Recently Released Briefing Docs Look at Issues Surrounding eBooks in UK Libraries
Two documents to share from CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).
1. Ebook lending by public libraries (2 pages; PDF)
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
Hat Tip/Thanks: @mattrweaver
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.