eBooks/eReaders: Where Are We?, Where Are We Going?


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  • We are not seeing several of our users once they receive cards. Moving Target
  • If Overdrive goes out of business or is bought out-there goes the libraries’ money and e-books.Libraries are businesses in that they buy and lease books!Self destructing vs. permanent (permanence is a high value in the library world). OverDrive, B&T’s Axis 360 and Blio, and 3M’s Cloud Library ebook), collaboration through consortia, selection, purchasing, and marketing of ebooks.Two things were crystal clear, however: ebooks use has exploded in public libraries. And OverDrive isn’t the only kid on the blockMost libraries lack the technical infrastructure to store and disseminate the ebook. However, Douglas County Colorado is on the forefront of this movement and is buying books (from Gale) and hosting them on their own server. The content is also integrated with the library’s catalog.
  • In the last decade, Academic libraries have shifted the bulk of their journal purchasing to the electronic format.
  • Pew Research Center=20 percent of the population.
  • eBooks/eReaders: Where Are We?, Where Are We Going?

    1. 1. eBooks/eReaders WHERE ARE WE? WHERE ARE WE GOING? Ted
    2. 2. Restaurant example
    3. 3. From our AzLA President “Within the next decade we may see the demise of print books.” “We will continue to work to ensure the right of every person to access digital content regardless of whether they can afford to purchase an e-Reader or eBooks.”A Message from the Director-Nancy Ledeboer
    4. 4. The medium is the message“One does not have to wade into McLuhan to see thatelectronic readers and associated devices, incombination with the Internet, are a new plateau in thedissemination of language and literature.” Rex Murphy,National Post (Toronto).
    5. 5. Richland County PL, South Carolina
    6. 6. New Opportunity?
    7. 7. Operating atop shifting sands? An investment in hardware that is sure to be out of date in only several years is not a trivial issue for most libraries.” (eBooks and eReaders in Public and Academic Libraries). The Digital Books are licensed and not owned and thus do not have right of first purchase.
    8. 8. Public Library Perspective“If it’s fair to say that Academic Libraries already havean ocean of electronic content available, then publiclibraries are more akin to a desert.” (eBooks and eReaders in Public and Academic Libraries).
    9. 9. The Revolution is HereSource: Library Journal Second Annual Ebook Survey-
    10. 10. Left in the Dust?Our Mission“This issue is important because it fundamentally impactsthe primary role of the library-to connect people andinformation.” (eBooks and eReaders in Public and Academic Libraries)
    11. 11. The Have NotsSource: Library Second Annual Ebook Survey-10-12-11
    12. 12. 12% of American adults own e-Book readers
    13. 13. Death of the dedicated eReader?
    14. 14. Device proliferation & convergenceSource: Library Second Annual Ebook Survey-10-12-11
    15. 15. The Tablet Surge
    16. 16. Do we really want to read bedtime stories to our children using an iPad?
    17. 17. Seniors like touch screens “Unlike some technologies, eReaders are not always intuitive.” We no longer want tied down to wired plug & play. Adjustable Font Size
    18. 18. Print vs.Digital “Each format offers specific technological advantages to recommend it, but six in 10 survey respondents who commented on the subject found more to like about paper books’ durability, freedom from battery or electric power, and ease on the eyes. Only one in four had such positive things to say about e-books’ convenience or various enhancements.” Booking to the Future by Jamie E. Helgren.
    19. 19. Beyond the Tipping Point Yet no matter what librarians think, it is library users who will guide the future demand for format options in books and libraries. Perhaps this demographic should be surveyed next, to try to get a clearer view of their expectations.- Jamie E. Helgrenin Booking to the Future
    20. 20. 2010 vs. 2011-A High RiseSource: Library Second Annual Ebook Survey-10-12-11
    21. 21. The Benefits of Being Flexible Think of the possibilities! Book Clubs & One Book-One Community programs
    22. 22. HarperCollins Controversy
    23. 23. What if Hachette, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster agree to join Overdrive?
    24. 24. The Challenge and the Chaos of DRM “Digital Rights Management, or what at least one advocacy group calls Digital Restrictions Management.” eBooks and eReaders in Public and Academic Libraries.
    25. 25. DRM As were all too aware, digital library content is still locked up by and large in either clunky formats or dedicated consoles. DRM doesnt frustrate most librarians because were anti-capitalist, free-content absolutists; it gets us worked up because its a pain in the neck for our patrons, and more often than not it stops this convergence idea dead in its tracks. Josh Hadro Library Journal
    26. 26. Time to enter the permanent whitewater Get ready for twist and turns and flips. It’s going to be different and exciting. Forward to Convergence!
    27. 27. A new Digital Divide?
    28. 28. It won’t be long now.Books and libraries are among our most powerfulsymbols. But like lighthouses — once too so vital andnecessary — maybe libraries now have moreemblematic than genuine cultural impact.Please do not mistake me. I love libraries, and willalways. I love lighthouses too. But then came GPS,the Kobo of navigation.Rex Murphy-National Post (Toronto)
    29. 29. Libraries must reinvent themselves? “There has been much discussionbut little concrete action, It’s as if manyof us want to move forward, but are notsure even where to begin.”eBooks and eReaders in Public andAcademic Libraries)Library Renewal.orgGreater Phoenix Digital Library staff wiki shares trainingmaterials, locally grown resources, and ideas about how tobetter serve our customers.
    30. 30. Teen or Toddler Years?
    31. 31. The Ultimate Goals? Clouds or Hybrids? Unlimited access to e-books-No wait lists Download directly from the Library Catalog into the device The Digital books are stored on a cloud, so device memory would not be occupied Hybrid-digital rights when a print copy is purchased
    32. 32. Booking into our Future
    33. 33. eBooking into our Future
    34. 34. eBooking into our Future
    35. 35. Into the Unknown“If we don’t take the challenge of creating our future, itwill be created for us—forcing us into a more andmore marginalized niche.”-George Needham Renewing a sense of optimism of the potential of technology and libraries.
    36. 36. eBooks/eReaders THANK YOU! TED