Solving the Digital Loan Problem: Can Library Lending of eBooks be a Win-Win for Publishers and libraries?
Ruth Liebmann, Random House, Micah Bowers, BlueFire Reader, Katie Dunneback, Librarian and Consultant
Katie set the stage with a broad introduction to libraries. Â The people inside give the libraries meaning. Libraries develop relationships with their customers and advise on books to read (readers advisory). Libraries are discovery centers through the readers advisory services. Â Libraries are where individuals experiment with new formats at low investment. Â Libraries can help save the reader time. Â Katie suggested ways that publishers can benefit from libraries, particularly by introducing slicker DRM and using the sills of MLS librarians who know cataloging and metadata. Â Katie then demonstrated a 21 step process to download a public library ebook and download it to an eReader device. Â Katie walked us through the readers advisory process, describing how she interviews patrons on their likes/dislikes of an author and recommend similar authors/series. Â She also discusses eReaders with patrons and provided us with a list of eReader topics that she discussed with 2 patrons the previous week. Â Topics included: Â price, lighting, territorial rights, covers, library access, etc. Continue reading TOC – Solving the Digital Loan Problem: Can Library Lending of eBooks be a Win-Win for Publishers and libraries?