eBook Lending
Gary Green
Surrey County Council Library Service
gary.green@surreycc.gov.uk
Past, Present, Future
• Back to the 1930s
• Ebooks today
• How ebook lending
services work
• The future?
© Wiertz Sébastie...
Ebooks - Beginnings
• A 1930s idea:
• “The Readies”
• Reality in the 1940s:
• Index of Thomas
Aquinas
• Mechanical
Encyclo...
Project Gutenberg (1971)
• First digital library
• 45,000 ebooks
• Still freely available
now via the internet
© gato.vill...
Modern eBooks
• eBook – text file
• eReader – the
device you read it
on
• Compatibility
© Kodomut/Flickr
Ebooks – 21st Century
• Recent popularity
• Most public library
ebook services less
than 5 years old
• Why lend ebooks?
© ...
UK Statistics (2013)
• 80m ebook sales
• 323m print book sales
• 1-in-5 sales are self-published
books
• Est. 35% of book ...
Key Players
• Non-traditional:
• Amazon
• Tech organisations
• Supermarkets
• Publishers
• Booksellers
• DIY self-publishe...
Surrey Example
• Services
• Overdrive
• Project Gutenberg
• One Click Digital
• Access via apps,
internet, desktop
compute...
Challenges
• Changing ebook landscape
• Publishers concerns
• Some high costs
• Supporting staff & library
users
© Eric Ri...
Government eLending Review
• Acknowledged problems
• Asked for feedback
• Positive ideas
• Pilot projects
© Mike Licht/Fli...
The Future?
• It is still early days
• Still no single “best way”
• Pilots will help guide us
• What technology is around
...
Thank you
Gary Green
Surrey County Council Library Service
gary.green@surreycc.gov.uk
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This is a presentation I gave on ebooks at the Association of Pall Mall Libraries meeting in April 2014.

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Ebook lending and services

  1. 1. eBook Lending Gary Green Surrey County Council Library Service gary.green@surreycc.gov.uk
  2. 2. Past, Present, Future • Back to the 1930s • Ebooks today • How ebook lending services work • The future? © Wiertz Sébastien/Flickr
  3. 3. Ebooks - Beginnings • A 1930s idea: • “The Readies” • Reality in the 1940s: • Index of Thomas Aquinas • Mechanical Encyclopedia © Eirik Newth/Flickr
  4. 4. Project Gutenberg (1971) • First digital library • 45,000 ebooks • Still freely available now via the internet © gato.villegas/Flickr
  5. 5. Modern eBooks • eBook – text file • eReader – the device you read it on • Compatibility © Kodomut/Flickr
  6. 6. Ebooks – 21st Century • Recent popularity • Most public library ebook services less than 5 years old • Why lend ebooks? © Let Ideas Compete
  7. 7. UK Statistics (2013) • 80m ebook sales • 323m print book sales • 1-in-5 sales are self-published books • Est. 35% of book sales in next 2 years will be ebooks © Libraryman/Flickr
  8. 8. Key Players • Non-traditional: • Amazon • Tech organisations • Supermarkets • Publishers • Booksellers • DIY self-publishers © theunquietlibrary/Flickr
  9. 9. Surrey Example • Services • Overdrive • Project Gutenberg • One Click Digital • Access via apps, internet, desktop computers © Peter Gene/Flickr
  10. 10. Challenges • Changing ebook landscape • Publishers concerns • Some high costs • Supporting staff & library users © Eric Rice/Flickr
  11. 11. Government eLending Review • Acknowledged problems • Asked for feedback • Positive ideas • Pilot projects © Mike Licht/Flickr
  12. 12. The Future? • It is still early days • Still no single “best way” • Pilots will help guide us • What technology is around the corner? © Mike Licht/Flickr
  13. 13. Thank you Gary Green Surrey County Council Library Service gary.green@surreycc.gov.uk

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