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eBook Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on December 15, 2010

ALA Editions has released a new book No Shelf Required: E-Books in Libraries, edited by Sue Polanka which includes an introduction to e-book readers and the sharing of library e-book expertise plus some forward-thinking ideas with practical information that can be implemented in all kinds of libraries….
ALA Editions, Sept. 24

Read a commentary on the ideas here  Fitting e-books into today’s library



Sony is taking steps to open up its e-book Reader and online e-book store but this might not mean smooth sailing just yet as they still have to implement copyright controls. Read more here>>>>>

Ebook Lending

The battle for the right to lend e-books
Tom Peters writes: “The battle for the right to lend e-books has begun.” … ALA TechSource Blog

  • Lending Kindle Books. Kindle is to introduce better lending for Kindle so that you  can loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users for a loan period of 14-days. The lender cannot read the book during this loan period. BUT not all e-books will be lendable and the publisher gets to decided on the titles that can be loaned.    Read more here >>>

How not to get libraries to lend e-books by Andy Woodworth …… “In time of cutbacks, the idea of libraries turning into service stations for e-reader devices has to be a frightening one.”

the Lockout of library lending by  Benedict Page and Helen Pidd

  • Google is set to launch its e-book store Google eBooks, (formerly Google Editions), launched in the USA on 6 December. The site will allow users to download three million e-books to a range of devices Google’s eBook service is expected to launch in Europe in 2011.  Continue reading the main story

Test-driving Google eBooks Linda Holmes comments on this launch and the level of compatibility with computers, iPads and iPhones, Android devices, standalone e-readers including Sony and Nook devices, as well as others that run Adobe Digital Editions but not the Kindle Reader.  There is more on the promotional video (2:13)…. NPR: Monkey See, Dec. 6

And Finally the 5 Laws of Ebooks




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