Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns | Information Wants To Be Free

Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns | Information Wants To Be Free:

This is a fantastically and insightful post on the challenges of ebooks for libraries penned by librarian, teacher and writer, Meredith Farkas, from her blog – Information Wants To Be Free.

“Getting an eBook from a library is often a circuitous and confusing process; so confusing that libraries have to create tutorials on how to do it. This doesn’t even take into account the myriad interoperability issues when patrons want to actually read a library ebook on their mobile/ereader device. And the fact that libraries often can’t get eBook packages/options that provide the content our patrons want (especially in academic libraries). The worst part is that I can’t see this getting better in the future when it makes no financial sense for Amazon, B&N, Sony, etc. to make it easy for libraries to get and provide this content to their patrons. If the e-reader providers largely control the market for eBooks, libraries will be aced out.”

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