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E-Books pit libraries against publishers, free against sales
August 7, 2013 | 8:28 pm

A few pieces on the sometimes adversarial relationship between libraries and publishers when it comes to e-books have come to my attention. First, there’s this piece covering Cory Doctorow’s appearance at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago, complete with a four-minute YouTube video. Doctorow notes that the most powerful interests in the book industry today do not have writers’ best interests at heart. Amazon wants to sell more books, but only because that makes them money. “Not because they’re evil, but because they’re a for-profit corporation and that’s their thing.” Publishers, on the other hand, want to sell...

Impelsys Introduces E-Book Ordering System for Libraries
February 17, 2013 | 11:00 am

Impelsys logo  Impelsys, a provider of electronic content delivery solutions, recently announced the commercial launch of a new acquisitions system for libraries that enables library staff to order e-books for their collections directly from participating publishers. Impelsys' new library eBook Ordering System, as it's called, was developed in partnership with Douglas County Libraries (DCL), a seven-branch public library system in Douglas County, Colo. The e-book acquisition dashboard was beta tested by DCL's professional staff and system modifications were made prior to commercial launch last week. "The Library E-Book Ordering System is an important addition to the 21st century librarian's toolchest," said James LaRue, director of Douglas...

Need Library E-Books to Feed Your New Gadget? Here’s the Answer
January 1, 2013 | 9:15 am

If you can’t find the right library e-books for your new Kindle, Nook, iPad or other gizmo, you’re not alone. More than 100 patrons of the District of Columbia Public Library were lined up electronically today for 10 e-book copies of The Racketeer, John Grisham’s new novel about the murder of a federal judge. Some 400+ D.C. library users awaited 60 electronic copies of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, the best-selling fiction title on the New York Times list. And a digital version of The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling, was not even in the catalog of the D.C. public library system. Could a well-stocked national digital library system—in...

New easy-to-use iOS app works with library-owned e-books and eliminates need for browser-based downloads
October 9, 2012 | 9:48 am

The innovative Douglas County Libraries system in Colorado has done it again—with the release of a new iOS app for iPads, iPhones and presumably Touches and the forthcoming iPad Mini. Significantly, the app makes it a snap to check out library books, without forcing you to download through a Web browser. Talk about the path to Kindle-simple! DCL’s Android equivalent of the iOS app was promising, but not a smooth enough patron experience when I tried it earlier this year. But DCL will be improving the Android version. And the iOS app, judging by a quick test drive on my iPad after a download of the DCL...

Bibliotheca to Begin Commercializing Douglas County Libraries eBook Model, Launching eBook Division
June 21, 2012 | 8:54 am

Infodocket Biblotheca is a leading supplier of RFID services. Today, the company announced the launch a new ebook division that will be led by Monique Sendze, who was formerly the Associate Director of Information Technology at the Douglas County, CO Libraries. The new service is scheduled to launch at the beginning of 2013. From a Bibliotheca Announcement: The company will build upon the concepts originally designed and developed by the Douglas County Libraries, CO (DCL) to enable libraries, first in North America and then around the globe, to meet the many challenges that the emerging world of eBooks presents. Monique Sendze, Associate Director of Information...

Bibliotheca to support open source ebook model, by Sue Polanka
June 19, 2012 | 10:12 am

Nsr2 Douglas County Libraries makes the news again.  This time, as the motivation for Bibliotheca to adopt an open source platform for econtent delivery (  Here is more from the press release: Rotkreuz, Switzerland – Tuesday 19th June Bibliotheca, the leading global developer and supplier of technologies designed to enhance library efficiency and the user experience, is partnering with the library community to facilitate adoption of open source platforms for the delivery of electronic content. The company will build upon the concepts originally designed and developed by the Douglas County Libraries, CO (DCL) to enable libraries, first in North America and then around...

Douglas County Libraries in Colorado builds its own e-book lending system
May 11, 2012 | 12:04 am

DCLtogo150BoingBoing has a brief but interesting piece from a representative of Douglas County Libraries in Colorado (which we mentioned in March), which has created its own e-book lending system by dealing directly with publishers, rather than relying on a third party such as Overdrive to mediate between them. DCL has cut deals with over 800 publishers to have their works lent through DCL’s system. The library doesn’t rely only on its own system, however; it also offers books from the Overdrive and 3M platforms, as well as Freegal music. The books are available through the physical branch locations, or...

Attn. DPLA! Pay attention to Colorado and California e-library bypasses of OverDrive & consider your own distribution
March 14, 2012 | 9:21 am

image  No secret. LibraryCity wants libraries to take over OverDrive and slash middleman costs. And here’s a great twist—partial inspiration for this already exists. Douglas County Libraries in Colorado is dealing directly with some publishers. The system applies its own Adobe DRM even though OverDrive books are also still available for now (this isn’t a complete bypass). And hundreds of libraries in California will be experimenting with going direct, according to TheDigitalShift. Kudos to the Califa Group, the nonprofit library cooperative that made this possible. Laudably these topics will come up during the Public Library Association’s gathering convention that began in Philadelphia today. On...

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