E-books

Consider volunteering for ReadersFirst

ReadersFIrst is an international coalition of 300 libraries seeking to provide e-book readers with the same open, easy and free access to content that readers have with physical books.

While at ALA Midwinter, I spoke with Michael Blackwell, director of the St Mary’s County Library, about ReadersFirst, an informal organization of librarian volunteers interested in providing outstanding user focused e-book service. ReadersFirst has been around since 2012, but for those who might be unaware of their efforts, here’s the scoop: ReadersFirst is an international coalition of some 300 libraries ... Read More »

Pew Research Center to share new data on libraries as community hubs

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Over the last three years, the Pew Research Center has deftly documented how Americans perceive, use and aspire for U.S. public libraries. From e-book readership to library user typologies, to better understanding how Hispanics use public libraries, Pew researchers have added to our knowledge of our communities—users and non-users alike. During the session “Pew Library Research Update Program” Senior Researcher ... Read More »

My first Book Expo America

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I went for work, of course.Our assignment was to meet with middle to small sized trade publishers to talk about ebooks and business models, make contacts, share expectations, and identify obstacles. We came away with a lot of good information and ideas, which are discussed in Carol Anthony’s e-content blog post. But in this personal note, it was weird talking ... Read More »

Libraries on the offense in the digital revolution

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Today, American Libraries magazine launched, Digital Futures a new digital supplement that features articles both on how libraries are innovating and leading, as well as paths ahead for taking the initiative. Digital Futures is the fifth American Libraries magazine supplement on ebooks and digital content. “I’m so pleased to see story after story about librarians being proactive related to the ... Read More »