Librarians Talk of Abandoning E-Books

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Librarians are up in arms about e-books.

There has been much controversy lately around e-book lending at libraries. Pricing, lending policies, digital rights management and relationships between distributors and sellers are all issues on the table. (Here’s a good review of the situation from our own resident library expert Barbara Galletly.)

There is no end in sight for publishers and librarians to resolve their differences and we might be seeing now the beginning of a librarian e-book revolution.

Several prominent librarian bloggers have called for libraries to take their e-book budgets and spend them elsewhere. But where? The suggestions include adding more temporary staff, additional library community programming and things like a digital media lab or sound studio.

Those who would like to better understand how librarians feel about the issue should check out some of the posts themselves:

Alternative Uses for the Pesky eBook Budget — By Andy at Agnostic, Maybe

Should Libraries Get Out of the eBook Business? — By Bobbi Newman at Librarian by day

Ebooks and Libraries: Is it Worth the Effort? — By Guy LeCharles Gonzalez at his personal blog

What do you think? Are librarians in revolt? Should they abandon e-books? Leave a response in the comments below.

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Jeremy Greenfield

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Jeremy Greenfield is the editorial director of Digital Book World. Opinions presented here are his own. Read more of his work here.

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3 thoughts on “Librarians Talk of Abandoning E-Books

  1. I work for a library consortium of over 220 jurisdictions in California, and we are buying our own Adobe Content server to host works by independent publishers who are willing and eager to work with libraries. This model was proven when Douglas County, Colorado did it last year. Google Douglas County and ebooks for details – it’s an awesome storyline that you should definitely be reporting on!

  2. I regularly download eBooks from libraries in the form of Kindle books and Adobe Digital Reader books. My biggest complaint is that it’s not easy to find the titles I want, and they are often already booked by others. My next complaint is that Adobe Digital Reader is not a great reader, yet the library systems have basically turned everything over to Adobe.

    I currently use a reader called Read and Note that includes robust extraction, annotations, collaboration and organization tools — far superior to the other readers. But Read and Note is not available through public libraries at this time.

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