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ALA at the Sharjah International Book Fair

The American Library Association’s (ALA) largest international professional development event wrapped November 13 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), with hundreds of librarians gathering at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) for the first SIBF/ALA Library Conference. Librarians from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Iraq, Jordan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE and other countries, attended the free two-day professional development and networking event; 425 pre-registered and around 400 signed up onsite.

DCL Ebook Report for October 2014

Here’s your monthly fix of ebook price comparisons, compliments of the Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries Ebook Report. This kind of data is critical in supporting our arguments that ebooks cost darn too much.

Macmillan’s Ebooks Now Available to Library Consortia

OverDrive announced this week that Macmillan has lifted its restriction on licensing its ebooks to library consortia. Of the Big 5, only Hachette now has any restriction on consortium access and they continue to evaluate consortia on a case-by-case basis.

Alison Lazarus, Macmillan Sales Division president, confirmed in an email that the publisher has been working with its vendors to amend their agreements to permit licensing to consortia.

I’ll Take the Book Shaken, Not Stirred

D.C. Public Library kicked off Banned Books Week in style this year by hosting an exclusive after-hours rendezvous that included a musical orchestra and the unveiling of a series of indoor and outdoor art installations created by local artists. Roughly 300 people attended "UNCENSORED: The Preview Party," which launches "UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition," a temporary public art event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

The Gates Legacy

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation seems to be getting out of the world of libraries, which is a shame. One result of their investments has been the fascinating research conducted by the Pew Research Center.

Judging an Ebook by its Cover

It doesn’t matter if a book is paper or pixels: Covers matter. We are drawn to images, and the brighter and more appealing the image, the more briskly the book circulates.

But there’s a problem. For many public domain, Creative Commons, and self-published works, no image is available. And so libraries sometimes use totally generic covers—the title of the book with a book or film icon to indicate format, for instance.

But it’s boring and works against the discovery of appealing titles.

DCL Ebook Report September 2014

Read the Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries Ebook Report as a PDF file.

There are some distinct oddities in this month's report.

On the library pricing for print, Ingrams seems consistently cheaper than Baker & Taylor. And in one case (Dragonfly in Amber) Baker & Taylor charges twice as much.

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