E-Content

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.

Ann Arbor Has Spirit

I was pleased to see this March 26 article in CNN Money about the Ann Arbor (Mich.) District Library’s partnership with indie record label Ghostly International. In brief, the library will offer Ghostly’s entire digital catalog (and that of associated Spectral Sound), for free, to local library patrons. The songs can be streamed or downloaded, without DRM.

There are five things I like about this effort.

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.

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.

DCL Ebook Report for March 2014

Dear Librarians,

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

This month I pose the following challenges:

Ebooks in Connecticut on the Move

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in a statewide eBook symposium hosted by the Connecticut State Library and held at the University of Hartford.

The Price Is Right at Unite for Literacy

How would you like 100 free ebooks for children, ready for immediate MARC upload to your catalog?

Librarians have long known our extraordinary contribution to early literacy. And research from 2010 tells us that one of the most powerful ways to lift children out of poverty through education is strikingly simple: Get 500 books in the home of a child between the ages of 0–5.

Sharing Ebooks on the Razor’s Edge

Academic libraries have a big hairy problem: Over the past decade or so, their budgets have shifted from buying materials to leasing them. Journals are the main budget killers, with some subscriptions—so vital to the scholarly life—costing $30,000 annually per title. Even the wealthiest university libraries can’t buy everything. In truth, they buy less and less.

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