In recent meetings with book publishers, Jeremy Greenfield, editorial director of Digital Book World, says some believe continuing and even expanding ebook offerings to libraries will help their business. Others are not so sure. Greenfield was one of the guests on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show earlier this week which was devoted to the topic of library ebook lending.
Susan R., Reader’s Svcs
Until last week, Penguin was one of four major publishers that would not allow libraries to lend their e-books. Soon, however, Penguin Group and e-book distributor 3M will participate in a one-year pilot program with the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries, two of the country’s largest library systems, to provide e-books to patrons. Penguin will make all (approximately 15,000) of their e-books available to library patrons six months after they go on sale. The library e-books will expire after one year.
You can learn more about the pilot program here.
- Olivia M.
According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, most Americans are unaware that e-books are available at their local library. An estimated 12% of e-book readers have borrowed a library e-book. Over half (56%) of patrons who attempted to borrow an e-book discovered it was not available at the library. To maximize profits, publishers have restricted the availability of titles by imposing prohibitive costs and limits to e-book circulation. Per Molly Raphael, President of the American Library Association:
“Clearly there is an opportunity here for us to step up our outreach and increase public awareness. Of course, awareness is not enough. Libraries cannot lend what they cannot obtain.”
You can read more about the study here and here.
To find out more about e-books at the Evanston Public Library, click here.
- Olivia M.
Today’s New York Times points out that most plugged in, etext-only adults still prefer physical print books for their children. (For Their Children, Many E-book Fans Insist on Paper) The reasons vary: ebooks and ereaders are expensive, offer poorer selections, can’t convey illustrations well. There’s also a great deal of affection for the tactile, physical experience of sharing books with a child, difficult to replicate with a Kindle.
But do physical books for children have any actual advanatge over ebooks? Continue reading
An explanation for those wondering why e-books tend to have so many typographical and formatting errors.
The Newly Complicated Zora Neale Hurston
The discovery of three “lost” stories by the Harlem Renaissance author is detailed in this engrossing essay from the Chronicle of Higher Education. Differing dramatically from her better known works, the stories unearth an intriguing new side to the Southern folk writer.
A Bestiary of the Evolving Book
The influence of e-readers on the types of books that will be created in the future is detailed by Scholarly Kitchen. Starting with the “Classic E-book” on our Nooks and Kobos, this tech-savvy article explores “Enhanced Books,” “Muscular Books,” “Social Books,” and 140-character “Staccato Books.”
The Virginia Woolf You Never Knew
Flavorpill celebrates Virginia Woolf’s birthday with 59 little known facts about the extraordinary author including: 1) Her childhood nickname was “The Goat;” 2) She was a formidable bowler; 3) She and her husband owned a pet monkey named Mitz.
A Birthday Tradition Nevermore
A mysterious yearly ritual at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe seems to have come to an end. For 60 years, an unknown visitor would emerge from the shadows on Poe’s January 19th birthday to toast the macabre writer with three roses and a half bottle of cognac. Now, for the second year, the visitor has failed to appear.
There has been a lot of discussion about using My Media Mall (Overdrive) on the ipad. We can use Bluefire Reader but books must be first downloaded to the computer then transferred to the ipad. Bluefire does a great job of explaining this process, but it’s really not ideal.
So, we heard some rumors about the Overdrive iphone app working on the ipad. I have to say that it works! You can download books directly onto your ipad from your library’s Overdrive Collection. The most confusing part is that even though you need the App to make this work, during the process you will be bouncing in and out of your internet browser as well. I have taken some screenshots from the ipad, and have posted the instructions below. You will need a 3G connection or Wifi to do this. Continue reading
“Books have a kind of usability that, for most people, isn’t about to be trumped by bourgeoisie concerns about portability: They are the only auto-playing, backwards-compatible to the dawn of the English language, entirely self-contained medium we have left.”
This article in MIT’s Technology Review takes issue with the constant claims made by tech pundits that books are “dead.”