Ebooks in the news – a round up from Twitter

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:

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.

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:

As is often the case, it’s worth taking a look at the comments section following many of these articles and posts…

Two more via Twitter – “WMF panel: libraries need national e-lending model” & “OverDrive Launches Digital Library Champions Contest”

Today’s twitter search on #ebooks and #libraries brings us the following:

The Bookseller reports on UK policy group Westminster Forum Projects‘ Westminster Media Forum on publishing.  Highlights included Tim Coates, CEO of e-book company Bilbary suggesting a patron driven model allowing “readers to access books from a national catalogue, with the library paying a fee to the publisher for each loan“; Janene Cox, president of the Society of Chief Librarians, reporting that the Sieghart Review had found “remote e-lending has meant more people and more actual library visits, not less” and  Phil Bradley, president of CILIP, saying:

Libraries are about books as much as hospitals are about beds. In both cases they are integral to what is done—but libraries are not just about books . . . they are about reading—and in many respects, it doesn’t matter if [people] are reading a physical item or a digital copy.

Goodereader reports that major ebook platform provider Overdrive has launched a Digital Library Champions Contest.  

The contest centers around five different aspects of marketing and promotion and Overdrive is serious about libraries blazing their own trail and not being reliant on stock marketing materials.

Winners receive $500.00 in eBook credits, an e-Reader and promotion on their main website.

Twittersphere ebook news: “E-Books in European public libraries : lending rights and business models”; “Digital Content : What’s next”;

Today’s twitter search on #ebooks and #libraries brings us the following:

Dimensions in business models for public library e-lending which summarizes in tabular form the the variety of issues and options that libraries and library policy makers need to take into account when negotiating for ebooks and/or developing policies.

You can read a summary of the themes of this supplement in Jazzy Wright’s District Dispatch blog post How libraries are evolving in the new digital realm.

More ebook news from the Twittersphere – Ursula K Le Guin on “Why Your Library May Not Have the E-Book You Want” and ARL on ebook licencing

From the latest twitter search on #ebooks and #libraries –

Respected author Ursula K Le Guin has blogged on Why Your Library May Not Have the E-Book You Want and tells readers:

So, dear reader, if your library doesn’t have the e-book you’d like to read, please don’t complain to your librarian. Complain to your publisher. Tell him to wake up and get real.

Meanwhile at the academic end of the spectrum InfoDocket has led us to this paper:

E-book licencing and research libraries – negotiating priniples and price in an emerging market by Charles B Lowry and Julia C Blixrud

from the Association of  Research Libraries (ARL)  (IN Research Library Issues, no. 280 (September 2012)).  The article explains how they developed principles for ebook licencing  and includes a Research Library Statement on Ebooks

“Califa Launches Enki, a Lending Platform for Direct Ebook Distribution”

As reported in The Digital Shift the much anticipated open source ebook platform has arrived with the beta launch of Enki.

The Califa Library Group and Contra Costa County Library (CCCL) today officially announced the beta launch of Enki Library, a new ebook platform designed to host and lend library-managed ebooks using the Douglas County model. Named after the Sumerian god of mischief, creativity, and intelligence, Enki went live at CCCL and the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) on May 6, and will soon serve multiple libraries in California, beginning with members of the Bay Area Library and Information System (BALIS) consortium.

The Digital Shift, May 20 2013

As well as being

Named after the Sumerian god of mischief, creativity, and intelligence

Enki is also a rather nice anagram of e ink.

ebook news roundup – Connecticut Legislation, Ohio Advocacy, Apple and pricing, ebook sales

The latest news, courtesy of twitter (#ebooks and #libraries) and and other sources…

Patrick Losinski, CEO of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Kim Fender, Director of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library, recently briefed members of the Ohio Library Council with an overview of the current ebooks in libraries situation focusing on consumer access to titles.”

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit last year against Apple and six e-book publishers: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, and Simon & Schuster. The trial is scheduled to begin June 3 in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Apple has denied being part of any conspiracy,…

Approximately one in five books sold were e-books, which collectively accounted for $3 billion, or also about a fifth, of all trade publishing revenue, up 44.2% from 2011

“Tor Books says cutting DRM out of its e-books hasn’t hurt business”

ars technica reports that Tor Books, a leading publisher of Science Fiction ebooks, says that after selling DRM free books for a year there has been no discernible impact on its business –

Tor Books says cutting DRM out of its e-books hasn’t hurt business

This week, Julie Crisp, editorial director at Tor UK, wrote that the publisher has seen “no discernible increase in piracy on any of our titles, despite them being DRM-free for nearly a year.”

Tor’s 2012 decision was largely applauded by its customers, who enjoyed being able to share e-book files among various devices.