Category Archives: library ebooks

The WSJ is Wrong – Libraries Will Always Trump Kindle Unlimited

11252791576_0d4ea1ffb7_b[1] The Wall Street Journal has joined the chorus of voices comparing public libraries to subscription ebook services, and unfortunately its comparison is almost as false as the suggestion published by Forbes that libraries be replaced by Kindle Unlimited subscriptions.

Writing in yesterday’s WSJ, Geoffrey Fowler argues that public libraries offer a better value – for now: Continue reading

Report: Library eBook Lending Lags the US in Much of the World

5146281054_ba26fb9723_m[1]A new report from the IFLA reminds us that annoyances like Penguin and other major US trade publishers restricting checkouts is truly a first world problem.

Released last week, the IFLA 2014 eLending Background Paper offers a detailed look at the state of library ebook collections around the world. Continue reading

The ALA Wants You to Know that Libraries Are More Than Just a “Netflix for Books”

13232567193_45a92ba460_z[1]The launch of Kindle Unlimited last week spawned a round of articles calling for killing libraries and replacing them with KU subscriptions, and today the ALA fired back.

The American Library Association has released the results of their latest survey today, and according to the report libraries fill more needs in the community than simply as a warehouse for books. Continue reading

Hip Video Explains All-Digital Library in Bexar County, Texas

BiblioTechPromo2[1]–Read an e-book at home or in the library, or a digital comic or graphic novel.

–Maybe even read E to your visiting  child if you’re a jailed mother.

–Use two-way Google Hangouts video to enjoy a virtual book club without leaving your house. Or go to the same event in person and see yourself later on YouTube. Continue reading

‘Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription’ – Forbes

TimWorstallLibraryHater1[1]Amazon’s new subscription plan for e-book readers is already ammo for library-haters. Check out this gem in Forbes online.

The headline I’ve quoted reflects the precise sentiments of the article: “Let’s just close down the lending libraries and buy every citizen an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription.” Continue reading

Simon & Schuster Expands Library eBook Program to All US Libraries

496739855_21321c43f7_b[1]Satisfied with their year-old library ebook pilot, Simon & Schuster announced today that they were making their entire catalog of frontlist and backlist titles available as ebooks to all libraries in the US.

As with the pilot, libraries can acquire an ebook under a one-user at a time license which expires after a year. Library patrons can also buy buy S&S ebooks via the library website, earning libraries a commission on the ebook sales they generate. Continue reading

Publishers Price-Gouge Libraries, Libraries Respond by Cutting Back on the Service

BLC[1]In the consumer ebook market Amazon is a villain that tries to keep prices down, but there is no similar villain in library ebooks. As the major trade publishers have shown us time and again, publishers can jack up prices or otherwise limit services in order to try to get more revenue from libraries.

There isn’t much that libraries can do about it, but sometimes they do cancel contracts or otherwise walk away from a service which has grown to expensive. The Boston Library Consortium was recently the victim of a surprise price hike: Continue reading