Dutch "library innovators" Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer are on a quest to ensure libraries survive the digital revolution – and pick up a few technology tricks along the way. The pair were in Wellington last week visiting the National, central and Karori libraries, and held a seminar for librarians in the city.
Hawaii State Library Offers Extensive E-Book Collection
Monthly circulation of audio and e-books has soared since the state library began offering the free service five years ago. Patrons have discovered the growing collection even though the library really has not really advertised the service.
A recent post at the Citizen Media Law Project about one’s First Sale rights with e-books got me thinking about libraries. CMLP noted that with e-books, one has no first sale rights because they are usually governed by licenses instead. First sale, however, is fundamental to the business of libraries. It allows us to loan to others copies of printed books we have purchased without violating the copyright owner’s rights to distribute the work. Some libraries have started lending e-book readers to faculty and students, including the Lewis Music Library at MIT and the NCSU Library, which are both loaning iPads. Is this legal?