Submitted by Blake on June 10, 2010 - 3:09pm
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on June 7, 2010 - 2:07pm
Publishers Need to Offer Popular E-Books through Libraries
Currently only a few publishers and distributors offer popular e-books in a manner that allows libraries to license and “lend” them or check them out to the public. E-books are a very exciting format that should dramatically change the “book” experience with the incorporation of multimedia, links to related sources, and of social networking.
A group of library folks have issued an Open Letter to E-Book Creators and Sellers encouraging them to take advantage of library buying power and make their popular e-book titles available to libraries and through them to the public. Done properly, everyone is a winner with libraries offering popular e-books.
Libraries and their customers have a long and mutually beneficial relationship with authors, publishers, and vendors, based on the printed word – books. Now, with the emergence of popular e-books and e-book readers, libraries are positioned to continue that partnership with these exciting new products.
Libraries have much to offer e-book sellers as you work to establish a new successful business model around the e-book format. At the same time libraries need e-book providers to offer e-pub materials in ways that enable and support use by libraries and library users. Here is the deal.
We will help you sell popular e-books.
- When users find e-books in library catalogs or on websites, they can borrow them and may have the option to rent or buy them.
Submitted by Blake on May 18, 2010 - 7:01am
Nylink to Wind Down Operations Over Next 12 Months
Nylink, a non-profit membership organization, will phase out its operations over the next 12 months. Steep declines in Nylink’s revenue as a result of fundamental changes in its business environment have seriously degraded Nylink’s ability to remain fully self-supporting. Part of the State University of New York System, Nylink has operated as a self-funded entity serving libraries throughout New York.
Submitted by Blake on April 3, 2010 - 3:32pm
Meredith Farkas Says Absolutely.
While I know EBSCO is doing things that will almost certainly increase their bottom line (because they essentially force people to purchase their products or not provide access to things their patrons need and want), I think it’s only going to result in them becoming the most hated vendor in libraryland (good news, Elsevier!) and severely decrease the amount of choice that librarians have in making subscription decisions. If these anti-competitive moves keep happening, it will really change the e-resources landscape for libraries, and not for the better.
Submitted by Blake on March 24, 2010 - 8:10am
Overdrive to Offer Honor System eBook Lending for Libraries
The purchase and usage model for DRM-free ebooks, at least to start, will be almost the same as for DRM ebooks. The library will be able to purchase one or more licenses for use by a single user of the book at a time. In other words, the patron will be able to borrow the ebook for a set borrowing period, during which time other patrons will not be able to read the ebook. At the end of the borrowing period, the patron will be reminded to delete the book from their computer or reading device. With DRM, the ebook "self-destructs" on its own, which might be viewed as a convenience if not for the headaches DRM can impose on users. Without DRM, the patron is on the honor system.
Submitted by Blake on March 16, 2010 - 1:53pm
After False Start, PTFS Finally Acquires LibLime
After some delay, the acquisition of Koha ILS support vendor LibLime by Progressive Technology Federal Systems (PTFS) is now "signed and completed," according to John Yokley, PTFS co-founder and CEO.
In January, just before the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Annual meeting, PTFS announced its plans to acquire LibLime, but was stymied in February by a dispute over financial terms. The deal was called off.
Submitted by Blake on March 12, 2010 - 1:56pm
Gina Preoteasa: Thought you might be interested in news that Springer has finalized an agreement with OCLC, which means that libraries will no longer receive any invoices from OCLC for MARC 21 (AACR2) records for Springer eBooks delivered via the WorldCat Collections Sets Services. Springer will be covering these delivery costs.
For additional information on MARC Records for the Springer eBook Collection click here.
Submitted by birdie on March 10, 2010 - 1:23pm
Hey, LISNews has company...Salem Press (they publish literary and history reference libraries in a variety of formats) is looking for the coolest library/librarian blogs around. Here's their contest announcement:
As you are probably aware, blogs about libraries have spread across the web. There are (literally) hundreds of people writing about books, libraries, librarians and related subjects. If you count the blogs that come from specific institutions, spreading local news, there are thousands of the things. Some are funny. Some are brilliant. Others, aren't.
Salem Press' staff includes many fans of library blogs. We're entertained and enlightened by them. So, we've decided to recognize the best efforts in the field. Not only to praise the praise-worthy but also to publicize the good stuff. To that end, we're hosting something we call the Library Blog Awards. We think there should be a well-organized directory of library blogs and a "peoples' awards" program of some kind to let folks know what blogs are best-liked and most widely read.
Go for it bloggers!! Thanks to the Effing Librarian for the tip!
Submitted by birdie on March 3, 2010 - 10:46am
Amazon is seeking to set up a physical base in Canada, The Bookseller has revealed, and has applied to the government to open a a "new Canadian business".
The move could lead to a huge shake-up of Canada's book trade. Amazon.com does not have a physical operation in the country, but sells books through its domain Amazon.ca. Moving into the country would mean the company could ship to Canadian consumers more quickly and cost-effectively. But to operate there, Amazon must receive permission from Canada's heritage ministry.
The application is subject to a confidential inquiry by the Canadian government, which will assess whether it breaks Canada's tough cultural protection rules, which are designed to prevent American influences from overpowering Canada's culture.
The move could prove to be a boon to Canadian publishers, but it would also hit the country's retailers. Dominant Canadian bookseller Indigo declined to comment.
Amazon launched its Canadian site in June 2002, amid protests from Canadian booksellers who argued that the online store violated regulations that prohibit foreign ownership. The Canadian government ruled that this was not the case since Amazon.com did not have a physical business in the country.
Story from Bookseller UK.
Submitted by birdie on March 1, 2010 - 9:42am
So much for being green and all that. At least eleven 15-year-old children were discovered to be working last year in three factories which supply Apple.
The company did not name the offending factories, or say where they were based, but the majority of its goods are assembled in China.
Apple also has factories working for it in Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, the Czech Republic and the United States.
Apple said the child workers are now no longer being used, or are no longer underage (i.e., they've grown up on the job). "In each of the three facilities, we required a review of all employment records for the year as well as a complete analysis of the hiring process to clarify how underage people had been able to gain employment," Apple said, in an annual report on its suppliers.
Submitted by birdie on February 20, 2010 - 11:17pm
I've spent a good part of the last day at the first annual Bookmark Collector's Virtual Convention BMCVC, where one of the presenters was Jen Funk Weber, who has created a program called Needle and ThREAD, Stitching for Literacy.
-a two-sided bookmark based on the old chicken/frog joke-
From her website: "In an effort to promote both literacy and needlework, Funk & Weber Designs is designing bookmarks. A minimum of 10% of profits from sales of Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy bookmark patterns will be donated to libraries, schools, and/or literacy programs." Sounds like a wonderful program to be shared in libraries.
Check out her Bookmark Challenge Kit.
Submitted by birdie on February 19, 2010 - 6:02pm
Things are heating up for Amazon.com on the sales tax front again. The California Senate just passed a bill that would require online retailers like Amazon to collect sales tax on web purchases. According to reports, the measure was part of a $5 billion budget package making its way through the California legislature. Virginia, Colorado and Illinois are also considering sales tax bills targeting online retailers.
Amazon — which only collects sales tax in a handful of states, giving it an advantage over brick-and-mortar retailers — fought hard against a similar wave of bills last year, and managed to stomp out most of them. But for cash-strapped states, desperately seeking new sources of revenue, the "Amazon tax" continues to be a powerful draw.
California lawmakers introduced a similar bill last year, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger threatened to veto it, and the matter was dropped. But with California in the midst of a budgetary meltdown, the idea has popped up again. According to reports, the "Amazon tax" bill is expected to generate $107 million in tax revenue annually for California.
The measure has yet to be signed by the Governor, but with California in fiscal crisis, he may just sign the bill this time.
Submitted by Blake on January 22, 2010 - 9:15am
An Open Letter To The Library Community
What you can do
Here are three things you can do to oppose exclusive licensing agreements:
1.Raise your voice. Join the Facebook group "Librarians for Fair Access to Content." Tweet. E-mail us at [email protected]. Call publishers and information providers and share your library's mission; tell them why these licensing practices are bad for libraries.
2.Pass this message along to other librarians and those who make decisions regarding your funding levels. Get others involved. There's strength in numbers.
3.Don't reward the behavior. Work with information providers who support your mission and understand your needs.
As the cost of licensing content increases artificially, prices will go up. If you worry about information costs going up, we ask you to take a stand.
Submitted by Blake on December 17, 2009 - 9:00am
Explain the Silence to Me:
"So why are these librarians taking it? Why are they being quiet? I don’t have an answer for you – and so I’m hoping someone out there can answer this for me. If you signed a contract for one product and then are told you have to use another – do you just say okay? or do you move on or demand the product you originally wanted."
I even really like citrus fruits! And yet...
"I've been having unkind words about LibLime percolating in my head for a week which I've been not posting here, because I try not to be an unkind-words sort of person. But I no longer feel restraint about that."
Submitted by Blake on November 11, 2009 - 8:33pm
OCLC and the Associated Press — Two Sides of the Same Information Provider Coin?
Two cooperatives — OCLCL1 on the bibliographic utility side and the Associated PressL2 on the newswire side — have the same pattern of activity:
* both are membership organizations,
* both seek to amplify the efforts of members (bibliographic records in one case, news stories and photographs in the other),
* both are reacting to threats to content under its purview, and
* both have prominent members experimenting with new forms of content delivery and use.
Submitted by Blake on November 11, 2009 - 6:33pm
Over at American Libraries Sean Fitzpatrick writes when Stephen Abram did weigh in on Open Source, his harsh criticism created quite a dust-up on Twitter and the blogosphere. But Abram’s white paper may have done more to legitimize the role of open source software (OSS) in libraries than challenge it; if nothing else, Abram’s marketing piece revealed that open source ILSs are a threat to the vendor-based market.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on November 4, 2009 - 2:10pm
Scott Douglas asks: <A HREF="http://speakquietly.blogspot.com/2009/11/have-very-merry-library-christmas.html">What Christmas card do you get your librarian friends this year? How about a library-themed Christmas card?</A>
Submitted by Blake on November 2, 2009 - 9:27am
Stephen Abram: The discussion about open source and integrated library systems has become more relevant and animated in the past year. Much has happened to fuel the discussion, especially recently with changes with the open source (and quasi-open source) vendors. Open source technology in general has become part of the technology discussion of in many industries including libraries.
Submitted by Blake on October 30, 2009 - 1:57pm
David Lee King pointed out A Post On Wikileaks about SirsiDynix: "This document was released only to a select number of existing customers of the company SirsiDynix, a proprietary library automation software vendor. According to our source it has not been released more broadly specifically because of the misinformation about open source software and possible libel per se against certain competitors contained therein."
[Update]: See Also It's About a Respectful Discussion for a discussion from the author. He's also posted a link to the "restricted" paper.
Submitted by birdie on October 21, 2009 - 8:31am
Last week, Wal-Mart cut the price of some popular new books to just $10, a slice of over 60%. Not willing to be out-done on home turf, Amazon matched them. Wal-Mart went down to $9. Amazon went to $8.99. Target jumped in tardily at $8.99. Then Sears jaunted into the battle and dropped some serious knowledge: books for free.
How? Buy any one of those deep-discounted books at Target, Wal-Mart, or Amazon, and send Sears the receipt and they'll give you a credit of $9 towards anything you buy from Sears online.
Sears says this is part of some campaign called "Keep America Reading" which would be more appropriately called "Keep America Buying Books". And buy books they'll do, if the $10 price point sticks past the holiday rush.