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Hoopla library media lending service to add e-books
May 27, 2014 | 5:40 pm

hooplaThe problem with most library e-book systems is that there are invariably more patrons who want to check a book out than there are virtual “copies” on the library’s digital shelves. This can lead to patrons sitting on a waiting list until such time as enough people who’ve checked the book out can turn it in for it to get around to them. But what if there was a different way? Publishers Weekly reports on media company Midwest Tape’s “Hoopla” media lending platform, which launched last year to allow lending of movies, music, audiobooks, and TV shows. The...

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...

BEA Panel Suggests Publishers Still Clueless about Library E-Books and Piracy
June 4, 2013 | 11:52 pm

Unlike some of our writers, I wasn’t fortunate enough to be able to attend BookExpo America, so I end up having to learn about it second-hand. But I happened across a blog post that led me to another that led me to some interesting articles, which in turn led me to wonder, are the Big Six (soon to be Big Five?) publishers completely out of touch with the consumer side of their industry? Taking it in chronological order (the reverse of how I found it), it started with a Q&A by Macmillan CEO John Sargent, and a panel on library e-books...

New OverDrive Site Not Meeting User Expectations?
January 30, 2013 | 2:49 pm

Late last year, OverDrive began rolling out a new look to their site. My own library in Fairfax County had a "New Look Coming" banner up for several weeks. When I tried it out for the first time, my reaction was, "Not great, but I can live with it." I wasn't crazy about the new thumbnail view of the catalog. Maybe it's just me, but I find it easiest to process information in lists, not in blocks of images. I also missed the feature that told me exactly where I was in the hold line. The old site would tell me,...