Morning Roundup: National Trust, could be improved, Books for Passover and more

national trustPublic Access to Public Books: The Case of the National Trust (The Scholarly Kitchen)
But Newitt then points out that while the National Trust’s work in this regard has been invaluable and in many ways exemplary, it has left one important component of many of these properties far short of “open… to everyone”: the books that are housed in their libraries.
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Digital Library Lending Has a Long Way to Go (GoodeReader)
It feels like every new step in the right direction also leads to a host of new problems and closures for public libraries where digital lending is concerned.
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Books to Get You in the Passover Spirit (Book Riot)
It’s that time again, ladies and gents: that’s right, the Passover and Easter season. Easter bunnies everywhere, Manischewitz wine flying off the shelves- you know the drill.
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Welcome to the Open Source Renaissance (GigaOM)
Ever-popular among developers, open source technology has moved away from the fringes of tech right to the center of the enterprise, thanks to its high level of security and agility.
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Kindle Daily Deals: The Hanging Judge (and others)

2 Comments on Morning Roundup: National Trust, could be improved, Books for Passover and more

  1. That GoodeReader article about digital libraries is shallow BS.

    If library ebooks are such a troublesome issue then why isn’t anyone quoted with complaints about it? And if prices are so terrible then how did that book-less library in Texas get funded?

    And if digital libraries have a long way to go, then how did OverDrive add 8,000 new partners last year?
    http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2013/10/07/overdrive-added-record-8000-new-partner-libraries-past-year/

  2. Nate, eBooks are horrible for library systems.

    Publishers charge us sometimes as much as $120 a title on best sellers, on items that only have 26 checkouts then we have to renew the license. Everything that the library has from the big 5 is DRMed and sometimes in different formats depending on the title.

    Between Adobe and Overdrive eBooks are a trickle in libraries compared to what they could be.

    Overdrive is not a good thing.

    ” In terms of market share, OverDrive says that they serve over 90% of the 16,400 US public libraries, with a 99% renewal rate in that segment. Although right now, they serve somewhat less than 6,000 schools; ultimately, they hope to serve an equally impressive share of the 98,000 school libraries in the U.S. Internationally, the company reports it is doing business with 27,000 schools and libraries.”

    So those people who bemoan Amazon taking over everything? Overdrive effectively already controls your local library on what they can get and cannot get in the digital world.

    BOB

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