I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports. First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models: A Scorecard for Public Libraries. Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition). The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading
NASHVILLE, TN – As libraries adjust their lending models to meet today’s digital requirements, more are turning to Ingram’s MyiLibrary® platform. Ingram Content Group announced it will now offer Random House, Inc. U.S. titles to libraries via the platform.
“We are pleased to be working with a partner as respected as Ingram to further serve the library marketplace,” said Skip Dye, Vice President, Library and Academic Sales, Random House, Inc.
Random House will add more than 36,000 titles to Ingram’s MyiLibrary e-book platform beginning in February. Titles will be both frontlist and popular backlist titles from all Random House, Inc. imprints and each of their publisher- distribution clients, including Beacon Press, National Geographic Books, North Atlantic Books, Quirk Books, Smithsonian Books, Soho Press, Wizards of the Coast, and many others. Continue reading
From an ALA Press Release on November 27, 2012
As several large book publishers continue to deny libraries access to their e-books, and others make e-books available under difficult terms, libraries find themselves unable to provide the reading and educational materials demanded by their patrons. As a result, many librarians are asking, “What can I do to advocate for fair e-book lending practices?”
To assist libraries in informing the public about e-book lending practices, the American Library Association (ALA) released today the “ALA E-book Media & Communications Toolkit,” a set of materials that will support librarians in taking action in their communities.
Developed by the ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG), the toolkit includes op-ed and press release templates for library supporters interested in informing the public of the role that libraries play in building literate and knowledgeable communities. Additionally, the toolkit provides guidance on ways to use the media templates, as well as ALA talking points, e-book data, and public service announcement scripts.
OverDrive and the ALA conducted an online survey at U.S. public library websites in June/July 2012. They asked a variety of questions, but the most important ones revolved around eBook purchasing. The survey asked, “If a digital audiobook or eBook is unavailable in the library’s digital collection or there is a wait time, would you consider purchasing it from an online retailer? 53% said yes and 47% said no. They also asked, “Have you ever purchased a book (physical or digital) after borrowing that title from the library? Only 35% said yes, while 64% said no. Continue reading
The e-content blog at American Libraries has a nice summary about the ALA/publisher meetings in New York. Not only does it summarize the meetings, but provides links to many other valuable resources concerning eBooks, public libraries, and pricing.
Several stories are popping up today regarding the Penguin ebook pilot project between the NYPL, BPL, and 3M. They are reporting the possibility of Penguin titles available to all public libraries (with 3M service) by the end of this year. From the DBW article linked below, “According to an announcement from library e-books provider 3M, Penguin e-books will be sold to all customers using the 3M Cloud Library by the end of the year.”
NYPL, BPL, 3M Officially Launch Penguin Ebook Pilot Test
Penguin E-Books to Appear in Libraries Nationwide by Year End
INFODocket – Expansion Plans: Penguin E-Books Lending Service Expected to be available for all 3M Cloud Library Customers by end of 2012
3M announcement via Business Wire
An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan
September 24, 2012, CHICAGO — The following open letter was released by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan regarding Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin refusal to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries.
The open letter states:
It’s a rare thing in a free market when a customer is refused the ability to buy a company’s product and is told its money is “no good here.” Surprisingly, after centuries of enthusiastically supporting publishers’ products, libraries find themselves in just that position with purchasing e-books from three of the largest publishers in the world. Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin have been denying access to their e-books for our nation’s 112,000 libraries and roughly 169 million public library users.
Let’s be clear on what this means: If our libraries’ digital bookshelves mirrored the New York Times fiction best-seller list, we would be missing half of our collection any given week due to these publishers’ policies. The popular “Bared to You” and “The Glass Castle” are not available in libraries because libraries cannot purchase them at any price. Today’s teens also will not find the digital copy of Judy Blume’s seminal “Forever,” nor today’s blockbuster “Hunger Games” series. Continue reading
INFODocket reported this news yesterday about Hatchette prices rising 220% on OverDrive beginning October 1, 2012. For the full post, see INFODocket.
Dear Library Partner,
Hachette will be raising its eBook prices on October 1, 2012 on their currently available eBook catalog (~3,500 eBook titles with release dates of April 2010 and earlier). On average prices will increase 220%.
Orders for Hachette eBook titles at current pricing must be submitted in Content Reserve by 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Sunday, September 30, 2012. This includes any orders that are currently in your Content Reserve work queue as well as new orders created during the remainder of the month. Any orders with Hachette eBook content left in your work queue and submitted after September 30th will be processed under the new pricing.
Effective October 1, 2012, the new prices will be reflected in Content Reserve.
OverDrive Collection Development Team
Andrew Richard Albanese from Publisher’s Weekly wrote a very nice article about life with eBooks in public libraries. I have clipped a couple of paragraphs below. The fulltext is available on the Publisher’s Weekly site.
Discussions between libraries and the big six publishers over e-book lending have grabbed headlines in 2012, but despite cordial statements from each side about the benefits of communication, a report released this month from the American Library Association suggests the two sides remain far from a breakthrough.
“Mixed” is how Robert Wolven, associate university librarian at Columbia University, and co-chair of the ALA’s Digital Content Working Group, describes the state of affairs between libraries and publishers. “I think the discussions we’ve had demonstrate that we’re not at an impasse,” Wolven tells PW. “There are potential paths for exploration and for improving things. But there’s still a lot of work to be done.” Continue reading