When Books Go Digital

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May 10, 2012

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When Books Go Digital

  1. 1. Elizabeth B. ThomsenNOBLE: North of Boston Library Exchange May 10, 2012
  2. 2.  Over 5,000 titles Over 6,000 copies About 2/3 ebooks, 1/3 audiobooks Adult, Young Adult and Children Fiction and Nonfiction Popular and Academic English and Russian Support for many popular devices, including Kindle, Nook, iPad/iPod/iPhone, Android smartphones and tablets, Blackberries, more
  3. 3.  It’s complicated Several different file formats DRM issues Not all devices support all formats Not all books are available in all formats People often struggle to get that first book Not all books available to libraries Publisher issues and rights issues
  4. 4.  12,645 individual borrowers 560 new borrowers last month 28,635 checkouts in Jan-Apr 2012 Use is steadily increasing with a big jump last September when Kindle support was added, and last Christmas, when ebook readers and tablets were popular gifts
  5. 5.  Project Gutenberg ManyBooks.net Librivox Beyond reading: annotated editions, literary mash-ups, adaptations, illustrated editions
  6. 6.  Elizabeth Thomsen et@noblenet.org

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