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E-books In The Library


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An overview of how people are using e-books, how libraries are incorporating e-books into services, and the challenges libraries face when moving to digital content.

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E-books In The Library

  1. 1. E-books in the Library Presented by Kathy Lussier SEMLS Assistant Administrator for Technology
  2. 2. E-books in the Library <ul><li>Overview of E-Books and Devices </li></ul><ul><li>How Libraries Are Using E-Books </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges for Libraries </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Gemstar E-book Reader </li></ul><ul><li>In 2001, SEMLS purchased these devices for public libraries in the region to introduce new technology to staff. </li></ul><ul><li>8MB – enough to hold 20 novels. </li></ul><ul><li>Weighs only 18 ounces! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Early E-Reader Complaints <ul><li>Expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Heavy </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to read in direct light </li></ul><ul><li>It’s another device to carry around </li></ul>
  6. 6. After the Early E-Readers
  7. 7. <ul><li>Advantages of E-Ink </li></ul><ul><li>Longer battery life </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to read in direct light / less eyestrain </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sony Reader Released in 2006
  9. 9. And Then Came the Kindle
  10. 10. It’s All About the Easy, Wireless Downloads
  11. 11. E-Reader Market
  12. 12. Christian Science Monitor , December 30, 2009
  13. 13. What We See In These Readers <ul><li>E Ink – Easier on the eyes and less drain on the battery. </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless downloading is desirable feature. </li></ul><ul><li>Support for ePub format is plus for libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>Read-aloud feature in Kindle. </li></ul><ul><li>One-time lending allowed with Nook. </li></ul><ul><li>Newer readers incorporating touch screens. </li></ul><ul><li>Readers keep adding functionality: play MP3 files, browse the Web, work with documents. </li></ul>
  14. 14. E-Book Sales Starting to See Success The Guardian , December 28, 2009
  15. 15. Future Directions (Color) <ul><li>Color E-Ink </li></ul><ul><li>Mirasol Color Panels </li></ul><ul><li>Colors still are not as vibrant as LCD display. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Do We Need E Ink to Read Books? <ul><li>Lag Time Between Page Turns </li></ul><ul><li>Less “Touch” Sensitivity </li></ul><ul><li>Color displays still aren’t as vibrant as LCD. </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Complaint About Reading Off a Screen <ul><li>The amount of time people in the industrialized world spend reading text off a screen has long since nullified this complaint. Literally billions of people have proven that they're willing and able to read huge volumes of text off absolutely horrible screens. </li></ul><ul><li>John Siracusa, “The once and future e-book: on reading in the digital age,” ars technica, 2/1/2009 </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Peanut Press Model <ul><li>Peanut Press (later and now Fictionwise) saw that a large segment of the population owned Palm devices and decided to create e-reader software for devices people already owned. </li></ul>
  19. 19. There’s An App for That <ul><li>There have been more downloads of iPhone eBook apps than there are Kindles and Sony Readers combined. </li></ul><ul><li>Sarah Rotman Epps, Forrester Research </li></ul><ul><li>7/8/2009 </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Lend Kindles, Nooks and Sony Readers pre-loaded with books. </li></ul><ul><li>Lend iPods and MP3s pre-loaded with audio books. </li></ul>Lending Devices
  22. 22. Disclaimer
  23. 23. Lending E-Readers… <ul><li>Provides users with an opportunity to try out new technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Places the library as a technology leader in the community. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows users to carry many titles on one device (great for travel!) </li></ul><ul><li>Provides an option for users who prefer an electronic format. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Some things to try… <ul><li>E-readers with a theme (mystery, adventure, romance.) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide front-line staff with authority to make point-of-request purchases for e-reader. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Providing Downloadable E-books & Audiobooks <ul><li>Does not require a trip to the library. </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons can use preferred device (sort of.) </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries maintain focus on content. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Problems With Downloadable Content <ul><li>Limited selection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overdrive: more than 300,000 e-book, audiobook, and music titles. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kindle: more than 360,000 e-book titles. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nook: more than 1 million e-book titles. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Separate software download required </li></ul><ul><li>File formats may not play on preferred device. </li></ul><ul><li>Almost no convenient wireless downloading. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Overdrive’s Android App <ul><li>Finally, a way to download an audiobook from your library directly to your phone. </li></ul><ul><li>Goal is to provide easy and convenient access to library’s Overdrive collection. </li></ul>
  28. 28. How Does It Work?
  29. 29. A step forward, but it still needs work.
  30. 30. Fisher-Watkins Library, Cushing Academy
  31. 31. Fisher-Watkins Library, Cushing Academy <ul><li>School replaced nearly all of the 20,000-volume collection with a collection of electronic books. </li></ul><ul><li>68 e-readers are available (NPR, All Things Considered, November 9, 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Purchased a large collection of e-books and e-resources. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Two Weeks Into a Pilot Project at Princeton The Daily Princetonian , 9/28/09
  33. 33. <ul><li>Let’s learn from the Cushing Academy experiment and find out what worked and what didn’t as we enhance our own electronic collections. </li></ul>
  35. 35. What Consumers Like <ul><li>Convenient (from anywhere) and easy (wireless) downloads of materials. </li></ul><ul><li>A variety of titles to choose from. </li></ul><ul><li>Some are happy to try out new technology with the library’s devices, but others prefer to use their own device. </li></ul>
  36. 36. In An Ideal World… <ul><li>The library is able to purchase any title published in electronic format at the same price the average consumer pays and makes it available so that consumers can access it directly from their device. The file will work on whichever device is preferred by the consumer. </li></ul>
  37. 37. Hold On to Right of First Sale <ul><li>“ E-Book Economics: Are Libraries Screwed?” by Tim Spaulding of LibraryThing: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>For libraries to maintain their value in the community, we need to be able to get multiple uses out of one purchase, and that purchase needs to be the same price that a consumer pays. </li></ul>
  38. 38. BookServer <ul><li>BookServer - - is an open architecture for finding, selling, and lending e-books over the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>What will make publishers and booksellers buy into this system? </li></ul>
  39. 39. Role for Library <ul><li>Explore these new formats and make them available to your users. </li></ul><ul><li>Push vendors to improve products so that they are as easy to use as e-books available to the general consumer. </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate for a model that keeps “right of first sale” in tact. Do not rely on the market to come up with this solution for you. </li></ul>