I missed this last Friday, sorry for the long list.
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
From an OverDrive press release:
OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will demonstrate digital book downloads available from America’s public libraries at the 2010 National Book Festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) on Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This high-tech 18-wheeler and mobile exhibit offers hands-on demonstrations of download services available 24/7 from more than 11,000 libraries worldwide.
Digital Bookmobile visitors will be able to browse a library’s download website; sample eBooks, digital audiobooks, music, and video on interactive PC and Mac® computer stations; learn how to download; and test compatible devices including the Sony® Reader, nookâ„¢, iPod®, Zune®, and Smartphonesall loaded with digital titles from the library. Continue reading OverDrive will demo digital downloads at National Book Festival
The Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study from ALA’s Office for Research and Statistics just released their 2009-10 statistics. Included in this report was U.S. public libraries providing access to ebooks – which was 65.9%
A sampling of the % of Libraries Providing E-Books In:
- New York–71%
Note: Since e-books are listed in the Internet category we’re assuming these are books downloaded off the Internet from services like OverDrive, Safari, NetLibrary, Books 24Ã—7, ebrary, and others. We’re trying to find out how these numbers and ones to come will count books downloaded once to a Kindle, iPad, nook, or other device and then loaned to many users.
Thanks to Resource Shelf for this information.
Barnes & Noble’s nook study is now available for download for both PC’s and MACs. It’s a free software to assist with studying and comes with 50% off list price for digital textbooks, 1 millions eBooks and eTextbooks, 7 day free trial on ebooks.
Barnes and Noble for Sale. There’s a ton of articles on this already. Here are a few:
What will become of the nook? I think this right here is a perfect example of why libraries are still skeptical of ebooks. They fear that companies will go out of business and that books purchased will either not be available (if web based) or the device they’ve invested in disappears.
Overdrive conducted a study of public library users of audiobooks, surveying 5 of their busiest sites. The results concluded that audiobook listeners were:
- 74% of users are female, between the ages of 30-59.
- Nearly 70% have a college and/or postgraduate degree.
- 60% learned about the download service from the library’s website (if our past blog posts and training sessions weren’t enough to get you to promote on your website, hopefully this is!)
- 87% listen to audiobooks on an MP3 player, 44% of which are iPod users.
- 33% of users own an eBook reader (e.g., Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble nook)
For those who don’t own an eBook reader, 90% stated that compatibility of eBooks from the library is an important factor.
Hat tip to Resource Shelf
Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
The best is what I watched. Love this library video, a spoof on the Old Spice commercial from BYU, despite no mention of eBooks!
Practical Ebook Formatting: Limitations and Optimizations – Joshua Tallent (Ebook Architects) and Phil Frank (Hendrickson)
- TOC Conference, Monday, Feb. 22nd 9 – 12:30, Mariott Marquis, NYC
- About 200 folks in the room, 1/2 do the ebook formatting on a regular basis, 1/2 are managing people who do this, and me.
- I decided to attend this session b/c I know nothing about it 😉 Please keep this in mind as you read my notes. Continue reading Tools of Change – Practical Ebook Formatting Workshop
Very cool news from OCLC/NetLibrary. Their e-books are now compatible with the Nook as well as the new SONY Daily Edition (they were already compatible with the 4 versions of SONY Readers). This is a real benefit for libraries who are looking for more e-reader options. It opens up so many potentials for patron downloads and the use of e-readers by libraries (for circulation). I hope to see other aggregators and publishers following suit and (fingers crossed) adding more textbooks to the mix. The press release from OCLC is below.
NetLibrary eBooks compatible with new Barnes & Noble nook, new ony Daily Edition and other popular eBook readers
140,000 eBook titles available for download to portable devices
Continue reading NetLibrary titles compatible with Nook and SONY Daily Edition
From an OverDrive Press Release:
OverDrive Expands International Distribution for eBooks & Audiobooks
Leading booksellers and libraries in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Norway, and the UK join global network
(Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2010) — Consumer Electronics Show — OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the global leader in eBook and audiobook distribution, announced today that it recently entered into agreements with top booksellers, publishers, and libraries on five continents. OverDrive will demonstrate its global network and success in enabling access to 400,000 digital books on popular devices, including PC, Mac®, iPod®, iPhone®, Zune®, Sony® Readerâ„¢, nookâ„¢, and DROIDâ„¢ by Motorola®, at CES booth #12145 on January 7-10, 2010.
Continue reading OverDrive Expands International Distribution for eBooks & Audiobooks
Time and Tools Are Ripe for On-Demand Acquisitions, Say Charleston Speakers – 11/12/2009 – Library Journal
Institutional Subscriptions to Google Books with Advertising? Google Won’t Rule It Out – 10/12/2009 – Library Journal
I attended the Adobe eBook Platform webinar today. Some notes and thoughts are below:
Dave Dickson, Product Manager, was the primary speaker
Publishers want to produce eBooks in a single file format, but consumers want to purchase the eBook in the format of their choice
Adobe’s role – to be an enabler. Publishers author in either pdf or epub, use adobe’s content server 4 (pdf,epub) and deliver in either adobe digital editions or the reader mobile software for multiple devices. Continue reading Adobe eBook Platform Webinar