“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.

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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