January 21, 2022

Audio: CBC Radio Program Airs Segment on “Challenges Borrowing an e-Book From the Public Library”

Worth a listen.

The 24 minute segment aired on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Spark program and features an impressive list of panelists.

The segment begins with Peter Rukavina (printer, developer, writer) sharing his experience and views after he downloaded an audiobook from OverDrive via the Prince Edward Island Public Library Service. His thoughts are also found in this blog post titled, “Welcome to Crazytown: Public Libraries Confront Digital Object”.

He says it involves “jumping through hoops”. He’s correct.

Much of what Rukavina has to say about how library ebooks (and audiobooks) borrowing works in 2013 has been also said (for a long time) by many librarians and not only those in Canada. Are publishers listening?

Next, the panel responds and discusses the library/ebooks borrowing situation.


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.