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E-Books, Libraries, and An Experiment In Blogging

I’ve always been a rather Benevolent Maverick.

Recently, I broke a blogging “rule” and had a post that ran over 4,000 words—Author Interview ~ Shannan Sinclair.

Today, I’m going to give three brief references to articles about e-books and see how many folks take the links, read the articles, and make a comment

I need to start by referencing a WebSite that will help set-up the first e-book article—O’Reilly ~ Tools of Change for Publishing—a conference held in New York City, February 13-15.

The first e-book article, from NPR, is, At Last, They See: E-Books ‘Democratize’ Publishing, which begins with:

“Not known as a hotbed of experimentation, the world of publishing has been slow to embrace the transition from print to e-books. This past week in New York, however, the Tools of Change digital publishing conference attracted entrepreneurs and innovators who are more excited by, rather than afraid of, the future.”

The next article is from PCWorldEbook Publishers Want Library Borrowing to Be Difficult—and begins with:

“In an effort to make library ebook borrowing less convenient, Penguin Group has discontinued over-the-air library book downloads for Kindle users.”

The third article is from an “Annoyed Librarian” on the Library Journal and is called, Ebooks and Libraries Don’t Mix. Here’s the opening:

“Libraries certainly are living in interesting times, and last week was no exception. We were also provided with more evidence supporting one of my hypotheses, which is that if you want to get something done, don’t involve the ALA [American Library Association].”

I’m sure I’ll be back to my normal routine tomorrow—featuring one article and commenting myself; but, that’s my post for today

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17 responses to “E-Books, Libraries, and An Experiment In Blogging

  1. Catana February 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I think you need to take into account that people may already have read the articles or aren’t interested in those particular subjects. If they don’t comment, which they probably won’t, you still won’t know anything about how effective the post is. I’m just assuming that’s what you want to know. I’ve read some (or parts quoted by other people), or know enough about the topics not to be further interested.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai February 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    “…take into account that people may already have read the articles”—then, they will ignore the post—that’s just fine

    “…aren’t interested in those particular subjects.”—again, just fine with me.

    “…you still won’t know anything about how effective the post is…”—all I do is check my stats to see if the article links have been clicked


  3. Simone Benedict February 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I’ll check out the links this evening, but I do have a few thoughts. Recently, I’d left a comment here at your blog about how my local librarians responded when I asked about ebooks. A few days later I was pleasantly surprised. A somewhat local (to me) library is holding reading groups in which participants are given the digitized version of a text to read.

    A lively discussion could be had here, I believe, if some of your librarian readers would weigh in.


  4. John Pope February 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I read with interest the first article At Last, They See: E-Books ‘Democratize’ Publishing, I love the idea of readers determining what books should rise to the top. I think that readers, librarians, authors must make a conscience effort to avoid ebooks becoming big business. I think we all came to see the world of print publishing become a hollywood leaving many authors cold and lonely. I am hoping instead for E-Publishing to be a place where hardwork and enjoyment can drive all to the top not just some.


  5. Alexander M Zoltai February 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm


    When I first read your statement, “I think that readers, librarians, authors must make a conscience effort to avoid ebooks becoming big business.”, I thought you might be against e-books but, putting it together with the rest of your comment, I think you mean you don’t want it to be the kind of thing that just produces another “Hollywood”, right?


  6. Jane Watson February 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Wow, I have just been on quite a journey. I visited Annoyed Librarian – I loved her ironic, hard hitting post on the Library Journal so much I followed her link to the Librarian in Black, she also inspired me so much I went on to the San Rafael Public Library where LIB works…surely this is one of the triumphs of the net and blogging – it takes you on such an interesting journey and informs you about things you had no idea were happening, on the way;-) I did wonder though, thinking about this issue, if one of the other reasons the publishers have put the brakes on e-book lending is that they have also just realised (not being very quick off the mark in this area;-) that they may have to compensate their *authors* for this kind of library trade as well and they don’t want to open up their wallets for this either;-)


    • Alexander M Zoltai February 23, 2012 at 12:01 am

      So glad you enjoyed your e-trip, Jane :-)

      When you speak of publishers “compensating” authors for e-book lending, do you mean some sort of micro-payment for each patron who borrows the book?

      I’ve never heard of such terms and wonder, since you live in Australia, if such compensation exists there?


  7. Jane Watson February 23, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Compensation for physical books that are borrowed from libraries, does exist in Australia atm, paid by the government. It is called Public Lending Right (PLR):
    “Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending Right (ELR) are Australian Government cultural programs that make payments to eligible Australian creators and publishers in recognition that income is lost through the free multiple use of their books in public and educational lending libraries. PLR and ELR also support the enrichment of Australian culture by encouraging the growth and development of Australian writing…”
    I am sure e-books will fall under the same category here.
    Recently I noticed, to my astonishment, that USA did not seem to have the same scheme…:( So I assume authors there must negotiate with their publisher another royalty for such use….)


    • Alexander M Zoltai February 23, 2012 at 12:48 am


      Thank you, so much, for the information about Australian PLR & ELR.

      I’m sure the changes in publishing/library-lending are far from over.

      Perhaps, something similar can be worked out for authors in the U.S.A.

      It would be nice if we could hear some comments from a few folks in other countries :-)


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