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New Book About eBooks in Libraries – Release in August

I’m thrilled to inform you that No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries will be released in late August.  This edited book, published by ALA Editions, discusses a variety of eBook topics for school, public, and academic libraries.  Since I have a bit of clout with the publisher, I’m able to release the TOC and introduction for your review and consideration.  It is below.  Of course, it will be available in a variety of eBook formats, and print too. Continue reading

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

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
  • be champions of self-publishing and feature these offerings in collections
  • research pricing/sales to determine that library eBooks are not a threat to a publisher’s bottom line
  • gain awareness of copyright and fair use issues that may threaten their services
  • repurpose their space (less print titles) and consider new services

The COSLA eReader Task Force was led by Oregon State Librarian Jim Scheppke. Other members were California State Librarian Stacey Aldrich, Kansas State Librarian Jo Budler, and Massachusetts State Librarian, Rob Maier. They worked with Eva Miller of Pinpoint Logic, a Portland-based research and design consulting firm, and Tom Peters of TAP Information Services, and Kansas-based library consulting firm.

Hat tip to Resource Shelf

World eBook Fair in Full Swing

The World eBook Fair, sponsored by Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive , World Public Library, and a multitude of others is in full swing, now until August 4th.  This is the 5th annual fair, with over 3.5 million free PDF eBooks available for download. Access is free for one month, after which users are encouraged to join the World Public Library for the small fee of $8.95 per year. About 750,000 titles are available for PDF download from the World Public Library.

Openlibrary.org offers thousands of free eBook downloads

Great article in the WSJ from June 29th summarizing the Internet Archive’s initiative for openlibrary.org.  The IA along with several libraries, plans to digitize and make available thousands of eBooks for public download to a PC/MAC or reading device.  According to the WSJ article, “with its latest project, the organization is making inroads into the idea of loaning in-copyright books to the masses. Only one person at a time will be allowed to check out a digital copy of an in-copyright book for two weeks. While on loan, the physical copy of the book won’t be loaned, due to copyright restrictions.”

Symposium on Economics of Sustaining Digital Information

Received this information from an OCLC Press Release:

Blue Ribbon Task Force to Host Symposium on Economics of Sustaining Digital Information

Government, Industry, Academic Leaders Featured in Public “Conversation”
April 1, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access (BRTF-SDPA) will hold a one-day symposium convening a diverse group of speakers from the academic, private, and public sectors to discuss one of the most pressing issues of the Information Age: identifying practical solutions to the economic challenges of preserving today’s deluge of digital data.

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Comments on Google Book Search Settlement Coming to a Head (Again)

Ah, it is the beginning of September when thoughts turn to going back to school, the days turn a little colder (in the northern hemisphere) and the smell of lawsuit briefs is in the air. Well, okay — the latter might not be what you expect, but this is a special September, after all. Postponed from MayL1, the deadline for filing comments in the Google Book Search settlement is coming up. And everyone is weighing in (”again” for some) on the details of the settlement. A couple of highlights.

The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)L2 again offered its support for the settlement, if only the court would promise to extend vigorous oversight of pricing and privacy practices of Google and the Books Rights Registry. This came in the form of a supplemental filingL3 to the briefL4 the three organizations filed in MayL5 (just prior to the first comment deadline). Continue reading

eBook Fair – 2 million free eBooks

The World eBook Fair runs from July 4th to August 4th, 2009.  The goal of the fair is to provide FREE public access to 2 million eBooks for one month.  Sponsors include Project Gutenberg, World Public Library, Ask.com, Internet Archive, and more. After the fair, readers may continue to access about 1/2 million ebooks for a small monthly fee, a subscription to the World Public Library.

Google Book Search Settlement

Posting on behalf of Peter Murray, OhioLINK, full post at:  http://dltj.org/article/gbs-summary/

Today was to be the deadline for objecting to, opting out of, and/or filing briefs with the court on the Google Book Search Settlement. That was the plan, at least, when the preliminary approval statement from the court was issued last year. That deadline changed, and that is part of a recent flurry of activity surrounding the proposed Settlement. In honor of the original deadline, this e-mail provides a summary of recent news and an index of documents that you might want to read for more information. Continue reading

Free Digital Texts (Audio, live music, and moving images too) – Internet Archive

From the Internet Archive site:  The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. Text Archives are:  Free to read, download, print, and enjoy. Some have restrictions on bulk re-use and commercial use, please see the collection or the sponsor of a book.  By providing near-unrestricted access to these texts, we hope to encourage widespread use of texts in new contexts by people who might not have used them before. Nearly 1/2 a million texts are available for a free download, including titles from Project Gutenberg.