Catching up with the twitter search on #ebooks and #libraries today finds ebooks and libraries very much in the spotlight outside the library world with these stories from commercial news pages:
- BBC Business News broad ranging story Paperless public libraries switch to digital starts with a report on Bexar County (Texas) Library’s bookless Bibliotech and follows it up with a discussion of the move to ebooks in libraries, the issues libraries face with publishers, and finally a discussion of library closures in the UK. The Bibliotech contines to attract attention with a story in the LA Times Paperless Public Library to Open in Texas
- USA Today showcases the pros and cons of ereaders in a brief piece entitled The divide between two book ends: Print, digital (and ABC News (Australia) also has a piece on the development of ebooks – Australian publishers say the book is not dead, it is being redefined by new technology)
- The Tennessean features an opinion piece from Tre Hargett, Tennessee’s secretary of state E-books present new chapter for libraries, publishers to solve in which he reiterates the value of libraries:
Libraries are places that cultivate a love of reading. The people who borrow books from libraries are more likely to later buy books on their own. The same principle should apply to e-books, particularly if people borrow e-books from libraries to become more comfortable with the new format before making purchasing decisions
and calls for libraries and publishers to work together :
I am optimistic publishers and libraries will be able to make the necessary adjustments, just as they have in response to other challenges they have faced together through the years. However, to make the transition as smooth as possible, the time to start planning for those adjustments is now.
- The New York Daily News Books Blog “Page Views” article The move from paper to digital outlined in ‘Out of Print’ documentary reviews the 55 minute film Out of print from one-time librarian and director Vivienne Roumani which has been shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival. The film –
draws us into the topsy-turvy world of the written word, illuminating the turbulent, exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution. Writers, publishers, readers all in flux. Booksellers closing shop. Librarians and teachers seeking new roles. (IMDB summary)
Pointing a finger at the parents and teachers who have the power to affect the habits of the next generation, Roumani warns not of a dystopian future without books, but of one without readers. And although it’s never dwelled upon for more than a few moments, it is “Out of Print’s” most profound proclamation. (Jeva Lange, NY Daily News Books Blog “Page Views”)
Finally a couple of short posts from the Library blogsphere:
- Library blogger David Lee King provides a succinct roundup of the current situation with major ebook vendors in The big six – where we stand at the moment
- while Pegasus Librarian gives an example of the difficulty that current e-book licencing can create for scholars wishing to access obscure sources in Well THAT’S Inconvenient: Academic Ebooks Strike Again.
As is often the case, it’s worth taking a look at the comments section following many of these articles and posts…