January 27, 2022

A Case Study From EIFL: Libraries and E-Books in Latvia

From the EIFL Web Site:

The introduction of e-books in libraries is proving to be something of a challenge with thorny technical, pricing and legal issues to overcome. In Latvia, a Baltic state with a population of just over two million, the e-book market is just emerging with an estimated 400 e-book titles. So far, little interest has been shown in e-book services by libraries for a variety of reasons, not least a lack of understanding by librarians and publishers about the legal framework for e-lending. However, as the number of e-book titles in Latvia is sure to grow, and demand for e-books in libraries will increase, it is imperative to raise awareness of the issues now, identify problems and reach agreement on a sound legal framework so that libraries are ready when the market has developed

Read the Case Study (Full Text)
A PDF version is also available.

See Also: Reports From Other Countries: “Advocacy campaigns for national copyright law reform” (via EIFL)

See Also: Presentations From “E-books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?” Seminar Now Online (3/20/2013)

Hat Tip and Thanks: @mattrweaver

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.