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Do E-Reader Owners Read More Books? [INFOGRAPHIC] - OEDB.org
So you want to start a Kindle lending program | code4lib Update: With the introduction of Whispercast, the ability to register a device from the Amazon website using a serial number has been removed. 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.
e-Book Formats and Devices Infographic - OEDB.org I’ve been researching e-Books for my library and an upcoming talk I’m giving at a conference and I’ve noticed that not all e-book formats are compatible with all devices. As a matter of fact, it seems that most devices have their own set of formats that it reads and these are rarely congruous with other readers. To help sort this all out I’ve taken a crack at creating my first infographic which displays the most popular devices used for reading e-Books and which of the most popular formats they can read.
Library eBooks Part I looked at how the big six, now the big five, publishers licensed their books to libraries using three different vendors. 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. ebooks - Library eBooks Part II: The Fully Illustrated Guide to Borrowing eBooks
For those libraries looking to purchase e-books, you are not alone. 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? A Guide to Ebook Purchasing
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. 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.
In their efforts to implement ebooks, school libraries face a set of challenges that differ from those confronting their public and academic counterparts. 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. Ebooks and School Libraries
Or get out at least until there is a better system? I know what you are going to say, I can hear it already – “We can’t! Our patrons demand ebooks!” Should Libraries Get Out of the eBook Business?
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. 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?
(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. Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 and Freading from Library Ideas have already been profiled. This story provides an environmental scan.) According to a survey conducted by the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) in the summer of 2011, 39 percent of public libraries had not begun to offer downloadable media service (ebooks, audiobooks, movies) to their communities. A Primer on Ebooks for Libraries Just Starting With Downloadable Media — The Digital Shift
Electronic books–that still sounds strange to me, like electronic cigarettes or fast food. 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. Ebooks and libraries–an uneasy relationship « @ the library
The Kindle is missing a pretty important feature – support for library books. 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? Will Kindle ever add support for library books? « Kindle Review – Kindle 3 Review, Kindle vs Nook
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%.
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. Bestselling authors call for library ebook lending - District Dispatch
The eBook User’s Bill of Rights The eBook User’s Bill of Rights is a statement of the basic freedoms that should be granted to all eBook users. The eBook User’s Bill of Rights Every eBook user should have the following rights: the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitationsthe right to access eBooks on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user choosesthe right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyrightthe right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, allowing the eBook owner the right to retain, archive, share, and re-sell purchased eBooks
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 (Unglue.it), 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. Ebooks Choices and the Soul of Librarianship
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