Last summer, Library Journal and School Library Journal conducted an eBook survey for libraries. The survey was designed to measure current and projected ebook availability in libraries, user preferences in terms of access and subjects, and library purchasing terms and influences. They included an academic, public, and school library version of the survey. Hundreds of questions were asked and hundreds of libraries responded. The results of those surveys were published in November, 2010 in three separate reports. The executive summaries of each are available on the Library Journal site (and linked below), and full reports are available for purchase. There were 1,842 respondents, broken down to 364 academic, 781 public, and 697 school libraries. I’ve captured some of the data to share with you, but the reports are full of additional information on budgets, marketing, barriers to adoption, patron preference, and much, much more. A primer on ebook readers and formats is in the appendix of each full report. Thanks to Josh Hadro at Library Journal for sharing the reports with me and allowing me to publish some of the data here on No Shelf Required. Continue reading Library Journal Publishes Library eBook Survey Results – Sample Data Here
Very interesting blog post at ireaderreview.com on why Amazon will never work with libraries. The blog is not an official Kindle site, and the writer is portraying his views from a big business perspective, so keep this in mind before you shoot through the roof with anger, librarians. The comments are colorful as well, and worth a look. Let’s say this IS true, and Amazon will never work with libraries. Does this change your attitude toward loaning Kindles and buying content from Amazon to support the Kindles? If nook, SONY, Kobo, and others are better suited for library content, would you rather buy, loan and promote these devices in your library? I would.
ALA Midwinter 2011: ALCTS Panel Considers the Impact of Patron-Driven Acquisition on Selection and Collections
Amazon Kindle E-Reader Sales Will Keep Growing in 2011: 10 Reasons Why – Mobile and Wireless – News & Reviews – eWeek.com
For those of you interested in eBook statistics related to libraries, this looks like a good candidate.
Primary Research Group has published Library Use of eBooks 2011 Edition, ISBN # 157440-157-2.
The report presents 145 pages of data and commentary on a broad range of eBook issues, including: spending on eBooks in 2010 and anticipated spending for 2011; use levels of various kinds of eBooks; market penetration by various specific eBook publishers; extent of use of aggregators vs offering by specific publishers; purchasing of individual titles; use of various channels of distribution such as traditional book jobbers and leading retail/internet based booksellers; use of eBooks in course reserves and interlibrary loan; impact of eBooks on print book spending; use of eBooks in integrated search; price increases for eBooks; contract renewal rates for eBooks; use of special eBook platforms for smartphones and tablet computers; spending plans and current use of eBook reader such as Nook, Reader and Kindle; the role played by library consortia in eBooks; Continue reading Primary Research Group releases Library Use of eBooks 2011 Edition
I attended this fabulous and informative session during the Charleston Conference on building an eReader collection by Aisha Harvey, Nancy Gibbs, and Natalie Sommerville of Duke University Libraries. I wanted to run my notes past the presenters first, to ensure accuracy, thus the tardiness of this post.
First and foremost, according to the librarians, the eReader lending program is a team approach and impacts every aspect of the way we build collections in libraries – access, selection, cataloging, ref, circ, etc.
Aisha Harvey, head of collections spoke first and provided an overview of the program. Details: began circ of kindles in January of this year, began with 18 kindles and then added 6 addition ones and 15 nooks. Kindle has 1:6 title distribution on the kindle. So, they call 6 kindles a “pod” and purchase multiple pods. Pay $10 per title and share with 6 devices, average of $2.00 per title. Continue reading Building an eReader Collection, the Duke University Library experience
I missed this last Friday, sorry for the long list.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers. Ken is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and offered a great deal of information during the interview. It’s about 25 minutes in length, so I strongly encourage you to download the file before listening due to it’s size. Ken provided us with a great list of resources for various aspects of eBook accessibility, which are below. Thanks Ken!
NSR offers monthly interviews with librarians, publishers, and others involved in the eBook industry. Have a listen from the interviews page. Continue reading Accessibility and eBooks – Resources and an Interview
What if your eBook aggregator or perhaps the publisher with whom you now own over 5,000 eBook titles went belly up next week? What if OCLC and EBSCO never purchased NetLibrary, where would your titles have gone? Perhaps the 100 titles you’ve bought for your personal Kindle are no good when the device disappears due to newer technology. Are you concerned about accessing the eBook content you’ve purchased in perpetuity? Is the lack of eBook archiving preventing you from purchasing eBooks? Are Portico, LOCKSS, or CLOCKS suitable solutions for archiving eBooks? I’m looking for your opinions and concerns on eBook archiving for a Charleston Conference presentation on this very topic. Please leave your comments or send me a direct email at sue.polanka at wright.edu
I’m really curious about this, and reading a blog post from the Librarian in Black, which summarized a library futures event has gotten me even more curious.
Most public libraries who are lending eBook readers (at least those in the news) are loaning Kindles. Why aren’t they lending nook, Kobo, COOL-ER, and SONY readers? Kindle readers are not compatible with any of the library eBook aggregator content and require that libraries purchase titles again, in the Kindle format. But nook, Kobo, COOL-ER, and SONY readers ARE compatible with some OverDrive and NetLibrary titles because they are in Adobe Digital Editions or PDF formats. Am I missing something here? Isn’t is plausible that a public library with large OverDrive and NetLibrary collections could pre-load already purchased content onto a compatible device and lend the device and the title to the patron? The Kobo reader comes loaded with 100 free titles. Many free eBooks can be loaded onto these devices as well (even the Kindle is open to some of these).
Is it the fine print? Is it the content? Or is it lack of knowledge on devices? Your input on this issue is much appreciated.
A must read post from the Librarian in Black blog, Future of Libraries 2010: The Consumer and Library E-book Markets, offers a summation from 3 speakers at this event held in San Francisco on September 21st. They include Paul Sims, Ann Awakuni, and Henry Bankhead.
A few clips from the post:
Paul Sims, “He believes that eBooks have the potential to disrupt our ability to provide access to collections. He quoted the ALA Core Value about Access: “All information resources that are provided directly or indirectly by the library, regardless of technology, format, or methods of delivery, should be readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all library users.” eBooks are preventing us from meeting this core value.” Continue reading Future of Libraries 2010: The Consumer and Library E-book Markets