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Ebook lending and services

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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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