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Libraries increasing Digital Content

27 Oct

As tablet devices become more prevelant in the world, libraries are moving into the 21st century by “lending” digital content starting with e-books.  Here’s a story about the San Jose Public Library moving to digital lending.

E-books aren’t exactly a new phenomenon, and downloading them at the San Jose Public Library has been growing in popularity. In fact, library director Jane Light reports that e-book downloads in the library are up 100 percent in the last year.

And she expects that number to jump dramatically now that library patrons can download library e-books onto their Kindles.

It wasn’t until mid-September that Amazon made Kindle e-books available to libraries, and Light expects that will create a big surge in demand. She believes things will really start hopping shortly after Christmas. “I think there will be a lot of e-readers under the tree this year,” Light says.

While she has been nudging more and more of her budget toward e-book purchases, it’s not as simple as moving numbers from one column to another. This is the era of shrinking budgets and rapidly changing technology. Investing in new technology is always a risk, since the latest best thing might not be the latest best thing a little ways down the road.

On top of that, she says, purchasing hard copy books is a lot less complicated than acquiring e-books.

After years of experience with books, librarians have developed a good sense of how many books to purchase and how long they can expect them to stay on the shelf.

With e-books, libraries no longer deal directly with publishers; instead, they deal with vendors. What’s more, they no longer acquire books, they acquire licenses Advertisementand, according to Light, that’s where they get into a gray area.

Different vendors have different licensing rules.

One of the big controversies in library circles these days, Light says, is that some vendors propose that a license should be renewed after 26 downloads. And some suggest that every time a contract is renewed, the terms can change.

 

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