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 … Continue reading Ebook Readership Increases, Still Only 21%
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 … Continue reading Should Libraries Get Out of the eBook Business?
I had no idea that Amazon’s announcement would signal the end of the world, or at least the end of public libraries, or as my friend & colleague Andy puts it, the library apocalypse or I would have included this in yesterday’s post. First let’s talk numbers about the Amazon Lending Library* Prime costs $79 a year, that’s roughly $6.58 a month. You must have a Kindle (not … Continue reading Why Amazon’s Lending Library is Not a Threat to Public Libraries
Don’t get me wrong, as a consumer I was celebrating as much as the next guy (or gal) last week about library ebooks (from OverDrive) FINALLY being available on the ever popular Amazon Kindle. I love my Kindle, I’ve written about it. The few textbooks and pdfs I’ve put on it make me love it more. But…. But as a librarian and an ebook activist … Continue reading Public Library eBooks on the Amazon Kindle – We Got Screwed