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.”
Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader has been closely following any news of Kindle library lending. He has a really good post about the new service on his blog.
Here is a clip:
“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
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
Barbara G’s interview, and over 40 others are available on the NSR Interviews page.
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.
Registration Now Open
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
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.
Click here to get started.
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
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
Library Journal reported today that the four universities that make up the Triangle Research Libraries Network received a $41,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to develop new models for consortial ebooks pricing and acquisition.
From LJ: “Some answers to the ebook model dilemma may be in the offing, from the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN)—a collaborative organization of the libraries of North Carolina-based Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Central University—which announced that it has received a $41,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop new models for consortial ebook pricing and acquisition.”
A colleague also forwarded to me today a value statement for the Scholarly Ebook Marketplace from North Carolina State University. It is reprinted below in full. Continue reading
From OverDrive (note one of the sponsors at the bottom): Public and school librarians from around the world will come together with publishing industry leaders at OverDrive’s third international user group conference, Digipalooza (www.digipalooza.com), July 28-31, 2011, in Cleveland. Held every two years, this four-day educational and networking conference will address the massive surge in library eBook borrowing with panels on industry trends, best practices, marketing and outreach, and upcoming enhancements to the OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) service. A roundtable featuring representatives from several of the world’s leading publishing houses will provide librarians with the chance to ask questions, in-person, about the future of library eBook lending. Continue reading