Library Ebook Friction

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  • Broken on all major platforms, only locks people in
  • Great, but doesn’t apply to libraries
  • 3rd party systems don’t integrate well. (Stephen King = Scribner = imprint of Simon & Schuster)What if we also had 3M books?
  • What about right of first sale?
  • Inflexible checkout times – 1000 pages in 2 weeks? What about 4000 pages?
  • Kindle downloads are a bit easier, until Penguin changed that anyway
  • Library Ebook Friction

    1. LIBRARYEBOOKFRICTIONCHAD HAEFELEEMERGING TECHNOLOGIES LIBRARIAN, UNC CHAPEL HILLCHAEFELE@EMAIL.UNC.EDU
    2. NY TIMES ARTICLE
    3. “FRICTION”• “We want to insure that customers who have typically been book buyers do not migrate their purchasing into borrowing as accessibility to our books becomes frictionless.” –Alison Lazarus, Pres. Of Sales, Macmillan• “Some publishers like the idea of in-library lending of ebooks as a way to recreate the “friction” of a print transaction: The patron has to physically go to the library.”http://bit.ly/zmVVxt
    4. WHY ARE LIBRARIES DIFFERENT?
    5. DRM
    6. WHAT’S LEFT?
    7. OVERDRIVE’S PUBLISHER DEALS
    8. PENGUIN• Used to sell ebooks to libraries, but not anymore• Old purchased titles maintained, but no direct download to devices
    9. HARPERCOLLINS• A library ebook can only be checked out 26 times
    10. RANDOM HOUSE• Library ebooks cost more • Average of 35% more • Sometimes 300% more
    11. HACHETTE, SIMON & SCHUSTER,AND MACMILLAN
    12. bit.ly/noebooks
    13. TECHNOLOGICAL RESTRICTIONS
    14. CATALOG
    15. RIGHT OF FIRST SALE
    16. INFLEXIBLE LOAN OPTIONS
    17. Comic here http://bit.ly/d5r2Dg
    18. cHaefele@email.unc.edu

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