January 27, 2022

New Full-Text Document from ALA: “EBook Business Models for Public Libraries”

The following document (8 pages; .doc) was released late last week by the Business Model/Licensing Group from ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group.

From the Document:

The Business Model/Licensing Group has developed the following document describing the characteristics of possible business models to help public libraries negotiate contracts with publishers. While there are certainly other business model options to consider, and changing technologies will have a direct impact on the kinds of business models we may see in the future, the Business Model Group focused on characteristics of business plans that are viable today. The Business Model Group will supplement this information with a matrix chart that ranks the features of business models.

EBook Business Models for Public Libraries is organized into the following sections:

  1. Libraries and Publishers
  2. General Features and Attributes
  3. Characteristics of Business Models:  Constraints and Restrictions
  4. Digital-Native Business Models
  5. Characteristics of Business Models: Advantages to Publishers
  6. Summary

Direct to Full Text (8 pages; .doc)

UPDATED: Final Published Version of Document is Available Here (6 pages; PDF)
This announcement from ALA includes some highlights. It was posted on August 8, 2012.

UPDATED: Summary of Digital Content Working Group Conference Call (August 3, 2012) (Word Doc)

Many thanks to Matt Weaver for alerting us to the new document.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.