Librarians Talk of Abandoning 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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