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What Role Does a Library Have in the Ebook World?

What Role Does a Library Have in the Ebook World?






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    What Role Does a Library Have in the Ebook World? What Role Does a Library Have in the Ebook World? Presentation Transcript

    • eBook Applications in Libraries: Challenges & Opportunities Susan Gibbons Digital Initiatives Librarian University of Rochester November 2, 2001
    • eBook Devices
      • RCA REB1100- $299
      • RCA REB1200- $699
    • Features
      • 10-12 titles loaded simultaneously
      • Adjustable backlighting
      • Choice of 2 font sizes
      • Stylus for margin notes & highlighting
      • Hyperlinked dictionary (REB1100 only)
      • Hypertext touch screen
      • Bookmarking
      • Easy to erase markings
      • NO printing capability
    • Downloading eBooks Gemstar Server bn.com powells.com amazon.com ANALOG! Ethernet Port Gemstar Server
    • Encryption Problem
      • Title is encrypted so that it can be read only on a single, unique reader
      • In other words, cannot transfer a purchased title onto any other reader, even of the same model
      • Cataloging implications
    • Content
      • Barnes and Noble; Amazon; Powells; Gemstar Server
      • Predominately popular, adult fiction and non-fiction
      • Periodicals and newspaper subscriptions
      • What’s Missing?
        • Children
        • Young Adult
        • Academic & Scholarly
        • Foreign Language
    • eBook-only titles The Veteran By Frederick Forsyth First of a quintet of short stories Fire in the Hole By Elmore Leonard
    • eBook-Enhanced Titles Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian E-Book edition includes author’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech “A Case for Literature” Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era  by John Heilemann E-Book edition includes US v. Microsoft legal documents, including Gates’ deposition
    • Patron Responses
      • No complaints of eye strain
        • 67% read 1 or more complete titles
        • Combo backlighting & large font
      • Want devices to be lighter
      • Patrons really liked
        • backlighting
        • several titles in one package
        • larger fonts
    • Patron Responses
      • Not just curiosity
        • 35% prefer ebook; 23% no preference
      • Reasons for ebook preference
        • Large fonts, backlighting, easier to read & fun
      • Reasons for paper book preference
        • Tradition, more durable, better selection, no battery, less expensive
    • Librarian Responses
      • Encryption Challenges
        • Cataloging
        • Patrons can’t request specific titles
      • Circulation
        • Lots of stuff
        • Clean up ebooks
        • Recharge battery
      • Digital vs analog phone lines
      • Appropriate titles
      • How does one browse an ebook?
      • What if it breaks?
      • Preservation
      Librarian Responses
    • Audio eBooks
      • Digital equivalent of books on tape, but in MP3 files
      • Content is never lost of damaged
      • Audible.com has largest collection of audio ebooks
        • Permits library lending
        • Encryption protection is relaxed
      • Abridged, unabridged, subscriptions & non-traditional content
    • Patron Responses
      • Enjoy not having to carry around boxes of cassettes and CDs
      • Want cassette adapters for in-car listening
      • Ensure buttons and display screen are large enough
      • Ideally, patrons want to use their own MP3 players
    • Contact Information
      • Susan Gibbons
        • Digital Initiatives Librarian
        • University of Rochester
        • [email_address]
      This production was supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to The New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.