Category eBooks

The Time Has Come to Expand the Scope of Conflict for eBooks

The time has come to expand the scope of conflict for ebook issues. What does that mean? It means that we, people who care about ebook issues, need to organize about ebook issues on a larger scale than just the issues surrounding libraries. The effort that has gone into ebook issues over the last few […]

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (and the Interesting) of Libraries and eBooks – Pew’s Latest Report

This morning at 12:01 am Pew released their new report on the role of libraries in the digital age – title Libraries, patrons and ebooks. You can read the full report here and I encourage you to do so, there is a great deal of good data there. I’ve pulled out some data that I […]

Penguin’s Pitiful Re-Engagement With Libraries

Shame on Penguin for this pitiful attempt at re-establishing a relationship. Reminds me of a bad boyfriend I had once – he’d be a jerk, disappear then show up again in a day or two saying he wanted to make it work, that he cared about me but he wanted to take it slow and […]

Why Library and eBooks Issues Matter

It is no secret that a lot of my time the couple of last years has been spent reading, writing, talking, and thinking about eBooks. To the point where I’m a little sick of the whole mess. Really. Sometimes I want to never think or talk about eBooks and libraries again. I’m sure some of […]

Working with eBooks? Please Take this Pew Survey

Actually there are two surveys – one for those working in libraries and one for patrons. If you work in a library and work with ebooks please take a few minutes to take the first survey. Please share the second survey with your patrons. The surveys will be live April 16 through May 18. The […]

Ebook Readership Increases, Still Only 21%

Before you get too excited about the 21% who have read an ebook in the last year compared it with the 22% who reported not reading a book at all. That compares with 22% who told us they had not read a book in the previous 12 months or didn’t answer a book-reading question in […]

Should Libraries Get Out of the eBook Business?

Or get out at least until there is a better system? I know what you are going to say, I can hear it already – “We can’t! Our patrons demand ebooks!” Except the truth is our patrons want a lot of things we can’t give them – to always be first on the waiting list […]


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