E-book acquisition options

Cary Alderson, heading of licensing at Jisc collections, has published an article on Research Information discussing the potential benefits of evidence based acquistion (EBA). EBA involves libraries paying an up front fee for a selected collection. Content is made available to users and usage is recorded via COUNTER statistics. After six months or a year the consortium then buys books, based on use, up to the value of the up-front fee.

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…

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

ebook news roundup from the Twittersphere

A twitter search on #ebooks and #libraries has brought up a number of new and interesting posts relating to ebook advocacy:

OverDrive and Sourcebooks are preparing to launch an innovative and ambitious pilot program whose goal is to clearly demonstrate the impact library ebook lending has on book sales and author recognition.

  • A paper by two academic librarians Navigating the e-book maze, which “addresses some of the challenges of library e-book lending and compares major vendor options” has been published in The Charleston Advisor. Thanks again to infoDOCKET for the heads up.

Briefing paper from the Urban Libraries Council – Libraries, Publishers and Public Access to E-Books

On the third of May (2013) North American library advocacy group the Urban Libraries Council held a 30  minute ebooks issues briefing webinar.

The podcast of the webinar, the full Briefing Paper – Libraries, Publishers and Public Access to E-Books and the two page summary  Libraries, Publishers and Public Access to E-Books – Communities Need Access to E-Books are available from the e-books page on their website.

The ebooks briefing paper gives an overview of the current situation for ebooks in libraries and delivers 5 key messages:

  1. Equal access to materials – including e-books – is fundamental to public libraries’ mission and critical to ensuring that all citizens have access to the information they need
  2. Publishers’ policies are preventing the public from accessing e-books
  3. Borrowing e-books from libraries is increasingly popular
  4. Some book publishers are denying libraries access to e-books, while others significantly overprice titles
  5. Pilot programs are encouraging, but need to be more widely implemented

“Challenges Borrowing an e-Book from the Public Library”

Thanks again to infoDOCKET for drawing our attention via Challenges Borrowing an e-Book from the Public Library to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio programme Spark‘s 24 minute segment E-Libary Letdown. The full panel discussion E-book Lending in Libraries is available on Spark‘s website, both podcasts are also available  from iTunes.

Back in February, Peter wrote about how he kept fellow Prince Edward Islanders from borrowing an electronic edition of Learn Norwegian – Level 1: Introduction to Norwegian from the public library, in part because the Mac version of Overdrive’s software didn’t allow him to return it. “This is crazy, and we must demand better, more rational systems from our library, if only because we’re making up systems and processes here that will be with us for generations.”

Intrigued by Peter’s experience, Spark assembled a panel to discuss e-books, public libraries, and artificial scarcity.

E-Book Lending in Libraries

Hachette ebook catalogue available to libraries / E-Books and Democracy

infoDOCKET is reporting that

the Hachette eBook Catalog Will Soon Become Available to All Libraries

This commences on May 8th 2013, and will include distribution via OverDrive.  It is unclear from the press, at time of writing, whether “all libraries” includes those outside the USA and Canada.

In an op-ed piece, E-Books and Democracy, for the New York Times Anthony W Marx (President of the New York Public Library) discusses this latest development and provides a useful summary of the state of play with the big six publishers and of the importance of ebooks in libraries.

Today Hachette, which had been a holdout, is joining the others in announcing that it will make e-books available to public libraries. This is a big step, as it represents, for the first time, a consensus among the Big Six, at least in principle, that their e-books should be made available to library users.

E-Books and Democracy / Anthony W Marx