries are at risk; and campaigners' attempts to persuade courts and councils to keep them open are largely failing."

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New Bilbary e-rental venture launched this week!

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Is a paperless library still a library? - Discussion

Is a paperless library still a library? - Discussion | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The concept of a library is going to be re-invented in Texas with the launch of a public library with digital rather than printed books.

 

Discussion from various quarters about the concept of paperless libraries!

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My own opinion: There is still a place for a book, and a book in a library, especially if there is heritage value in it!

The space and place of a library is also evolving with the changing times, but the importance of a "library" in a community cannot be overlooked!

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Penguin Revisits Library Pilot Terms | American Libraries Magazine

Penguin Revisits Library Pilot Terms | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Penguin Group USA revealed today that, as of April 2, it will remove the six-month embargo on ebook titles licensed to libraries and instead offer new titles immediately after they are released in the consumer market.
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Penguin Group USA > change to ebook lending at libraries!

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Smashwords: How Libraries Can Launch Community Publishing Initiatives with Self-Published Ebooks

Smashwords: How Libraries Can Launch Community Publishing Initiatives with Self-Published Ebooks | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Mark Coker: Libraries are uniquely qualified to orchestrate community resources and talent to help local writers become professional self-publishers. By holding seminars and classes, and by bringing local authors together face to face with readers and aspiring authors, libraries can help unleash the talent locked inside the minds and fingertips of their local community's writers.  They can also help ensure a steady future supply of library-friendly authors who will want to supply their ebooks to libraries.


Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/17571498#


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Great tools and tips for self-publishing at libraries!

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Bookmobile due in San Luis to expose readers to digital reading - Yuma Sun

Bookmobile due in San Luis to expose readers to digital reading - Yuma Sun | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Bookmobile due in San Luis to expose readers to digital reading
Yuma Sun
The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile, a 74-foot-long semi tractor-trailer, allows patrons to climb aboard and check out exhibits of electronic readers, e-books and books on audio.
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Book mobile for digital reading!

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