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45% of ebrary Customers Diversify E-book Acquisition Models for the Highest ...

45% of ebrary Customers Diversify E-book Acquisition Models for the Highest ... | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

“To provide libraries with the greatest return on investment, we need to understand usage and continue to build complementary business models and technologies that deliver the greatest value...This is not something that ebrary can accomplish alone. It needs to be a collaborative effort between libraries, publishers, book vendors, and other business units within the broader ProQuest organization. Together, we can empower researchers.”

 

ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced that 45% of its customers are diversifying acquisition models to provide their researchers with a breadth and depth of high-quality, relevant e-books. Many customers subscribe to Academic Complete™ as an affordable base collection with unlimited access and continued growth and expand the collection with other models including patron driven acquisition, perpetual archive, and short-term loans. Academic Complete is the industry’s first and most scholarly subscription product with over 75,000 titles.

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Warning: You Are About to Enter the Ebook Zone

Warning: You Are About to Enter the Ebook Zone | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"Ebooks have been running along in the background for some time now, but with the development of good-quality readers (Kindle, Nook, iPad, and many more) and the ability of consumers to acquire ebooks instantly, the game has changed. Just as libraries have always responded to the consumer market and the demands of our users, we now need to meet the demand for ebooks."

 

This article looks into the issues involving ebook acquisition, lending, and access/ownership, and working out the pros and cons of new models of ebook lending that will satisfy publishers, distributors, and libraries and their patrons.  More here:  http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/05222012/warning-you-are-about-enter-ebook-zone

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Writers won't lose out if libraries lend ebooks

Writers won't lose out if libraries lend ebooks | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Accepting that libraries should be able to lend books means accepting that they should be able to lend them in any format. To claim otherwise is illogical and exposes a deep unease both with what "owning" an ebook actually entails, and with the whole concept of public libraries.  Librarians, publishers and authors share an interest in getting people reading. They need to work together to sort out e-lending.

 

 

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A Primer on Ebooks for Libraries Just Starting With Downloadable Media — The Digital Shift

A Primer on Ebooks for Libraries Just Starting With Downloadable Media — The Digital Shift | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Library Journal is publishing a series of articles that that takes an indepth look at some of the ebook platforms that are now in the marketplace, including this environmental scan.

 

This primer addresses the question Why buy ebooks? and helps libraries with limited budget to locate free ebook content online and provide downloadable ebooks as a service.

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The rise of e-reading

The rise of e-reading | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project today released the first comprehensive examination of U.S. adult reading habits since e-books have come to prominence.

 

Among its key findings are: 21% of Americans have read an e-book; 78 percent of adults read a book in the past year, and 14 percent of these readers borrowed their last book from our nation’s libraries.  The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.

 

Of great concern, though, are findings that there is a significant gap in those who have read an e-book in the last year versus those who did not based on level of education and income.  ALA and libraries are tackling this concern on several fronts.  Read more on ALA's response to the Pew report here: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/ala-president-responds-new-report-rise-e-reading?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=american+libraries+magazine

 

For more of the summary of findings, go to:  http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/04/04/the-rise-of-e-reading/

 

Download the Pew report here:  http://libraries.pewinternet.org/files/legacy-pdf/The%20rise%20of%20e-reading%204.5.12.pdf

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E-Books and Libraries: 25 Resources

E-Books and Libraries: 25 Resources | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

iLibrarian creates a list of 25 resources of best websites to find and download eBooks – including where to find ebooks vendors and other related links to eBook & libraries controversy: http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2012/e-books-and-libraries-25-resources/

 

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ebooks and libraries

ebooks and libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
I’ve been wondering about ebooks and libraries for a while, in particular about where things are going in terms of library use of ebooks.  What caught my eye this week was a blog post on t...

 

"The reasons why publishers might want their content to be lent through libraries are exactly the same reasons why printed books are lent through libraries, it encourages reading, it encourages literacy and surveys suggest that library readers are also heavy purchasers of books. So if you want to get people into the habit of reading, using and buying ebooks, especially when you are building a new market, wouldn’t you want to use all means to encourage people to try out ebooks?"

 

Read more here http://libwebrarian.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/ebooks-and-libraries/

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e-Books at Oxford University - Bodleian Libraries

e-Books at Oxford University - Bodleian Libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Known to Oxford scholars as “Bodley” or simply “the Bod”, the Bodleian Library serves as the main research library of Oxford University. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful academic libraries in the world.

 

The Bod provides access to thousands of online books across many subjects. Here's a list for a selection of e-book packages in the subjects, Humanities,  Social Science, Science and Medicine, and References.

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Libraries protest Random House price hike

Libraries protest Random House price hike | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The American Library Association is urging Random House Inc. to reconsider its steep increases in the price of e-books for library wholesalers.  Random House, the country's largest trade publisher, has informed libraries that wholesale charges for e-books would rise by more than 20 percent for new adult releases and more than double for new children's books.

 

The library association, through ALA president Molly Raphael, issued a statement:

"While I appreciate Random House's engagement with libraries and its commitment to perpetual access," ALA president Molly Raphael said in the statement, "I am deeply disappointed in the severe escalation in e-book pricing reported today. Calling on our history together and our hope to satisfy mutual goals moving forward, the American Library Association strongly urges Random House to reconsider its decision. In a time of extreme financial constraint, a major price increase effectively curtails access for many libraries, and especially our communities that are hardest hit economically."

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A Guide to Publishers in the Library Ebook Market — The Digital Shift

A Guide to Publishers in the Library Ebook Market — The Digital Shift | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This list is meant to be a helpful, not comprehensive, resource. The focus is whether or not publishers are in the library ebook marketplace. It is not meant to be a listing of all possible ways to acquire ebooks for a library collection.  But it gives a fuller sense of publishers' participation in the overall library marketplace.

 

This guide also includes a list of fairly large publishers in the academic/scholarly sphere, arranged in alphabetical order, and a short note on their ebook policy.

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What Patrons Teach Us—and Publishers Should Learn — The Digital Shift

What Patrons Teach Us—and Publishers Should Learn — The Digital Shift | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

A new report from Library Journal indicates that it is vital for libraries to connect with digital patrons, especially ebook readers, and satisfying their expectations has a meaningful upside for both the library users and the publishing community.

 

For more information on LJ’s Patron Profiles reports, visit  http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research/patron-profiles/

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Should eBooks Be Distinguished From Books?

Should eBooks Be Distinguished From Books? | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"Maybe and maybe not. Unless the format changes the experience as enhanced eBooks do, then a book is a book, be it paperback, hardcover or digital. However, publishers need to know where their sales are coming from, so breaking out titles based on the category is a smart way to distinguish where the sales are coming from."

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Libraries face a digital future

Libraries face a digital future | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Lessons from overseas suggest there is more to digital libraries than e-books.  It's a time of radical change for libraries to exploit digital technologies.  This report on the Future Libraries Programme  argues that the latest IT developments present a huge opportunity for libraries to deliver more efficient and effective services.

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New ALA report explores challenges of equitable access to digital content

New ALA report explores challenges of equitable access to digital content | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The American Library Association (ALA)  has just released a new report entitled “E-content: The Digital Dialogue,” which examines critical issues underlying equitable access to digital content through our nation’s libraries. In the report,  authors "explore an unprecedented and splintered landscape in which several major publishers refuse to sell e-books to libraries; proprietary platforms fragment our cultural record; and reader privacy is endangered."

 

The report, published as a supplement to American Libraries magazine, explores various licensing models and the state of librarian-publisher relations. It also provides an update on the ALA-wide effort to promote access to digital content.  The effort includes meeting with publishers, distributors and other important stakeholders; championing public advocacy, and writing position papers that advance practical business models without compromising library values.  View/download here: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f8ac9caa#/f8ac9caa/1

 

 

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300 Free eBooks: Download Great Classics for Free

300 Free eBooks: Download Great Classics for Free | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Open Culture claims to be the "best free cultural and educational media on the web."  The website offers audio books, about 450 online courses, and ebooks for download, all for FREE.

This collection features free e-books, mostly classics, that you can read on your computer, smart phone, or Kindle. It includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  To learn how to download these ebooks to your computer/mobile device, please visit its eBook Primer here: http://www.openculture.com/ebook_primer

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Ebooks herald the second coming of books in university social science

Ebooks herald the second coming of books in university social science | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Books at last are going digital – bringing to an end the futile period of paper books losing out to digital journals. With prices falling and instant availability leading to the growth of people reading ebooks, the writer, Patrick Dunleavy, foresees a renaissance of books as a major format in social science teaching, research, and impacts work. This push-back is strongly supported by the increasing emphasis on the impacts agenda; by increased attention to citations and real audience sizes; and by improved professionalism in the communication of the social sciences.

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E-Books Are Easier to Borrow, Just Be Prepared to Wait

E-Books Are Easier to Borrow, Just Be Prepared to Wait | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Libraries are striving to make borrowing e-books easier, but restrictions from publishers are making the process harder.

 

If you can find the e-book you want in the library, it’s easy to check it out. You can browse a library’s digital holdings from the comfort of your living room at any time. You don’t have to go to the library to borrow a book, and even better, you don’t have to go there to return it. Books vanish from your device when they are due. And you can get access to a library’s e-books from myriad devices, including e-readers, tablets and smartphones.

 

The downside is, if you want to borrow best sellers and other popular e-books, there's a lengthy waiting list from the publishers that are willing to sell to libraries.

 

Here are some guidelines on how to borrow books for the most popular devices: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/technology/personaltech/e-books-are-easier-to-borrow-just-be-prepared-to-wait.html?_r=2

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E-readers grow; libraries can't get many titles

E-readers grow; libraries can't get many titles | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The popularity of e-readers is soaring, but good luck finding that hot new title at your library. Most large publishers refuse to sell critical portions of their digital catalogs for library lending, and those that do are imposing stiff fees and onerous rules.

 

The nature of digital books gives publishers a new opportunity to assert greater control through technology, terms of service and pricing power. Libraries can't simply buy the virtual books and hand them out in the way they can with physical ones.

 

Read more about this issue here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/17/BUCP1NLI18.DTL

 

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Check an E-Book Out From the Library

Check an E-Book Out From the Library | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"While there are plenty of reasons to like an e-reader, one of the big promises is the ability to borrow e-books from a library. Being able to borrow any book, any time you want; you wouldn't even have to physically trudge to the library to do so. No ratty dead tree books that are missing pages or — even worse — despoiled by some unidentified, but decidedly nasty splotches that a previous patron thoughtfully left behind. No being subjected to 'clever' graffiti or notes in the margins, no worries about catching a debilitating disease that you're convinced is lurking within a particularly worn-looking book and no late fees. In fact, no returns at all. The borrowed e-book will automagically return itself when time is up, saving you having to lug it to the library and feed it into the return slot. "

 

Read more about the complexities of checking out ebooks from the library here: http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Check_an_E-Book_Out_From_the_Library

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Library.nu, Book Downloading Site, Targeted In Injunctions Requested By 17 Publishers

Library.nu, Book Downloading Site, Targeted In Injunctions Requested By 17 Publishers | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"A large coalition of publishing firms and related trade organizations has taken legal action against what the Association of American Publishers in Washington, D.C., described on Wednesday (15 Feb 2012) as "one of the largest pirate web-based businesses in the world"...

 

The book download portal Library.nu (formerly known as Gigapedia.com) and cyberlocker ifile.it appear to have ‘shut down’ voluntarily after a coalition of book publishers managed to get an injunction against the two sites. According to the complaint, the sites offered users access to 400,000 e-books and made more than $11 million in revenue in the process.

 

With the website Library.nu shut down, many Internet users were registering their disappointment on Reddit's online forums. Library.nu now redirects its visitors to Google Books. For its part, iFile.it was no longer allowing unregistered users to upload files.

 

Details here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/15/librarynu-book-downloading-injunction_n_1280383.html

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EBSCO Publishing Releases First eBook Subscription Offering — eBook Academic Subscription Collection™

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released its first subscription eBook collection. eBook Academic Subscription Collection™ supplies full-text eBooks covering a broad spectrum of academic subjects from business to science and engineering to the humanities. Nearly 70,000 titles are included in eBook Academic Subscription Collection.

 

Read more here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/EBSCOeBook/Academic/prweb9255338.htm

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Developing an E-Book Strategy: Now and For the Future

Developing an E-Book Strategy: Now and For the Future | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The demand for digital content is here, but it’s going to take some sound strategy to address all the issues that come with it.  This post offers some suggestions for ways in which libraries can become e-book-friendly.  "Whether you’ve gone all-in with OverDrive, loan out physical e-readers, or are pursuing alternatives, there are a number of steps you can take to make a claim in the e-book world. We’ll start with things you can do right away, and move into ideas that will require some long-term planning."

 

For more: http://publiclibrariesonline.org/exclusives/internet_spotlight/developing-e-book-strategy-now-and-future

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Random House makes history, says it will sell books to libraries with no restriction on number of loans

Random House makes history, says it will sell books to libraries with no restriction on number of loans | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"It’s one of those modern situations that no one in publishing ever imagined: Being at odds with librarians, the ultimate champions of literacy and literature. But that’s been the situation as publishers have tried to figure out how, exactly, to handle selling ebooks to libraries. I mean, the situation has always been perfectly straightforward: You sold a library a book and, when their patrons wore it out, you sold them another one. But no one foresaw books that wouldn’t wear out. How in the world do you price such a thing?"

 

Read more on this post here: http://mhpbooks.com/48837/random-house-takes-the-plunge-says-it-will-sell-books-to-libraries-with-no-restriction-on-number-of-loans/

 

View also a related post here: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/02/ebooks/random-house-reaffirms-commitment-to-library-ebook-lending-while-raising-prices-to-wholesalers/

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iLibrarian » 5 e-Book Collections with Over 100,000 Free e-Books

iLibrarian » 5 e-Book Collections with Over 100,000 Free e-Books | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Now that we have so many devices that enable us to read e-Books with ease, even those who were initially skeptical have now jumped on the e-Book bandwagon. Whether you have an iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Nook, or smartphone, you will find free e-Books which are compatible with your device on these websites. Here are 5  e-Book collections which contain over 100,000 free ebooks.

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The Future Of Libraries In The E-Book Age : NPR

How will libraries survive the digital revolution? Publishers and librarians alike are trying to dream up new business models now that e-books are all the rage.
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