CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) decries confirmed reader data breaches by Adobe and calls for immediate corrective action to encrypt and protect reader information. The plain text transmission of reader data over the Internet that was first reported Oct. 7 presumably stretches back as far as the release of Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 4.0 in early September. The ADE e-book reader application is used by thousands of libraries and many tens of thousands of e-book readers around the globe. Continue reading
CHICAGO —Today, Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the launch of “Authors for Library Ebooks,” a new initiative that asks authors to stand with libraries in their quest for equitable access to e-books. Bestselling authors Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. Le Guin and Jodi Picoult are helping kick off the campaign.
The campaign represents an extension of the ALA’s advocacy strategy to ensure all people have access to the world’s knowledge and literature through our nation’s libraries—regardless of format. Over the past 18 months, ALA leaders have met with major publishers, distributors, authors and representative associations to seek sustainable solutions for library e-book lending. Continue reading
Meeting at the Association of American Publishers, New York, September 27, 2012
We must build on the long-standing, successful partnership between publishers and libraries.
Through our common goal of bringing authors and readers together, publishers and libraries have worked with each other for many decades. In varied ways, libraries serve as marketers of books in all their forms. For example, libraries promote the discoverability of works by recommending titles, hosting author talks, displaying titles in library buildings and on library websites, and hosting book clubs.
Libraries also contribute to the publishing ecosystem by teaching and encouraging literacy (including digital literacy), reading, and lifelong learning. Libraries and the American Library Association (ALA) also use the bully pulpit to help communicate the importance of literacy and reading in society.
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
ALA’s 2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study was released today. According to the press release: “more than two-thirds (67 percent) of libraries offer access to e-books, up 12 percent from two years ago.” These numbers fall right in line with the recent Library Journal & School Library Journal e-book survey. They reported that 72% of public libraries offer e-books.
The ALA Study has multiple pieces available for download. They include:
Executive Summary (.pdf)
Library Funding Landscape (.pdf)
Library Technology Landscape (.pdf)
State Summaries (.pdf)
Reports from the Field (.pdf)
Appendix B: Interview Questions
Appendix C: California public library interview participants
Appendix D: Oklahoma public library interview participants
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is celebrating National Library Week by offering free access to six highly-praised online resources for use by any library during National Library Week. Free access runs through National Library Week, from April 10 to April 24, 2010. Librarians can download the widget to their homepage by visiting www.gale.cengage.com/NLW starting on April 10. Library patrons should look for the widget on their library’s homepage, which provides single-click access to these online resources.
The library is where stories are read, retold, written and created every day. In salute of the American Library Association’s theme – Create your own story @ your library, Gale is offering free access to resources that help library users explore and inspire stories of all kinds. Gale is offering access to six resources: Continue reading
Have you heard about blio reader, the free ebook reader from Baker & Taylor? I got a demo of it last week at the American Library Association conference in Boston. It’s pretty cool, offering full color and audio for any open system – MAC, PC, iPhone, netbook, etc. Blio was developed by a gamer – very cool and wise decision in my opinion. Even children’s books looked and sounded good on this reader. Some cool features I saw included:
- full color
- text 2 speech (TTS) – which sounded pretty good
- track audio down to the word, start reading again at the exact word
- embedded multimedia
- page turning
- highlight word and get a definition
- reflowable text
- change font
- some titles were narrated, depends on publisher
- publishers can edit/control the voice for text 2 speech reading – change gender, tone, speed, etc.
blio will be available for the retail market in February with access to over 1 million free ebooks and a large selection of trade/childrens titles for purchase, through the online bookstore. B & T plans to expand to the library market in the summer of 2010. The website offers a comparison chart of various ereaders. Check it out.
The Dartmouth Medal, honoring a reference work of outstanding quality and significance, is awarded each year by the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. This year, 3 titles were honored, one as the Dartmouth Medal winner and two for Honorable Mention. All 3 multivolume titles are available in ebook format through the publisher’s reference platform.
Winners for 2010 include:
- Oxford University Press - Encyclopedia of Human Rights- Dartmouth Medal Winner
Honorable Mention -
Here’s a link to the letter sent to the DOJ from the Exec Dir’s of ALA/ACRL/ARL on December 15th, outlining concerns of pricing and the lack of academic representation on the Registry Board.
And another link for the NY Law School document outlining the objections and responses in the amended settlement.