Ebook price comparison reports

Price comparison reports (scroll down) of library vs consumer pricing for hard-copy and electronic best-sellers, demonstrating how many popular ebooks are vastly more expensive or unavailable for libraries. Produced by Douglas County Libraries and hosted by Evoke Colorado.

Douglas County model

Douglas County Library created their own ebook lending platform. The library hosts content locally, and established its own IT infrastructure, including developments to Vufind as a discover layer, and purchasing an Adobe Content Server for managing DRM on loaned copies. They also contacted (smaller) publishers directly to negotiate the purchase and ownership of e-copies of books (including a substantial commitment to purchasing from Smashwords). The model operates on a one-user-one-copy basis, imitating the lending situation of physical books.

Evoke Colorado (of which DCL is a member) hosts a description of how the model operates.
DCL’s own website provides a list of publishers they collaborate with, as well as an open letter from the Library Director about ebooks and DCL.
Evoke also provides an example of DCL’s letter to approach publishers, their Statement of common understanding for purchasing electronic content, and a description of the technologies used by DCL and others adopting a similar model.

Colorado’s eBook Manifesto

The Colorado EBook Environment – Overview and talking points, otherwise described as the Colorado EBook Manifesto, is put out by the Colorado Library Consortium and Evoke Colorado.

This document is aimed more at libraries and librarians – it describes the status quo in the ebook market for libraries, outlines a vision for the future, and issues a call to action to libraries.