E-books and Libraries: Providing Access and Planning Ahead

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E-books have gone from a niche service to a high demand format in an incredibly short time. And their pace of growth is likely to increase. Libraries have several key roles to play in the development …

E-books have gone from a niche service to a high demand format in an incredibly short time. And their pace of growth is likely to increase. Libraries have several key roles to play in the development of E-publishing: assisting users with their E-reading devices; developing practical ways to purchase, store and loan E-materials; educating their governing bodies, staff and public on the potential of E-reading; helping vendors understand the value of libraries in the distribution of E-materials; and planning future library facilities that perform well in an E-book environment. Chad Mairn and Al Carlson will help you get your feet on the ground in this virtual new world and provide you with resources that will help you and your library perform each of those roles more confidently.

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  • 1. http://www.slideshare.net/chadmairn @cmairn
  • 2. My agenda today is to quickly … share some thoughts on thefuture of reading electronically,repurposing space, discovering new books, and ...
  • 3. Joint-Use Library
  • 4. My Library serves … College Students and FacultyCollegiate High School Students and Faculty Public Library PatronsSo, e-books are used differently.
  • 5. FutureShock
  • 6. In 1971, Michael S. Hart (1947 –2011) created the first e-book by typing the Declaration of Independence into acomputer. Project Gutenberg was launched and now e-books are over 40 years old!
  • 7. e-ink vs. LCD/OLED screens
  • 8. E-Ink Hybrid Display! Source: http://goo.gl/xyidQ
  • 9. Color e-ink: A Game Changer?
  • 10. The form of the book has changed over time.The ‘book’ is the content, not the package!
  • 11. “Hardly any information technologygoes obsolete. Each new one throws its predecessors into relief.” James Gleick.
  • 12. Be an advocate for all of yourreaders no matterhow or what they chose to read!
  • 13. Access vs. Ownership Who wins?Should we even play the game? Should we have both?
  • 14. I don’t thinke-book formats willmatter in the nearfuture. E-books, Ihope, will be like CDs(i.e., they can beplayed on most anyCD player).Amazon? DRM?
  • 15. So, will physical books becompletely replaced by … ?
  • 16. And whathappened to LPs? Are they dead?
  • 17. In the early 1960’s,McLuhan wrote thatelectronic media wouldreplace visual culturewith aural/oral culture.He called it “electronicinterdependence.”
  • 18. DRM-free e-bookshttp://drmfree.calibre-ebook.com/ http://www.gutenberg.org/ http://overdrive.com/ http://openlibrary.org/
  • 19. Considering e-textbooks?
  • 20. Following Steps in an e-textbook isn’t easy!
  • 21. Usability/Readability Study
  • 22. E-book sales inthe US double year-on-year, paper bookssuffer double- digit losses. Source: http://goo.gl/K5NFN
  • 23. Repurposing the library
  • 24. Are you currently weeding your physical collection? If yes! Then donate thesebooks to Open Library. More information at: http://openlibrary.org/
  • 25. “If libraries are no longer storage spaces, I think they becomeknowledge performance spaces.” Source: @rmazarShare you space. Foster collaboration.Facilitate discovery. “Rethink possible.”
  • 26. Privacy and your rights
  • 27. The 2010: E-Book Buyers Guide to E-Book Privacy answers the following questions:o Can they keep track of book searches, either on their website or on the website of other e-book sources?o Can they monitor what youre reading and how youre reading it after purchase and link that information back to you? Can they do that when the e-book is obtained elsewhere?o Does the device have limited compatibility with books not purchased from an associated eBook store?o Can they keep track of book purchases? Can they track book purchses or acquisitions made from other sources?o With whom can they share the information collected in non-aggregated form?o Can they share information outside the company without the customers consent?o Do they lack mechanisms for customers to access, correct, or delete the information? Source: http://goo.gl/SwsNB
  • 28. The E-book User’s Bill of Rights• the right to use e-books under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitations.• the right to access e-books on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user chooses.• the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share e-book content within the spirit of fair use and copyright.• the right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, allowing the e-book owner the right to retain, archive, share, and re-sell purchased e-books. Read more at: http://goo.gl/YiTb9
  • 29. Book Discovery/Recommendations
  • 30. QR (Quick Response) codes can help guide mobile users inyour physical spaces come visit your digital library spaces.
  • 31. Broward County’s ideaspawned another idea. The key is to at least try something new.
  • 32. Offer free workshops for the publicand ask people to bring their devices!
  • 33. Help local authors get published
  • 34. A complete self-publishing platform. Converting text to EPUB format using CalibreUpload local content to“Community Reserve.”
  • 35. Authors are slowly bypassingpublishers and this will continue.Libraries are a middle-man too. What will happen to libraries?
  • 36. Visit a library and/or a store (e.g.,Best Buy) and play with a variety of e-readers/tablets to get a feel for the one you’d like to use.
  • 37. I mention to out-of-statelibrary patrons to find out what e-book vendor[s] their library uses and search for a cheat sheet online. Or ask a librarian for help. Be ready!! http://overdrive.com/files/ebook- cheat-sheet.pdf
  • 38. Popular E-book Vendors/Platforms 3M Cloud Library Freading Axis 360 Gale Virtual Reference Library Blio MyILibrary Books 24X7 OpenLibrary (not a vendor) EBL (E-book Library) OverDrive eBrary Project Gutenberg (not a vendor) EBSCO Safari Books Online
  • 39. The key is to practice. Use your e- reading device often, explore its functions, and read the FAQs.
  • 40. Stay informed! For e-publication cheat sheets, industry updates, and more visit Digital Delight(http://goo.gl/P2KNZ) and e-publishing Trends (http://goo.gl/2ys6t) Some conferences covering e-books etc.: Books in Browsers Computers in Libraries E-Book Summit Handheld Librarian
  • 41. Virtual Petting Zoo Google Plus Hangout gplus.to/chadmairn
  • 42. Let’s Hangout!gplus.to/chadmairn