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Smashwords announces Library Direct

Smashwords today announced Library Direct, a new service that allows libraries and library networks to acquire and establish large opening collections of ebooks, direct from Smashwords.

Library Direct is available to libraries that host and manage their own ebook checkout systems, typically using Adobe Content Server, and that are capable of acquiring a large opening collection.

We have already received purchase commitments from three library systems, each of which will acquire some variation of our top 10,000 best-selling titles.  The purchase commitments approach $100,000 in total. Continue reading

Free webinar highlighting the Douglas County Libraries eBook solution

Please consider attending this LJ webinar highlighting the Douglas County Libraries eBook program. Register for free online.

SPONSORED BY: Library Journal
EVENT DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 3:00-4:00 PM EST/12:00 -1:00 PM PST

Ebooks: A New Paradigm in Douglas County, or a New Twist on the Past?

The staff at the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado have been implementing for the past year an innovative ebook lending model that gives the library actual ownership of the ebook file, rather than leasing access to it via a third party. The library has its own content server and after striking deals with various publishers it loads the files onto the server and applies the requisite DRM before lending. The library is providing a concrete example of how in the digital age libraries remain reliable stewards of intellectual content.

In this webinar, Jamie LaRue, the library’s director, Monique Sendze, the IT director, and Lisa Long Hickman, the sales and marketing manager for Dzanc Books, will discuss the model.

PANELISTS
Jamie LaRue, Library director, Douglas County Libraries
Monique Sendze, Associate director of IT, Douglas County Libraries
Lisa Long-Hickman, Sales and marketing manager, Dzanc Books

MODERATOR
Mike Kelley, Executive Editor (News and Features), Library Journal

Douglas County Libraries adds 8th Publisher to locally loaded eBook collection

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

Interview with Douglas County Libraries’ Jordana Vincent

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

Library staff training idea for eReaders/eBooks

Yesterday I was in Loveland, Colorado for the Colorado Association of Libraries Conference.  While chatting with Jamie LaRue, Director of the Douglas County Libraries, he shared a great idea for training staff on eBooks and eReaders. With the approval of his Board, the library provided a $50 rebate to library staff who purchased one of 6 pre-selected eBook readers/tablet devices.  Just over 100 staff took part in the rebate offer.  Jamie said the staff are learning so much about eBooks and devices because they are getting hands-on experience.  Staff are sharing tips and tricks with one another as well, many getting together during lunch to hash over the details of eBooks.