Today’s Diane Rehm Show (an NPR program) featured an in-depth discussion (about 50 minutes) on ebooks and libraries. Frank Sesno is the guest host.
The discussion includes an excellent panel:
Editorial Director of F+W Media’s Digital Book World
Director of the Program for Public Access to Information, Office of Information Technology, ALA
Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs, Association of American Publishers
Director of Libraries at Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR.
From the Program Blurb:
In the past year, libraries have seen a sharp growth in e-book borrowing. That trend is transforming the relationship between libraries and publishers. Libraries need to offer electronic books to remain relevant today. But some publishers worry lending e-books will lead to piracy and loss of sales. Two of the big six publishers license their e-books to libraries. Others are exploring pilot programs or have declined to participate. Many library patrons are frustrated with the limited availability of titles and long waiting lists. And some buy a copy of the e-book anyway.
Direct to Audio Stream
The program website includes comments from listeners of the ebook/library discussion.