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Starting this fall, the 220-member library cooperative Califa Library Group will begin rolling out a $325,000 project with the goal of buying from the smaller publishing companies thousands of e-books that the libraries will own forever. San Francisco and most other libraries lease their collection through OverDrive, a digital distribution company.
There’s a lot less dust and grime in today’s Wild West, but enough unknowns to compete in any new frontier.
Case in point: A new electronic book project started by the Nebraska Department of Education with the goal of offering free instructional content to teachers across the state.
The NeBook Project is a partnership of schools and state and nonprofit agencies to create electronic books and share them through the Education Department.
The project might be new, but the idea isn't.
In the "Your Money" section of the NYT there is this article: On Borrowing Digital Books From the Library
Line from article: Many publishers are nervous that borrowing e-books from libraries is too easy and will cut into digital sales, so they refuse to sell them to libraries, or restrict the number of times a digital book can be loaned.
The author then goes on to discuss the travails she has had getting ebooks from the library and wraps up the piece with this line - So much for free, easy reading. For my budget’s sake, I can only hope that publishers and libraries find a way to cooperate soon on making electronic books more readily available for borrowing.
Comment: I know there are layers of issues in regards to publishers and libraries and ebooks. For example there is the argument that libraries provide exposure for books that people would not have discovered otherwise and this can generate sales. Yet after reading the totality of this piece it is not hard for me to understand why publishers are edgy. People so quickly want to connect the concept of ebooks with FREE.
Residents learned how to download e-books inside the Digital Bookmobile on Wednesday at the William K. Sanford Library in Colonie (near Albany NY). The 74-foot vehicle, which will be at the East Greenbush Community Library on Thursday, is on a nationwide tour to demonstrate broadband Internet-connected PCs, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore the library ebook download service.
Amazon forces Unglue.it to Suspend Crowdfunding for Creative Commons eBooks
Amazon Payments has informed us that they will no longer process pledge payments for Unglue.it, forcing us to suspend all active ungluing campaigns. According to a Senior Account Manager at Amazon, Amazon has decided against “boarding fresh crowdfunding accounts at this time”. Amazon has been providing payment services for Unglue.it, as it does for the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
A member of the founding team at Unglue.It says ebook models make us choose. And she doesn’t mean choosing which catalog, or interface, or set of contract terms librarians want — though they do make those choices, and they matter. She means that librarians choose which values to advance, and which to sacrifice.
Full article at LibraryJournal - Digital Shift
Getting a library ebook you actually want to read is a lot like getting a latte from a small town diner. You end up with something that from the outside might seem passable, but is far from the real thing. I had experience with both recently and was very disappointed.
Full commentary by Annoyed Librarian
Once you buy an ebook you're pretty much stuck with it. That's yet another reason why consumers want low ebook prices. They're lacking some of the basic features of a print book so of course they should be lower-priced. I realize that's not the only reason consumers want low ebook prices, but it's definitely a contributing factor. I'd be willing to pay more for an ebook if I knew I could pass it along to someone else when I'm finished with it.