This CIL session was presented by Chad Mairn, Information Services Librarian at St. Petersberg College and Al Carlson, System Administrator for the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.
- Library automation, the internet, and EPUB are the three big things he feels have hit the library industry during his career.
- The book is the content and not the package, ebook is just another package.
- Diagnosing the DVD Disappointment: A Life Cycle View by Judson Coplan – this article from 2006 is one that Al recommends to read as a comparison to how quickly ebooks may be adopted.
- History suggests that ebooks will rapidly invade the codex space
- Books aren’t dead, they are just changing
- Chad provided an overview of various dedicated eReader devices available and non-dedicated readers
- easy for our patrons to see that a CD won’t fit into a cassette player, but it’s not as easy for patrons to see the an AZW doesn’t work on their nook.
- vendors use different DRM formats
- So we have dueling formats and dueling DRM
- Is DRM a good thing or an evil thing? YES!
- any device we see now will be old fashioned in a few years
- If we switch to EPUB, how will this impact public libraries?
- access – website becomes the library
- delivery – instant home delivery, no need to visit the library or wait for a title
- delivery – your costly, polluting, labor intensive inter-branch delivery vanishes
- overdues? nope
- how does this affect ownership? storage/download/access all from the vendor server, not ours….do we really own this?
- Create an open source software that enables a library to store and check out ebooks
- we need to figure out how to exploit this opportunity without being destroyed by it
- Digital textbooks – 75% of students still prefer print textbooks, 95% of McGraw-Hill’s offerings are electronic, but their focus is still print
- Horizon Report – eTextbooks will be widely adopted within one to two years
- Florida looking at K-12 to go completely digital
- Chad suggested some eTextbook options – coursesmart, amazon, courseload, flat world knowledge, inkling, Kno textbook tablet, nookstudy
- looking ahead – browser based books are truly device agnostic, with html5 ebooks will become more interactive
- We are watching evolution in action, issues like this keep us relevant and employed
- show me the rules that say libraries may not convert epub to azw for patrons or never mention calibre or feedbooks
- Al provided a demo of calibre, a software program that allows a user to store, read, and transfer ebooks from one format to another. Al plugged in a kindle to his computer and transferred an epub file to azw
- How do we stay in the game? offer rental/purchase access to patrons who are willing to pay for a title rather than wait for it, allow patrons to donate these titles to the library once they are done.
- Our homework – be aggressive about expressing our needs to have downloadable epub titles from vendors
These notes are my own interpretation of the presentation, my best efforts were made to guarantee accuracy.