Ebooks in uk public libraries

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Ebooks in uk public libraries

  1. 1. Ebooks in UK public libraries Helen Leech Surrey Library Service, and Shelf Free (www.shelffree.org.uk) @helenleech
  2. 2. Some statistics Half of all adults now own a smartphone (Ofcom 2013) One in four households now has a tablet (Ofcom 2013) 23% of Americans read an e-book in 2012 (Pew) We think seven out of ten Surrey residents has a device on which they can e-read PwC think the ebook market is going to overtake the print market by 2017 Charlie Redmayne of HarperCollins thinks the book market’s going to settle at 50% digital (Telegraph) Around a fifth of library authorities in the UK are still NOT offering e-books Surrey spends 2.6% of its bookfund on e-books
  3. 3. Our problem is… Most bestsellers are published by the Big Six: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Random House and Simon and Schuster Only HarperCollins, Hachette and Random House “sell” to UK public libraries HarperCollins has a controversial 26 loan limit Random House only sells backstock
  4. 4. Ebooks to us means… Overdrive, Askews and Public Library Online (with WF Howes, Bolinda and Peters just entering the market) Popular fiction and non-fiction – not e-audio One user, one loan Epub and pdf Digital Rights Management software is normally Adobe Digital Editions… … which means no downloading on library computers No integration with the catalogue. Third parties only
  5. 5. What’s Surrey doing that’s special? E-book and e-reader awareness for staff “Which e-reader?” petting zoo and “help!” sessions for the public Big Push staff promotion E-newsletter to 160k members Lending kobos to ex-mobile users
  6. 6. Friction… http://prezi.com/kc62gmbp1wc4/how-to-download-alibrary-e-book-onto-your-e-reader/
  7. 7. A little history of car-crash e-lending Overdrive arrives in the UK around 2009 Surrey libraries’ ebook collection launches in 2010 with a hugely successful campaign targetting commuters “Anybody, anywhere” Overdrive’s controversial relationship with Amazon Penguin, Random House withdraw from Overdrive Beginning of the Dark Age of e-lending
  8. 8. Help! Rise of the Society of Chief Librarians’ digital / ebook group Discussions with the Publishers’ Association The Reading Agency’s digital marketing initiative Shelf Free (www.shelffree.org.uk)
  9. 9. Signs of a thaw All Party Parliamentary Group October 2012 Random House release backstock November 2013 Sieghart Review April 2013 Sieghart pilots October 2013
  10. 10. What are the Sieghart pilots trying to find out? “A key recommendation was that a series of pilots be constructed to test remote elending, based on one user, one copy and that copy would deteriorate after an agreed number of loans. The pilots are intended to provide publishers, authors, agents and libraries with an evidence base to assess what happens to lending and purchasing behaviour in those areas.” (Society of Chief Librarians and the Publishers Association InvitationTo Tender, September 2013)
  11. 11. The future’s brightening National workshop in November EBLIDA campaign, supported by CILIP The rise of the tablet The rise of the app Library Management System developments
  12. 12. We need to start talking about … The rise of self-publishing Patron Driven Acquisition The ethics of using our customer data How much control we want over the relationship with publishers Public Lending Right
  13. 13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ
  14. 14. Thank you! Helen Leech shelffree@gmail.com Shelffree.org.uk

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