The 2nd annual LJ/SLJ eBook Summit held on Wednesday offered some fantastic discussions on the implementation of eBooks in a variety of libraries. Below are links to several articles and blog posts which summarize many of the sessions.
Library Journal and School Library Journal released the results of their 2011 survey of eBook Penetration and use today. The reports are available for purchase (each individually) and a free download of the TOC is available.
More detail on the survey from the site: Library Journal and School Library Journal‘s 2011 Ebook Penetration and Use survey reports present the most up to date data on how libraries are adopting ebooks and the driving factors behind purchasing and circulation activity in the public, academic, and school (K-12) markets. The 2011 surveys repeat the majority of questions asked in our inaugural 2010 reports and present clear cross comparisons as well as eye-opening trends on how libraries are using this new technology.
Kindle library lending is in beta at two public libraries – King County Library System and the Seattle Public Library. (See article in Seattle Times). News and instructions have been posted on various blogs and articles, but yesterday Library Journal‘s Mike Kelley reported, “Andra Addison, the director of Seattle PL’s communication office, said the library was not publicizing its testing because “It is embargoed until it is available to all partners.”
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“Neither Amazon nor OverDrive have announced anything, and in fact I’m still waiting to hear back from my contacts at Overdrive. But I do know that Amazon’s help pages now refer to the library ebooks as a current feature, and OverDrive already list the Kindle as having beta support. The service is indeed live. Continue reading Kindle library lending in beta
Yesterday I had a lovely visit with Barbara Genco and Josh Hadro from Library Journal. We discussed the upcoming LJ/SLJ eBook Summit – eBooks: The New Normal. Barbara and I recorded a quick interview about the program. She discusses the organization of the virtual summit, highlights keynote speakers and activities, and offers advice on who should attend the summit.
For those of you who prefer to read the details, or perhaps register for the event, check out the web site – The Digital Shift
In 2010, Library Journal and School Library Journal brought you our inaugural Virtual Summit on ebooks and the library market, Ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point. More than 2,000 participants from the library community joined us for this day-long virtual event to discuss how ebooks are shaping the future of libraries.
This year, we go one step beyond to bring you Ebooks: The New Normal. This one-day virtual conference will bring together public, academic and school librarians (K-12), vendors, publishers, and industry experts to address how libraries are leveraging the ebook opportunity to improve service and reach more users than ever before. The event offers something for everyone, from building an ebook strategy and collection to mastering the transition and even how to market ebooks to patrons.
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
From OverDrive: Author and self-publisher J.A. Konrath (a.k.a. Jack Kilborn) will be a featured speaker at Digipalooza 2011. Konrath has authored 22 eBook titles that are available through OverDrive public, school, and college libraries. He has sold more than 300,000 eBooks. OverDrive’s 3rd international user group conference will be held in downtown Cleveland, July 28-31, 2011. The biennial event will provide hundreds of librarians interaction with representatives from HarperCollins Publishers, Books on Tape (a division of Random House), John Wiley & Sons, AudioGO, Blackstone Audiobooks, and Brilliance Audio. Digipalooza has been recognized as a leading forum for librarians to network and share “best practices” on maximizing the value and circulation of eBooks and digital audiobooks while interacting with publishers and industry leaders. Continue reading Self-publishing author J.A. Konrath to headline OverDrive’s Digipalooza 2011
From an LJ email: Library Journal and School Library Journal invite you to participate in our 2011 ebook survey. This data will allow us to trend the changing nature of library ebook collections. Survey results will be shared at our October 12 ebook summit and in upcoming issues of LJ and SLJ.
We want to hear from all public, academic and school libraries, even if your library currently has no ebook collection. You can view a pdf of the survey before answering (recommended!). Please click on the link below to begin.
If you complete the survey you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a Nook Color (2 Nook Colors will be given away) or a complimentary registration to our upcoming all-day virtual ebook summit on October 12*. Continue reading Library Journal/School Library Journal 2011 ebook survey available
A summary of the various articles about Amazon’s announcement to work with libraries via OverDrive, plus a couple of others on Amazon.
Kindle Library Lending and OverDrive – What it means for libraries and schools – OverDrive blog post
Amazon Continues to Push Book innovation with Library Lending and Ad-Supported Kindles – Scholarly Kitchen
Two great articles in Library Journal yesterday. The first article summarized the comments of Josh Marwell, president of sales at Harper Collins regarding the 26 check-out rule. Marwell sat on a panel as part of “eBooks: Collections at the Crossroads,” a symposium organized by the Connecticut Library Consortium (#clctrendspotting, #clcebooks).
Clip from article:
“Is 26 set in stone? No. It’s our number for now, but we want to hear back. Immediately. Honestly, it doesn’t make sense that one size fits all. We consider it a work in progress. But this is the number that we have now,” he said.
“I invite you to test the water. Use it. Give us feedback. We’re in the water. We want to be here,” he said, noting that the company wants to sell ebooks to libraries and has been doing so for ten years. Marwell pointed out that HarperCollins has been hearing “quietly” from some librarians who are going to see how the new policy works for them.
“We try to be intelligent about our policy,” he said. “And when we landed on 26, the information that we had was that most books don’t circulate 26 times. In terms of the long tail, this particular number probably works for a different part of the collection. We realize it doesn’t work for the best sellers.” Continue reading “26” not set-in stone, OverDrive challenged on access fees