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Simon & Schuster takes US library ebook lending program nationwide
June 27, 2014 | 12:27 pm

simon.jpgThe American Library Association has released a communication supporting Simon & Schuster's decision to roll out its pilot library ebook lending program, previously covered in TeleRead, nationwide. ALA President Barbara Stripling said: Today represents an important milestone for improving the ability of libraries to serve the public in the digital age. America’s libraries are the quintessential institution in connecting authors and readers. We have always known that library lending encourages patrons to experiment by sampling new authors, topics and genres. This experimentation stimulates the market for books—with the library serving as a critical de facto discovery, promotion and awareness service for authors...

ALA comes out in favor of HathiTrust appeals ruling
June 18, 2014 | 12:25 pm

hathi.jpgThe American Library Association (ALA) has gone on record to declare its support for the recent appeals court victory by HathiTrust versus the Authors Guild for specific fair use by libraries. As already noted in Teleread, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an original ruling in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, deciding that it is is fair use to provide a full text search database and access to works for those with print-reading disabilities . This shouldn't come as a surprise, since the whole case revolved around fair use by libraries in the first place, but it's good to see...

New ALA Digital Discoveries supplement captures state of U.S. e-libraries
May 30, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Digital DiscoveriesThe American Library Association (ALA) has just introduced a new supplement to its American Libraries magazine, entitled "Digital Discoveries." This is designed, according to Alan S. Inouye, guest editor of the digital supplement and director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), to help librarians cope with the "many formidable challenges and exciting opportunities for libraries within the digital content realm in the coming years." According to ALA's materials, the supplement, offered on the Zinio platform, has been developed by ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG), and " examines the ways that public and school libraries...

Obama speech and PTA-Amazon alliance validate LibraryCity’s K-12 priorities
June 19, 2013 | 3:30 pm

PTA-AmazonK-12 led my list of priorities in the 1990s for a well-stocked national digital library system blended in with local schools and libraries. Along the way, I suggested that Washington nudge Silicon Valley to come up with affordable iPad-style devices with high-resolution color screens and multimedia capabilities. Originally called TeleRead, this vision has evolved since my 1992 Computerworld article, but a major constant has remained, among others—the need to make it affordable, easy, and enticing for K-12 students and their parents to read books. That must have been on Al Gore’s mind, too, when he called for the digitization of the Library of Congress. Now let’s...

The Top Ten Challenged Books of 2012
April 17, 2013 | 4:40 pm

booksThanks to Jason Boog at GalleyCat for alerting me to this article from the American Library Association which, among other things, lists the top ten 'challenged' (aka 'banned') books of 2012. Here they are: • Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey • “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie • “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher • “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James • “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell • “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini • “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green • Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz • “The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls • “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison By far the most popular listed reason for the...

Scorecard allows libraries to evaluate e-book offerings from publishers
February 1, 2013 | 12:20 pm

American Library Association logoI didn't even realize the Christian Science Monitor had its own literary/books blog. I stumbled upon it yesterday (it's called Chapter & Verse), 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. 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...

Survey: Library Borrowers Buy Books Too!
November 15, 2012 | 12:39 pm

Multiple sources are reporting today on this newly released survey (PDF) on the buying habits of library e-book borrowers. The survey questioned over 75,000 e-book borrowers, and found that more than half of them buy books, too. It also found that dedicated reading devices still account for a significant chunk of the market. (The survey was sponsored by OverDrive, with the ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy.) I am delighted to see these survey results confirm what I have known to be true from my own habits. Book reading is not a zero-sum game with a final 'winner' (and corresponding losers) in terms...

A Big Six publisher officially grants ownership of its e-books to libraries
October 18, 2012 | 9:18 pm

Hear that? That's the collective sound of a thousand publishing industry jaws hitting the floor. In a Library Journal item posted today, reporter Michael Kelley writes that Random House—one of the so-called Big Six publishers, don't forget—has made a rather stunning proclamation in regards to their sales of e-books to libraries. The following quotes are the words of Skip Dye, Random House’s vice president of library and academic marketing and sales, who participated in two recent interviews with Kelly: "When libraries buy their RH, Inc. ebooks from authorized library wholesalers," says  Skip Dye, Random House’s vice president of library and academic marketing and sales, "it is...

Banned Books Week celebrates 30 years of defiant reading
September 26, 2012 | 10:47 pm

If you've never read a book specifically in celebration of Banned Books Week, you might want to consider rectifying that situation this Sunday, September 30, when the 30th anniversary of the proud literary tradition officially kicks off. I can still remember (more or less) when I first learned about Banned Books Week: I was probably 11 or 12—Isaac Asimov and the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature were my big obsessions at the time. A Banned Books Week poster was hanging on the wall outside my elementary school's library, and next to it was a glass case with shelves inside, and stacked on the...

ALA’s gripes to publishers dance around the e-library world’s Problem #1—not enough money for e-books
September 25, 2012 | 6:48 am

imageI’m still borrowing e-books from public libraries. I loved the digital edition of the late Louis Auchincloss’s memoirs that popped up when I was browsing the electronic stacks of a library system near me here in Northern Virginia. Public libraries at their best can be Serendipity Central. But I rely much less these days on library books than before. Too often, some major e-books are AWOL from library collections or, as documented earlier this year by the Washington Post, have long waiting lists. So I turn to Amazon, the public domain or Creative Commons titles instead. Have I lost my enthusiasm for a well-stocked national digital library system, or, to...

ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group Releases DRM “Tip Sheet”
July 11, 2012 | 8:32 am

Infodocket ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working has just released a ‘tip sheet’ that ALA says, ‘provides background on digital rights management—systems producers, publishers and vendors use to control what users can do with electronic files, such as e-books, DVD films, and other media.’ Direct to New Tip Sheet (PDF) The tip sheet was written for both librarians, library users, and other interested parties. Learn More from ALA’s e-Content Blog and ALA’s District Dispatch. (Via LJ INFOdocket.)...

ALA OITP releases backgrounder document on eBooks and libraries, by Sue Polanka
July 9, 2012 | 9:49 am

Sue reprinted from the District Dispatch: As part of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy’s work with the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, several member leaders have requested we develop and distribute communications resources that will support local libraries around digital content issues. Today OITP released the first of these documents, a backgrounder (pdf) that shares some highlights from the newest Pew Research Center report on ‘Libraries, Patrons, and E-books,’ along with some possible messaging and local angles for leveraging this new research with local media and decision makers. Among the report’s key findings referenced in the backgrounder: 12% of e-book readers have borrowed...