eRA for eBooks? Taking Reader’s Advisory into the eBook Age
What is Reader’s Advisory?
“ A patron-centered library service for adult leisure readers. A successful readers’ advisory service is one in which knowledgeable, nonjudgmental staff help fiction and nonfiction readers with their leisure-reading needs.”
Joyce Saricks, Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library , 3 rd edition (2005)
Why should I care?
“ No one in my town is interested in ebooks.”
“ They’re never available on WILBOR/NEIBORS.”
“ I don’t have an ereader.”
“ They’re too complicated.”
Source: International Digital Publishing Forum - http://www.idpf.org/doc_library/industrystats.htm
Experimental writing and stories
Portability (depending on reading device)
Text size adjustability (depending on device)
Cons of Ebooks
Can only read for as long as the battery lasts
Digital Rights Management (DRM) – but depends on the publisher
CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT READER TO BUY?
Questions to ask
Do you want to be able to borrow books from the library?
Do you want to be able to do more than read books on it?
Do you want full color illustrations (if available)?
Lending of ereaders
Terms of service
RA Appeal Factors
Pacing, Characterization, Emotional Impact, etc.
“ Format” – Large print substitute?
Traditional review sources
Niche review sources
How to market
Why should I care?
Know your collection
Be aware of current trends
eBooks are still books, and to many, the library is books
One last thought
“ I feel like a big part of my role over the next 30 years of library leadership is going to be directed toward helping this transition occur—providing patrons with experiences and opportunities to make the leap from the page to the device.”
Brian Matthews, The Ubiquitous Librarian (blog), January 18, 2011
eBook Reader by goXunuReviews - http://www.flickr.com/photos/43602175@N06/4070018828/
Reader's Advisory Shelf, 2005 by hcplebranch - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hcplebranch/978619164/
Girl Reading A Book by This Is A Wake Up Call - http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisawakeupcall/274938224/