39% of U.S. Public Libraries without e-books

February 7th, 2012 · 5 Comments

I missed this report when it was released back in December, 2011 by COSLA, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies.  According to a survey of state libraries from the summer of 2011, 39% of public libraries reported offering no downloadable media service – no ebooks, no audiobooks, and no videos. Here is more from […]

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Tags: Library News · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Surveys/Statistics

ALAMW – ALA Washington Office Program on eBooks

January 5th, 2011 · Comments Off

Saturday, January 8th, ALA’s Washington Office is presenting, Turning the Page on E-books, a moderated discussion on the challenges and opportunities for libraries and their patrons from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the Convention Center, Room 02.  Panelists and speakers include:  Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive; Tom Peters, CEO of […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Conferences/Events · Library News · Public Libraries · School Libraries

Self-Publishing Company, Infinity Publishing, to Distribute eBooks via SONY Reader Store

September 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

I’m posting this because the COSLA report and some of the speakers at the eBook Summit yesterday believe that libraries should become self-publishers in an effort to increase their viability in the community and bring the community to the 21st century world.  Infinity is a vibrant, self-publishing company.  Perhaps we can learn something or start […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Press Releases · Print on demand · Publishing · Self Publishing · Vendor News

New Articles of Interest

August 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off

Wow, ton of good things to read over the last 4 days, here’s a sampling of what I’ve been reading: Digital Lending Goes into OverDrive Digital Books Come of Age (Or) The Textbook is Dead; Long Live the Textbook Kindle 3 vs Kindle 2 in size plus hands-on report by PC World’s Perenson Cataloging and […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Publishing · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks · Vendor News

Public Libraries and the Future of E-books: COSLA Report

July 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

COSLA, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, conducted a study on the future of eBooks and eBook readers in public library.  Their findings and suggestions: low cost, library friendly devices will not be a problem improve library purchasing power through consortia pursue eReader certification by libraries investigate discovery services like Internet Archive’s Book Server […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Discovery · Ebook Readers · Public Libraries · Publishing · Self Publishing · Surveys/Statistics