Tech Sharecase, 4 March 2011

Attendees
Janey Chao, Lisa Ellis, Stephen Francoeur, Harold Gee, Joseph Hartnett, Jin Ma, Rita Ormsby, Michael Waldman, Kevin Wolff

Discussion
We had a wide-ranging discussion of ebooks and ebook readers:

  • HarperCollins limiting ebook checkouts on titles in OverDrive to 26 times
  • Video by public librarians identifying HarperCollins print titles that have circulated
    HarperCollins 26+ checkouts

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  • criteria we have in mind when we are considering adding an ebook to the library collection:
    • # of simultaneous users
    • is it a licenseĀ  or a purchase (with hosting fees)
  • the kinds of titles where an ebook might make sense:
    • reference books
    • heavily circulated titles (such as Malcolm X’s autobiography)
    • frequently stolen or lost titles
    • technical books
    • manuals and handbooks
    • test prep books
    • books on hot button topics
    • poetry and short story collections
    • literature anthologies
  • Sarah Glassmeyer’s blog post (“HCOD, eBook User Bill of Rights and Math“) about whether a boycott of Harper would have any noticeable affect
  • ebrary is working on a service that would let users download titles
  • Arthur’s blog post about e textbooks
  • Flatworld Knowledge
  • another CIS class will use the Kindles this spring
  • putting public domain works used in the Great Works class on a reader
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One Response to Tech Sharecase, 4 March 2011

  1. mwaldman says:

    Duke University Press just released a survey of ebook acquisitions that gives an interesting perspective on how libraries are selecting their ebooks.

    For example, 30% of the respondents do not purchase a print copy if they have an e-copy, but 25% do for highly-used titles and 19% do for certain disciplines, indicating in my mind that we are not yet entirely comfortable in relying entirely on an e-book copy.

    Pricing (65%) was the main reason not to buy an electronic copy; the next reasons were No demand/patrons prefer print (32%), Dissatisfaction with content platform (31%) and Unacceptable DRM (28%).

    Of the librarians who responded 70% did not offer e-book readers.

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