'ebooks and public libraries presentation' at Hikuwai Weekend School
Some stuff librarians should know
Where to from here for libraries
Hauraki District Libraries Manager
Hikuwai Regional Weekend School
3-4 March 2012
This is not:
• an ebook history lesson
• a comprehensive overview
• the same as what it started out as!
• From a public library perspective
• Not about OverDrive vs Wheelers, or device wars
• About more than just ebooks
A disruptive innovation
Past, present and future(s)
Digital Restrictions Management
Libraries and ebooks
The eReading ecology
Towards a Library Position
Adobe from your .mobi?
Kindle from your Kobo?
ipad from your Android?
“Behind the Scenes with ebooks”
Down with DRM?
Current ebook DRM is not
Anti-features vs. Free software
Lockdown dead ahead
This affects me & libraries how?
Comparisons to music industry
Similar yet quite different
•Slow to embrace digital •Repeated use vs single use
•Litigate first •No alt. revenue stream (Concerts)
•Slow collective response •no free market system (RRP)
•„big‟ middlemen •Sales & growth opportunity
•Radio vs libraries
•Reading is a mono-tasking activity
•Internet is grown-up now
Music dropped DRM in 2007
past has created the present
change from within not without
we can shape our future
libraries asserting their value
Dowe need a Libraries position?
What is the Reading Ecology?
• Bigger than us
• Its all about the reader
• What we bring to the table
• Our e-value proposition?
Branding is over, reputation is everything!
We have reputation in spades – let‟s
leverage off it.
Libraries = free marketing & reputation
building for publishers
“The library channel has money to spend”
“publishers need libraries more than
libraries need publishers”
What we do for publishers & authors
1. We let people read your books.
2. We introduce people to your books
3. We celebrate books and authors everyday, all year long.
4. We archive older books
5. We do publicity
6. We WANT to buy your books.
7. We love books too.
8. Who else is going to pay for databases and journals?
9. Library users are your best customers.
“How eBook Catalogs at Public Libraries Drive
Publishers’ Book Sales and Profits” -
OverDriveThought Leadership White Paper
1.4 billion library visits in 2008
$143million US spent on electronic content in 2010
Discoverability drives revenue
• Sony Library Finder
Library promotions lead to sales
whetting the consumer appetite.
As the market for eBooks continues to develop, the
significance of public libraries will grow.
“imagine how strong the
bias against the
companies that "killed
libraries" would be.”
User Power gets results -
Champion „readers rights‟
• The eBook User’s Bill of Rights
• The eBook Buyer’s Bill of Rights
Support open standards
• epub, epub, epub
• But remember no Kindle!
Every eBook user should have the following rights:
1. ...eBooks ...that favor access over proprietary
2. ....eBooks on any technological
platform, including the hardware and
software the user chooses
3. the right to annotate, quote
passages, print, and share ...within the spirit
of fair use and copyright
4. the right of the first-sale doctrine extended
to digital content...
1. You have the right to a proper cover
2. You have the right to a Table of Contents
3. You have the right to proper formatting by
4. You have the right to highlight passages
5. You have the right to set Bookmarks
6. You have the right to Copy passages
7. You have the right to legible illustrations
8. You have the right to proofreading
9. You have the right not to be assaulted …
ebooks Libraries Popn
books per title
Nove-L 289 147 10 360,000 826
epukapuka 515 122 13 650,000 1020
Download 332 126 14 390,000 852
SI Downloadable Zone
Nov Dec Jan
Or none of the above?
Critical NZ mass have ebooks
Unite and lobby
Something completely different?
1. 5 Reasons Why E-Books Aren’t There Yet; http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/06/ebooks-not-there-yet/all/1
2. DRM Definition; http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/DRM Dictionary.com
3. The digitization of the music industry vs. the book world: the ultimate overview (parts i-iv);
4. Bookseller Backed by Big Publishers Advocates Abandoning Digital Rights Management;
5. A few future sources of ebook innovation; http://www.futurebook.net/content/few-future-sources-ebook-innovation
6. HarperCollins Sues Over Ebook Rights; http://www.thepassivevoice.com/12/2011/harpercollins-sues-over-ebook-rights/
7. Between an ebook and a hard place; http://freerangelibrarian.com/2012/02/18/between-an-ebook-and-a-hard-place/
8. This Deal Is Getting Worse All the Time; http://libraryrenewal.org/2011/11/22/this-deal-is-getting-worse-all-the-time/
9. How eBook Catalogs at Public Libraries Drive Publishers‟ Book Sales and Profits; Thought Leadership White Paper
10. Random House makes history, says it will sell books to libraries with no restriction on number of
11. Ebook Talks: The Details; http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/e-content/ebook-talks-details
12. User: Dealing With Pirated Ebooks Is Easier Than With Legal Ones; http://ebookfriendly.com/2011/11/20/user-dealing-with-
13. Is there a place for readers' collectives in the bright new world of eBooks? ;
14. Will publishers kill Amazon's golden goose?; http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505124_162-57343682/will-publishers-kill-
15. E-Book Readers Face Sticker Shock; http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204336104577096762173802678.html
16. EC ebook probe could impose major fines; http://www.thebookseller.com/news/ec-e-book-probe-could-impose-major-
17. Social messaging costly for telco operators; http://getsometechnews.com/2012/02/social-messaging-costly-for-telco-
18. Freading Ebook Library from Library Ideas, LLC; http://www.swissarmylibrarian.net/2012/02/08/freading-ebook-library-from-
19. Just say no to Freegal; http://librarianinblack.net/librarianinblack/2011/04/just-say-no-to-freegal.html
20. Paulo Coelho wants YOU to pirate his books!; http://mhpbooks.com/48583/paulo-coelho-wants-you-to-pirate-his-books/
21. Earthquake Inspires New Zealand Author to Launch Own Press; http://publishingperspectives.com/2012/02/earthquake-inspires-new-
22. Kindle Connects to Library E-Books; http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/books/amazons-kindle-to-make-library-e-books-
23. The Era Of Brand Imperialism Is Over. Long Live The Reputation Economy!; http://www.forbes.com/sites/onmarketing/2011/12/16/the-
24. 9 Reasons Publishers Should Stop Acting Like Libraries Are The Enemy; http://librarianbyday.net/2011/11/23/9-reasons-publishers-
25. Why Publishers Should Not Only Allow Libraries to Lend Ebooks But Pay Them; http://librarywebhead.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/why-
26. Survey Says Library Users Are Your Best Customers ; http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publishing-and-
27. Elsevier Withdraws Support For The Research Works Act; http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/intro.cws_home/newmessagerwa
28. The eBook User‟s Bill of Rights; http://librarianinblack.net/librarianinblack/2011/02/ebookrights.html
29. The eBook Buyer‟s Bill of Rights; http://ipadtest.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/the-ebook-buyers-bill-of-rights/
30. This Deal Is Getting Worse All the Time; http://libraryrenewal.org/2011/11/22/this-deal-is-getting-worse-all-the-time/
32. Amazon remotely deletes Orwell e-books from Kindles, unpersons reportedly unhappy (update);
33. Sony rootkit roundup, part II; http://boingboing.net/2005/11/17/sony-rootkit-roundup.html
34. Letter to the Boston Public Library ; http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/bpl.html
35. Open source means freedom from 'anti-features„; http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=AF540AA5-1A64-6A71-CE7BA509E86DF897
36. Machiavellian Lens; http://research.danlockton.co.uk/toolkit/machiavellian_draft.pdf
37. The coming war on general-purpose computing; http://boingboing.net/2012/01/10/lockdown.html
38. Why iBooks Author is a big deal for publishers;
39. Apple's mind-bogglingly greedy and evil license agreement; http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/apples-mind-bogglingly-greedy-and-evil-
40. Pulling the eBook trigger, By jivedanson: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jivedanson/4569187448/in/photostream/
Very much from a public library, popular lending ebook environment as that reflects my experience – qualify that statement, plenty of coverage of wider issues and what is happening outside of public libraries, but looking at implication of that on public libraries and how they access/supply/provide ebook services to the public Any discussion about ebooks can’t not include discussion on what is happening in the wider publishing ecosystem of which libraries are part – despite what HC or Penguin et al might think! Personal professional observations of stuff that I have come across and that I think needs wider exposure and/or understanding amongst the general librarian population!
TimoBoezeman – Futurebook bloggerdigital publisher and acquisitions editor non-fiction for A.W. Bruna Publishers, one of the largest publishers in The Netherlands
Bear in mind LIANZA overall standard of around 2.5-3.5 items per capita!At one stage during travellight there were only 13 ebooks and 33 audiobooks available.