Libraries and ebooks

I saw an interesting article about an American company, BiblioLabs, pushing to make borrowing library materials “as easy as an Amazon “1-Click” purchase“:

Readers love e-books. In 2011, just four years after launched its Kindle e-reader, the online bookseller said it had sold more e-books than print books. But you would never guess their popularity by visiting your typical public library’s website…

BiblioLabs is working with publishers, e-content licensers and libraries to simplify online lending and, perhaps as significant, to change the way libraries view their collections. Its software allows libraries to deliver any content — e-books, documents, images, video or audio — instantly. Already, 1,700 libraries in Massachusetts have adopted its BiblioBoard platform. The company also has deals with the states of Arizona and North Carolina to give all libraries access to its platform…

It reminded me of this campaign to allow public libraries across Europe to lend ebooks free of charge:

Just at a time when advances in technology should be extending access to the riches of human knowledge, libraries are being prevented from buying or lending e-books. This is undermining their ability to provide their almost 100 million users in Europe with free access to human knowledge. It also raises important questions about democracy, learning and research, and the effective engagement of all citizens in a knowledge society…

Therefore we call on the EU Commission for a clear copyright framework that allows libraries to acquire and lend e‐books with an adequate remuneration to authors and other rights holders. Just as with printed books, an updated copyright framework should allow libraries to continue to provide their services for the benefit of all European citizens!

my Kindle

my Kindle

I am a recent convert to the world of ebooks myself, having purchased my own little Kindle at the start of the year.

I’d been so against the concept for so long that I’ve quite shocked myself with my complete and instantaneous conversion to e-reading. Since taking delivery of my electronic little friend 6 months ago, I’ve read only one paper book – and that was only because it was a gift (from the author).

So, I’m pretty keen on the idea of more e-books in libraries.


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