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Scorecard allows libraries to evaluate e-book offerings from publishers

Posted By Dan Eldridge On February 1, 2013 @ 12:20 pm In ebook,library | No Comments

American Library Association logo [1]I didn’t even realize the Christian Science Monitor had its own literary/books blog. I stumbled upon it yesterday (it’s called Chapter & Verse [2]), and like the rest of the paper, it’s wonderful.

A post that went live two days ago caught my attention; it’s about a so-called “Business Model Scorecard” that was recently released by the American Library Association, and it “asks library staff members to rate e-book offerings from publishers on factors like availability,” according to the article [3].

From the post:

“The scorecards grade criteria from one to five and include 15 questions. Questions range from the price publishers are charging libraries for e-books to the length of time for which patrons can check them out … The introduction [to the scorecard] also discusses sticking points between libraries and publishers, including what the ALA says are publishers’ fears that readers will check out e-books from libraries instead of buying them.”

Publishers Weekly wrote about the scorecard [4] earlier this week; that article included a link to a downloadable PDF version of the eight-page scorecard itself. [Click here to access the PDF [5].] The scorecard was compiled by the ALA’s Digital Content & Libraries Working Group [6] (DCWG).

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[2] Chapter & Verse: http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse

[3] the article: http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2013/0130/New-scorecard-lets-libraries-give-feedback-on-e-book-offerings-from-publishers?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+feeds%2Fbooks+%28Christian+Science+Monitor+%7C+Books%29

[4] wrote about the scorecard: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/trade-shows-events/article/55701-ala-midwinter-2013-ala-creates-e-book-scorecard.html

[5] Click here to access the PDF: http://www.districtdispatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Ebook_Scorecard.pdf

[6] ALA’s Digital Content & Libraries Working Group: http://connect.ala.org/node/159669

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