I missed this report when it was released back in December, 2011 by COSLA, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies. According to a survey of state libraries from the summer of 2011, 39% of public libraries reported offering no downloadable media service – no ebooks, no audiobooks, and no videos.
Here is more from the press release:
The Chief Officers of State Library agencies recently surveyed their membership to determine the extent to which U.S. public libraries are offering downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and videos for use on portable devices like e-readers and smartphones.
The results of the survey, conducted this summer, showed that 39% of public libraries in the U.S. had not yet begun to offer downloadable media service to their communities, a matter of great concern to state librarians. Continue reading 39% of U.S. Public Libraries without e-books
Saturday, January 8th, ALA’s Washington Office is presenting, Turning the Page on E-books, a moderated discussion on the challenges and opportunities for libraries and their patrons from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the Convention Center, Room 02. Panelists and speakers include: Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive; Tom Peters, CEO of TAP Information Sources (huge contributor to the COSLA Report); Rich Weingarten, information technology and policy consultant, and Sue Polanka, moderator of No Shelf Required. Come and join the discussion.
I’m posting this because the COSLA report and some of the speakers at the eBook Summit yesterday believe that libraries should become self-publishers in an effort to increase their viability in the community and bring the community to the 21st century world. Infinity is a vibrant, self-publishing company. Perhaps we can learn something or start collaborating with companies like Infinity Publishing.
Infinity Publishing, a pioneer in self-publishing, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Sony to make Infinity eBooks available for purchase on Sony’s Reader Storeâ„¢.
Infinity’s eBooks will now be available for sale on Sony’s Reader Store, from which readers can download eBooks in open-standard formats that can be viewed on various eBook reading devices, including Sony’s Reader. Continue reading Self-Publishing Company, Infinity Publishing, to Distribute eBooks via SONY Reader Store
COSLA, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, conducted a study on the future of eBooks and eBook readers in public library. Their findings and suggestions:
- low cost, library friendly devices will not be a problem
- improve library purchasing power through consortia
- pursue eReader certification by libraries
- investigate discovery services like Internet Archive’s Book Server
- be champions of self-publishing and feature these offerings in collections
- research pricing/sales to determine that library eBooks are not a threat to a publisher’s bottom line
- gain awareness of copyright and fair use issues that may threaten their services
- repurpose their space (less print titles) and consider new services
The COSLA eReader Task Force was led by Oregon State Librarian Jim Scheppke. Other members were California State Librarian Stacey Aldrich, Kansas State Librarian Jo Budler, and Massachusetts State Librarian, Rob Maier. They worked with Eva Miller of Pinpoint Logic, a Portland-based research and design consulting firm, and Tom Peters of TAP Information Services, and Kansas-based library consulting firm.
Hat tip to Resource Shelf