FAIFE comments on IFLA e-lending thinkpiece

Libraries, e-lending and the future of public access to digital content. Comments from FAIFE-perspective – by Philippe Colomb, Hermann Rösch, Amélie Vallotton Preisig.

IFLA’s Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression comments on the the thinkpiece “Libraries, e-lending and the future of public access to digital content“, prepared by Civic Agenda for IFLA in November 2012.

IFLA Principles for Library eLending

The IFLA Governing Board endorsed the IFLA Principles for Library eLending policy document in February 2013.

These are five broad principles about the availability and use of ebooks in libraries:

  1. Commercially available ebooks should be available for libraries to license and/or purchase under a variety of terms and conditions
  2. eBook licensing and purchasing options should respect both copyright limitations and exceptions, and libraries should be able to bypass technological protection measures for non-infringing purposes
  3. ebooks available through libraries should be usable on all commonly used e-reader devices
  4. Libraries and library users must be able to control the use of users’ personal information
  5. In jurisdictions where government support is provided to publishers, societal access to published works through libraries (e.g. by requiring publishers to make their works available for libraries to license/purchase under reasonable terms and conditions) may also be mandated by government

Fuller versions of the policy document, including IFLA’s policy history around licensing electronic content, are available in PDF and Word.

Libraries, e-lending and the future of public access to digital content

Thinkpiece on Libraries, e-lending and the future of public access to digital content – Civic Agenda for IFLA [Oct-Nov 2012]
and Matrix: Models of accessing digital content

IFLA commissioned this report prior to an expert meeting on e-lending, held in the Hague in November 2012. The thinkpiece was the starting point for discussions on desirable characteristics for public access models for library digital content, library user expectations’ regarding eBooks, and the relationship between libraries and publishers in the eBook age. It gives a good overview of the current issues and the e-book and e-lending ecosystem.

The Matrix summarises some of the discussion in the report around various ‘desirable characteristics for public access models for library digital content’ and how various publishers, aggregators, distributors and other initiatives measure up against these characteristics.

The reports have also been loaded to Scribd, via Library Journal’s infoDOCKET:
Thinkpiece on Libraries, e-lending and the future of public access to digital content
Matrix: Models of accessing digital content

E-Books: Development and Policy Considerations

E-Books: Development and Policy Considerations – OECD Digital Economy Papers, No 208, 29 October 2012.

OECD report aiming to introduce some key characteristics, and related policy issues,
emerging from the recent growth of the e-books market across the OECD economies. The report provides background on e-book markets and examines various policy issues related to e-books. These include differing tax rates in countries between physical books and e-books, consumer lock-in to specific platforms, limitations on how users can read and share their purchased content, and a lack of transparency about how data on their reading habits is being used.

Ebooks in libraries and e-lending are also specifically addressed.

IFLA E-Lending Background Paper

IFLA E-Lending Background Paper

Background paper on the issues relating to eBook availability in libraries to assist in the formulation of a policy on the matter, from and IFLA perspective. Gives background on the e-book market, the positions of publishers and librarians, the legal context for e-lending, the need to maintain library principles in e-lending, and next steps for IFLA. Includes an appendix with a detailed analysis of the legal context.