Expanding eBooks: Purchasing and lending at Canadian public libraries

Expanding eBooks: Purchasing and lending at Canadian public libraries – by Christina de Castell, Vancouver Public Library, for the eContent Task Force, Canadian Urban Libraries Council. August 2011

The paper provides background to the conversation between publishers and libraries, explaining the current issues with providing eBooks in Canadian libraries and identifying areas where libraries’ experience with electronic resources can assist in developing new models. The paper addresses pricing and licensing models have used for electronic products in the past, the current state of providing ebooks in Canadian libraries, and the size of the public library market based on the spending of members of CULC/CBUC.

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