E-books Issues #IL2011

Bobbi Newman: Digital divide. You need an e-reader and high-speed access at home.

2,000 books is not a big enough collection for a public library.

Hallelujah, you can now read Overdrive books from the library on an Amazon Kindle. Amazon got a lot of good marketing stats, and libraries got zero.

Sarah Houghton: We don’t read the fine print. We take whatever books we can get. The average librarian thinks you own the books; you lease them. Terms of service override copyright law. Companies can put whatever they want in the terms of service. When patrons borrow through Amazon, it’s being kept on a corporate web site, and they can’t take it off as far as we know. Violates our principles. Also they try to sell you stuff when your book is due.

Amy Affelt, corporate librarian: Would like to buy portions of e-books and usually can’t. Usually have to click a box that says “read on this PC only.” Amazon doesn’t let you download to somebody else’s Kindle. Want to be able to pay to read it across all platforms. Ends up paying to read on any device they want to read on.

Faith Ward, elem. school libn.: 1st graders made more mistakes with their reading on the e-book. OTOH, when kids are interested in the e-book, she can get them to do more. Standards are requiring the ability to read non-print texts.

Question re. Adobe digital editions that you can’t pass along. Infotrieve has a problem explaining what they do to publishers. Bobbi: DRM does not work with print material.

Question re. cost-benefit of e-book circulation: Sarah: It depends on what you’re buying. We don’t get the discount we traditionally got on print books.

AIIP negotiated an agreement with some publishers the right to pass along e-documents. Response: No unified voice for all libraries.

Container and content go together. If you want to use Kindle, you’re buying from Amazon and taking its terms.

Amazon gives inconsistent answers about what libraries can do with their products.

Question re. what law libraries can do: you want no DRM, you want reasonable pricing comparable to what we’ve had for print, you want to be able to take it to differnt platforms.

We don’t sign contract with our paper book vendors; why are we signing contracts with e-book vendors?

Colorado libraries are doing some innovative things in getting contracts from publishers.

Libraryrenewal.org – org. trying to negotiate these issues.


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