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DCL Ebook Report for April 2014

Here is the DCL Ebook Report for April 2014 from Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries. Click here.

There seem to be two points of interest in this report.

Tick Tock, Book Boox

A vendor somewhere had to try this approach: metered reading. And now someone has.

Yoav Lorch is the engaging and insightful CEO of an Israeli company called Total Boox. I met with him at PLA in March, and got a guided tour of his product. 

Sony to Kobo to ...?

Back in 2009 I received a Sony ebook reader for Christmas. The PRS-600 (such poetry in the name!) worked, kind of. But it has sat at my bedside untouched for years, replaced by the iPad and a Nexus 7, both of which are considerably easier to use and read.

An American in Paris

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of talking about US library ebook lending at the Salon du Livre—the Paris Book Fair.

Will a Straw Poll Save Miami-Dade Public Library?

Voters in Miami-Dade County, Florida, may get a chance this summer to weigh in on whether they are willing to pay higher property taxes in order to fill a $20 million FY2015 deficit that would decimate public library services. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A.

Women Making Library History

During Women’s History Month, it’s become traditional to celebrate the contributions of deceased women to scholarship and society. American Libraries has certainly done its share of articles about historic library figures over the years such as Mary Letitia Jones and Sadie Peterson Delaney (PDF files).

DCWG at PLA

Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library Director Sari Feldman and Multnomah County (Oreg.) Library Director Vailey Oehlke represented ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) at last week’s Public Library Association Conference in Indianapolis.

SXSW upon Reflection

It’s been several days since I left Austin and headed to Indianapolis for the 2014 Public Library Association Conference. Though I don’t think I’ll ever be finished reflecting on my time at SXSW Interactive 2014, I do want to take a moment to write a bit more about why being a part of SXSW was personally and professionally rewarding.

Pew Charts the Motivations of Library Lovers and Distant Admirers

In a new report issued March 13, the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project has explored the motivations behind the relationships that American adults have with their public libraries. “Rather than describe the basic library usage of various groups, as we’ve done in the past,” Kathryn Zickuhr, the report, titled “From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers—and Beyond,” examines what traits go along with different levels of engagement with libraries and the library habits and views people have in common.

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