Two great articles in Library Journal yesterday.Â The first article summarized the comments of Josh Marwell, president of sales at Harper Collins regarding the 26 check-out rule.Â Marwell sat on a panel as part of “eBooks: Collections at the Crossroads,” a symposium organized by the Connecticut Library Consortium (#clctrendspotting, #clcebooks).
Clip from article:
“Is 26 set in stone? No. It’s our number for now, but we want to hear back. Immediately. Honestly, it doesn’t make sense that one size fits all. We consider it a work in progress. But this is the number that we have now,” he said.
“I invite you to test the water. Use it. Give us feedback. We’re in the water. We want to be here,” he said, noting that the company wants to sell ebooks to libraries and has been doing so for ten years. Marwell pointed out that HarperCollins has been hearing “quietly” from some librarians who are going to see how the new policy works for them.
“We try to be intelligent about our policy,” he said. “And when we landed on 26, the information that we had was that most books don’t circulate 26 times. In terms of the long tail, this particular number probably works for a different part of the collection. We realize it doesn’t work for the best sellers.” Continue reading “26” not set-in stone, OverDrive challenged on access fees
COSLA, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, conducted a study on the future of eBooks and eBook readers in public library.Â 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.
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