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 December 2011. That number, the number of people NOT reading books at all in any format, it's going up too. Where did I get this fun and exciting data? Yesterday Pew released it's report on The Rise of e-Reading. The report is full of data related to ereaders, ebooks, and the general reading and book borrowing habits Read more [...]

The Definition of Digital Literacy

The OITP Digital Literacy Task Force released it's official definition of digital literacy this week on the District Dispatch blog. The short definition is accompanied by a six page primer (not yet available) that provides more in-depth information. Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information requiring both cognitive and technical skills. I am part of this task force and one of the reasons I was thrilled to be asked to serve is because I knew that digital literacy was a growing area of discussion Read more [...]

What a Librarian Looks Like Passes 450 Submissions & 25 Countries – You Guys Rock!

It has been just over a month since Erin and I launched This is What a Librarian Looks Like. This is a fun, light-hearted project is a complement to the Library Day in the Life Project with the simple purpose of highlighting librarians with "photos of real librarians in their real lives doing real stuff". It has been so much fun to see the submissions from all around the globe! This project is still open and will stay open, so if you haven't already submit your photo today! But I wanted to celebrate some milestones! The site has 3,502 followers! Thank you to each and everyone. Earlier Read more [...]

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 for the new James Patterson, to not pay fines when their books are late, for the library to be open earlier or later, or to have a system besides Dewey because despite using it their entire lives they still cannot figure it out. When it comes to ebooks, we cannot give them what they want, not really, we cannot give them books from Simon Read more [...]

Random House eBook Price Hike Round Up

Normally I would be all fired up and writing a post of my own on this, but right now I just feel defeated. So here's the break down. What Random House said Titles available in print as new hardcovers: $65- $85 Titles available for several months, or generally timed to paperback release: $25-$50 New children’s titles available in print as hardcovers: $35-$85 Older children’s titles and children’s paperbacks: $25-$45 What it looked like in reality (new prices went into effect on Thursday) Eisenhower in War and Peace $40 Wednesday, $120 on Thursday (print version a little Read more [...]

You’re Invited! – This Is What a Librarian Looks Like

I'm so excited to announce this new project! As the ultimate compliment to Library Day in the Life we bring you This is What a Librarian Looks Like! What: a site to go beyond the bun and challenge old, outdated librarian stereotypes with photos of real librarians in their real lives doing real stuff :-) Who: YOU! The site is up and running and ready for submissions. So find a picture that you think best represents you to the world and submit it! Please don't submit photos of others and be tasteful! This is a fun, light-hearted project, please approach it in that spirit! Where: This Read more [...]

Mea Culpa on Penguin and Libraries and An Alternative to OverDrive

I feel I need to make a clarification on yesterday's post title How to Talk to Your Patrons About Penguin & Other Publishers Not Loaning eBooks to Libraries - Penguin did NOT stop doing business with libraries. They stopped doing business with OverDrive. As Publisher's Lunch Points out: As we have reported multiple times, but does not seem to have seeped out into general reports or public consciousness, multiple publishers have told us that Overdrive's implementation of their Kindle library lending--in which library patrons are sent to a commercial, third-party retailer, in this case Amazon--is Read more [...]

How to Talk to Your Patrons About Penguin & Other Publishers Not Loaning eBooks to Libraries

[edited 2/11/2012] I feel I need to clarify that Penguin did not stop doing business with libraries, they stopped doing business with OverDrive, read more here. And how to get them to talk to the Publishers. I've had this post in my drafts for a long time. I originally planned to include it in my November post Penguin Pulls eBooks From Public Libraries Dropping it Down to 1 of the Big 6 Publishers Playing Nice With Libraries, but cut it at the last minute.  Thanks to Sarah's post about Penguin's decision to end it's contract with OverDrive. I'm digging it out and polishing it off. In Read more [...]

Reflecting on Library Day in the Life Round 8 #libday8

Wow! Hard to believe when this all started I could read all the posts by all the bloggers. Now I couldn't if I wanted to, never mind the tweets. Some numbers from Round 8 of the Library Day in the Life Project, Twitter has made it increasingly hard to get data from Tweets by closing access for services such as WhattheHashTag and TwapperKeeper, so I don't have the numbers from Twitter like I have in the past.  My best estimate is that there were over 1,000 people tweeting with the #libday8 hashtag. From the wiki: 350 people have registers 20 Countries including: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Read more [...]