Two documents to share from CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).
Facts about ebook lending in UK public libraries presented in a FAQ format.
Do public libraries lend ebooks?
Yes, many of them do. In July 2012 CILIP undertook desk based research to get up-to-date information. Our survey of library authority websites found that approximately 141 library authorities in the UK, or 71%, are now either lending ebooks or planning to introduce this service before the end of the year.
This paper presents some of the legal, strategic and technical problems that arise from the addition of scholarly and trade ebooks to library collections, together with possible solutions. Some of the most common business models are briefly set out. The latest data on ebook usage is also included.
- Definition of an ebook
- Brief history of ebooks.
- The ebook market
- Usage surveys
- Key issues and challenges
- Possible solutions
- UK Government’s position
- Next steps
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