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Do E-Reader Owners Read More Books? [INFOGRAPHIC] The Ultimate Guide to Publishing Your eBook on Amazon’s Kindle Platform. So you want to start a Kindle lending program. Update: With the introduction of Whispercast, the ability to register a device from the Amazon website using a serial number has been removed.

So you want to start a Kindle lending program

It pretty much takes the best part of the following process and throws it in the trash. Bummer. This article is about Kindle ebook readers. The actual hardware Kindles and not the iOS app, Android app, web reader, or Kindle Fire. Just the good old Kindle hardware reader. Lending out Kindles to patrons may, on the surface, seem like a really easy thing to do and undoubtedly there is a lot of excitement with regards to using “technology” in the library. E-Book Formats and Devices Infographic. Ebooks - Library eBooks Part II: The Fully Illustrated Guide to Borrowing eBooks. Library eBooks Part I looked at how the big six, now the big five, publishers licensed their books to libraries using three different vendors.

ebooks - Library eBooks Part II: The Fully Illustrated Guide to Borrowing eBooks

Some of the publishers have decided to offer their collections on all three platforms while others are only using one or two. Libraries then select one or more of the platforms to offer the books to their patrons. As a result, your library may only offer OverDrive, which only carries books from some, but not all, of the publishers. As in all new industries there is a period of time in which confusion and chaos seem to reign, and for my money, that is what we are seeing in the world of the publisher/platform/library. Further confusion is created since not all three platforms support all readers, Kindle being not fully supported in two out of three of the platforms. Only OverDrive fully supports Kindle, Axis 360 provides an app for the Kindle Fire only and the 3M Cloud Library doesn't support any reading on a Kindle. A Guide to Ebook Purchasing.

For those libraries looking to purchase e-books, you are not alone.

A Guide to Ebook Purchasing

According to the Library Journal 2011 survey of ebook penetration and use in libraries, 95% of academic, 82% of public, and 44% of school libraries are already offering ebooks, and many more are considering it. 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? Threats to Digital Lending. When the Kansas Digital Library Consortium’s contract with digital-content distributor OverDrive was up for renewal last year, two issues made Kansas State Librarian Joanne Budler decide it was time to move on and transfer the ebook titles to another vendor who could offer a better deal.

Threats to Digital Lending

First, OverDrive planned to raise license fees by almost 700% by 2014. But even more disturbing was a change to the contract that would have changed the consortium’s ownership of the ebooks to a subscription. OverDrive said that the libraries had only leased access; they did not own the books, and therefore could not retain access when they changed providers. Ebooks and School Libraries. In their efforts to implement ebooks, school libraries face a set of challenges that differ from those confronting their public and academic counterparts.

Ebooks and School Libraries

In addition to the struggle they share with other types of libraries to offer current bestselling fiction ebooks, school libraries are also working to secure backlist fiction, curriculum-focused nonfiction, and multiple copies of books for group use. At the same time, however, they are fortunate to have a strong working relationship with many different publishers and vendors that work within the K–12 market. To better explore these challenges and advantages, it helps to consider a few different school library ebook-use scenarios. A common desire in K–12 buildings is to adopt ebook readers as a replacement for costly and heavy printed texts.

An English department that considered making this change was stymied by the lack of availability of some of the texts on their reading list. Ebooks-in-education. Should Libraries Get Out of the eBook Business? Or get out at least until there is a better system?

Should Libraries Get Out of the eBook Business?

I know what you are going to say, I can hear it already – “We can’t! Our patrons demand ebooks!” Except the truth is our patrons want a lot of things we can’t give them – to always be first on the waiting list for the new James Patterson, to not pay fines when their books are late, for the library to be open earlier or later, or to have a system besides Dewey because despite using it their entire lives they still cannot figure it out.

When it comes to ebooks, we cannot give them what they want, not really, we cannot give them books from Simon and Schuster or MacMillian or new books from Penguin or Hatchet, and not more than 26 times from HarperCollins, and probably not many books from Random House. What we can do, what maybe we should do, is spend their tax money wisely, and I am no longer convinced that spending it on the current ebook system is a wise move. The Demand: First let’s look at the demand. The Supply The Process A Mess. Calling Timeout on Library eBook Integration. Forgive me if I don’t applaud the announcement that Penguin has returned try out a library eBook lending program with the New York Public Library.

Calling Timeout on Library eBook Integration

I know I’m going to eat my own words since I’m someone who really wants publishers and libraries to experiment with different eBook lending models, but I can’t say that the starting point for this experiment is exactly what I had in mind. Six months embargo on new releases and titles that expire after a year? At least the price is projected close to retail for, well, I don’t know what. A Mission: Impossible style file that self destructs after it has fulfilled its purpose? I don’t see anything about the lending portion of it so I’m wondering if it is still the ‘one book one person’ model (which would be my guess) or something new and different. A Primer on Ebooks for Libraries Just Starting With Downloadable Media. (Library Journal is presenting a series of articles, Exploring Ebook Options, that takes an indepth look at some of the ebook platforms that are now in the marketplace.

A Primer on Ebooks for Libraries Just Starting With Downloadable Media

Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 and Freading from Library Ideas have already been profiled. This story provides an environmental scan.) Ebooks and libraries–an uneasy relationship « @ the library. Electronic books–that still sounds strange to me, like electronic cigarettes or fast food.

Ebooks and libraries–an uneasy relationship « @ the library

Almost an oxymoron–electronic books are two words strung together that have nothing to do with each other by themselves, but put them together and voila! But oxymoron or not, ebooks are here so we better get used to them. Here are some of the facts about the library’s relationship with ebooks and what we have seen thus far.

Our circulation records show that out of all the items people check out at the Radford Public Library, ebooks comprise 3% of the total figure. Will Kindle ever add support for library books? « Kindle Review – Kindle 3 Review, Kindle vs Nook. The Kindle is missing a pretty important feature – support for library books.

Will Kindle ever add support for library books? « Kindle Review – Kindle 3 Review, Kindle vs Nook

It is a feature that’s a bit overhyped - most libraries don’t have a super-impressive range of books, you have to wait for your turn, and so forth. However, it’s still an important feature. Courtesy Kathy we get this question - Do you feel there is any hope at all that Kindle will ever allow library books? Navigating the Ebook Revolution. It’s here. Long heralded, the e-revolution has finally arrived in the form of rapid adoption of e-reader devices. It seems safe to assume that by the end of 2012, public libraries may be directing as much as 20% of their collection budgets to digital content. By the end of three years, it may be closer to 50%. Bestselling authors call for library ebook lending - District Dispatch.

Jodi Picoult helped kick off the campaign. Today, Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association, announced the launch of “Authors for Library Ebooks,” a new initiative that asks authors to stand with libraries in their quest for equitable access to e-books. Bestselling authors Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. The eBook User’s Bill of Rights. Ebooks Choices and the Soul of Librarianship. Over the last few years, as a fifth of American adults have gotten ereaders, ebooks have transformed the book market and reading landscape. The library market is no exception. There’s now an array of established vendors and emerging options for libraries to choose from in order to deliver ebooks to patrons. In my job as the librarian at one of the emerging options (, I’ve seen the pros and cons of various models, and thought about what those mean. Here’s my conclusion: ebook models make us choose.

And I don’t mean choosing which catalog, or interface, or set of contract terms we want — though we do make those choices, and they matter. Andromeda Yelton is one of the founding members of Unglue.It. Libraries, patrons, and e-books. Released: June 22, 2012 By Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie, Kristen Purcell, Mary Madden and Joanna Brenner 12% of readers of e-books borrowed an e-book from the library in the past year.

Why Your Library May Not Have the E-Book You Want. Organizing eBooks. Why Libraries Need to Adopt a Paid Membership Program for Country Wide Access to eBooks. How to Talk to Your Patrons About Penguin & Other Publishers Not Loaning eBooks to Libraries. E-Books, Libraries and Democracy. What You Can Do about Ebooks and Libraries. Big Six eBooks in libraries, a comparison chart.