Understanding Ebooks: The Challenges and the Possibilities
A 90-minute workshop
Thursday, May 25, 2017, 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central/12:30 p.m. Mountain/11:30 a.m. Pacific
The popularity of e-books exploded with the emergence of tablets and e-readers like the Kindle and has risen steadily ever since. For librarians, this growth has meant the development of a new area of service and content delivery. For the librarian who is new to e-books and e-readers, this can be intimidating. Where do you start? How can you learn what you need to know to provide the services that your patrons expect?
In this new workshop, Mirela Roncevic, director of No Shelf Required, a well-known site on e-books and e-content in libraries and beyond, will help you get started. Roncevic will cover e-books from every angle, giving a practical overview of the e-book landscape that’s easy to follow no matter your experience working with e-books or e-book vendors.
Looking at both the academic and public library realms, Roncevic will cover a variety of topics, including
- Current and emerging e-book platforms and lending services
- Advantages and disadvantages of various e-book business models
- Dominant players in the e-book market
- Criteria for purchasing products
- Channels to explore beyond traditional library vendors and publishers
- The self-publishing phenomenon and the opportunities it affords libraries
- Groundbreaking e-book initiatives that place libraries at the heart of public life
You will learn how to navigate different types of e-books, understand their technical aspects, and fully grasp key issues surrounding e-books in libraries today. You will also be invited to engage in a discussion about the future of e-books with the following considerations:
- Will libraries be able to keep up with the sheer volume of e-content produced and sold?
- Have existing e-book business models created more chaos and driven readers away from (not toward) e-books?
- How aware are we that most of the world’s books in digital format remain undiscovered?
- Are publishers’ fears of electronic content competing with print content justified?
- Have libraries and publishers done enough to educate the public about the benefits of e-books and constantly improving technologies?
- Have libraries and library vendors considered all viable options when it comes to how readers consume e-books via libraries?
- How can libraries be more proactive in their efforts to create more sustainable and appealing conditions for e-book reading in libraries?