From an Unglue.it email: So: here it is. On May 17, at 12 noon EDT, unglue.it will launch its first set of campaigns.
Between now and then we’ll be eyeballs-deep in code and paperwork, running the final tests on our payment processing system, applying some last-minute usability and design tweaks, and working with our rights holders to build their campaigns. We’ll have at least one test campaign; follow us on Twitter or Facebook if you want to help us out.
So far, there are four books signed off for launch with a few more possibles, and we are so eager to unveil them. We hope you’ll be thrilled to support them. Continue reading
Bobbi Newman, who blogs at Librarian by Day, has an excellent editorial post about current Ebook conditions in public libraries. She questions whether libraries should step back and wait for better options, quoting several other prominent bloggers on the subject. It’s an interesting thought piece from a public library perspective. The comments are just as interesting.
Here is a brief clip from the post – Should Libraries Get Out of the Ebook Business?
Or get out at least until there is a better system? I know what you are going to say, I can hear it already – “We can’t! Our patrons demand ebooks!” Except the truth is our patrons want a lot of things we can’t give them – to always be first on the waiting list for the new James Patterson, to not pay fines when their books are late, for the library to be open earlier or later, or to have a system besides Dewey because despite using it their entire lives they still cannot figure it out. When it comes to ebooks, we cannot give them what they want, not really, we cannot give them books from Simon and Schuster or MacMillian or new books from Penguin or Hatchet, and not more than 26 times from HarperCollins, and probably not many books from Random House. What we can do, what maybe we should do, is spend their tax money wisely, and I am no longer convinced that spending it on the current ebook system is a wise move.
The Douglas County Libraries (Colorado) have been working on a project to purchase eBooks direct from publishers and locally load them on an Adobe Content Server. The titles are then loaned to patrons for use on their personal devices or computers. To date they are working with 8 publishers (listed below). Dzanc Books is the latest partner. To hear more about their project, listen to an audio interview with Jordana Vincent, Collection Development Librarian, Douglas County Libraries (11/11).
From the 1/11/12 Press Release: DCL and Dzanc join forces for eContent
Douglas County Libraries and Dzanc Books have joined forces to allow for library purchase of eBooks from Dzanc Books. Dzanc Books is the first nonprofit publisher to join DCL’s eBook purchasing experiment, and is a champion of literature and writing. Continue reading
The November, 2011 issue of Against the Grain focuses on the e-everything future. Edited by Audrey Powers from the University of South Florida, the issue discusses e-content procurement, access models and technology, content integration, first sale doctrine, and much more. It’s a great line-up of contributors and topics. The table of contents should be posted on their site very soon here: http://www.against-the-grain.com/toc/
Many of the contributors were also part of the E-Everything pre-conference during the Charleston Conference in early November. Archived versions of the pre-conference presentation will be available on Against the Grain and Libraries Thriving sites.
The Douglas County Libraries (Colorado) have embarked on a quest to purchase eBook content to load on their own Adobe Content Server. The first milestone in the project was a partnership with the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. Since then, they have made headway with Gale and Lerner Digital. Jordana Vincent, Collection Development Librarian at Douglas County Libraries and I discussed the project in a recent NSR interview. Ms. Vincent discusses several innovative ideas coming from DCL and offers much detail about the current project. She can be reached for more info at jvincent at dclibraries dot org. Continue reading