E-books

Policy discussions continue at ALA Annual Conference in Vegas

More than 19,000 librarians, vendors and library supporters attended this year’s 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, which took place in Las Vegas from June 26-July 1, 2014. Large numbers of attendees participated in ten policy sessions hosted by the ALA Washington Office that explored net neutrality, copyright trends, ebook access, e-government services and surveillance. On Saturday, conference attendees ... Read More »

Time change: Saturday ebooks conference session to start at 1:30p.m.

News from the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas: The ebooks conference session “ALA and Moving Ahead with Digital Content” will now take place on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 1:30 to 2:40 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N255/257. Previously, the session was set to take place at 1:00 p.m. Program attendees will learn ... Read More »

Simon & Schuster expands ebook lending program

This morning, Simon & Schuster revealed that it will expand its pilot library ebook lending program to serve all U.S. libraries. Alan Inouye, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy, wrote about the news on the American Libraries magazine E-content blog: There is good news (pdf) on the ebook front, as Simon & Schuster converts its ... Read More »

“Miracle in Marrakesh” — Now what?

We are closing in on the one year anniversary of the “Miracle in Marrakesh,” which took place on June 30, 2013. This was the day when we all were astonished that, at the diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreed on an international copyright exception for people with print disabilities. Why such a surprise? It is ... Read More »

New American Libraries supplement examines major trends in digital content

Leading library visionaries and experts discuss trends in digital content technology and the current state of library ebook lending in “Digital Discoveries,” a new digital supplement from American Libraries magazine. Developed by ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG), the digital supplement examines the ways that public and school libraries are defining their roles in the evolving digital publishing environment in ... Read More »