Mad World of eBooks, part two – ALA discussion

For the introductory material on the session, please see part one of this blog post.

Second group – Lenny Allen, OUP, Erin Igoe, Cambridge UP, Tony Horava, OCUL, Joy Kirchner, COPPUL

  • Lenny – budget and workflow are concerns, always looking a year in advance.
  • Erin – CBO general ebook platform focused on perpetual access of titles; forthcoming developments – digital collections from Cambridge Libary, New Cambridge history of Islam; discussing the best use of delivering print materials in a digital format that will be most useful, relevant and user friendly.  Always looking at discoverability and functionality, they really want to be at the simultaneous release of p and e, it’s the workflow issue that is holding things up.  Lots of opportunities for ILL, PDA, metadata (better and more consistent fashion), use reports. Suggests that librarians keep pushing the envelope with publishers.
  • Tony – critical component of CD is knowing the release of p and e versions and which distribution channels will be used.  Mobile access in the future will be important, what will the impact of ebook readers be on pricing, availability and usability of ebooks? Looking 5 – 10 years out, what will be the balance of print vs. electronic books, are rumors of the death of print exaggerated?  eBook pricing is ambiguous, what will it be based on – hardback or another benchmark? Lots of experimentation with consortial pricing, he thinks many of the models will fall by the wayside b/c they aren’t sustainable, the best ones will succeed. Opportunities: paradigm shift from print to e; doing away with DRM; local hosting and perpetual access; ePUB format – how will this work and what implications will this have on the use of books; open access monographs – what are sustainable options?; expanding the value of ebooks – more collaborative use, ILL, etc.
  • Joy – ebooks are not ejournals and pricing should reflect this; Joy supports creative negotiations and experiments with pricing.  They are looking at ebook use and determining what is good use.  They need to justify their spending for everything, need to be relevant to users and support institutional goals, collections need to be based on these principals.  Looking for platform neutral models.  Other concerns – findability, preservation, mobile use, DRM. Curious if publishers are looking at ways to capture the more social publishing tools – blogs, etc.

Group three (see part three) – Becky Clark, Johns Hopkins, Alex Holzman, Temple UP, Rob Kairis and Kay Downey, OhioLINK