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Libraries, publishers, and all parties in between are still feeling their way toward a happy ebook medium. As consumers drive ever increasing digital demand, readers now turn to their digital branches to get a feel for new authors and discover new titles. But when the library copy is just a click away from the retail version, can the traditional model of sales to libraries hold?
At Digital Book World 2011, we gathered key players in the library space to answer just that. Moderated by Josh Hadro, Associate Editor – Reference, Library Journal, Christopher Platt, Acting Director, Collections and Circulating Operations, The New York Public Library, Ruth Liebmann, VP, Director of Account Marketing, Random House, Steve Potash, President and CEO, OverDrive, Inc., and George Coe, President of the Library & Education division of Baker & Taylor.
The panel explains how the model of library ebook lending stands today for the majority of publishers (“one book, one user”) and explores how it may evolve. Are there also new opportunities for promoting books through libraries? Are there new ways to increase author visibility, and make works more discoverable and available than ever before?
Bringing together the publisher and library perspectives, this panel considers the major factors that must figure into a well-rounded ebook model—one that ultimately doesn’t cannibalize sales and also adequately serves the needs of public library users.
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