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Libraries at the Literary Divide ~ Print & Digital

This post will make it 34 articles I’ve written here about Libraries

As far as I know, my novel (to the left in the side-bar…) is only in three libraries, so far; but then, I self-published.

More on that in a bit

First, let’s look at some ideas from an article in The Washington PostReaders win when libraries add e-books, but preserve print, as well (this article focuses on the USA & I’m hoping a few readers in other countries can even things out in the comments…):

“As demand for e-books soars, libraries are expanding their digital footprints. Spending on e-books nationwide has expanded from 1.7 percent of public library budgets in 2010 to 7.6 percent last year, while money devoted to print collections has decreased.”

“Print still matters, and many libraries are experiencing as much demand as ever for old-fashioned offerings.”

“The good news is that finding a middle ground seems possible — when libraries have the money.”

“With the necessary resources, libraries can take the right steps forward into the digital age without jettisoning too much of the printed past.”

While there are certain initiatives to influence traditional publishers to lower the exorbitant prices they ask for e-books, self-published authors now have an easier path to getting their books into libraries.

C. S. Lakin’s blog has a guest post by journalist and publishing consultant Porter AndersonIntroducing Authors’ New, Free Entry into Libraries: SELF-e.

Here are a few, brief excerpts:

SELF-e is an all-new discovery platform that authors can use to get their ebooks into the American library system.”

“Here’s how it works:

  • You use a PDF or EPUB version of your ebook to upload your ebook here. It takes 10 to 15 minutes.

  • As you go through the process, you’ll be asked for your state of residence.

  • Non-US residents writing in English are welcome to submit, too: they just hit “Outside the US” at the bottom of the drop-down of state names.

  • Once your manuscript is submitted, the Library Journal editorial evaluators do their work.

  • If you’ve indicated that you’d like to be included in your state anthology of curated ebooks, your work is automatically placed there and made available to librarians in your state system.

  • If you’ve also indicated that you’d like to be considered for the special SELF-e Select curated collection to be offered to the national system, Library Journal’s evaluators will take that into consideration.”

There’s a lot more to that article and I heartily encourage those who’ve self-published (and, those who plan to do it) to read the whole thing

So, do e-books in libraries bother you?

Should publishers make it easier for libraries to share e-books?

Will print books disappear?

Or, will humanity find room for both print and digital?

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4 responses to “Libraries at the Literary Divide ~ Print & Digital

  1. Salvatore Pope Ritondo August 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    So, do e-books in libraries bother you?

    Not at all. But libraries without ebooks do especially in our prison system where the skills required to read them could lead to life long learning. They also could solve very outdated collections and overall budgetary problems in the same system.

    Should publishers make it easier for libraries to share e-books?

    If they had a conscience you wouldn’t have to ask. Sadly, you do have to ask. YES. Is my answer.

    Will print books disappear?

    Never. Print books are humanities dear friends when we are lonely and afraid they cuddle our mind and guard us from losing hope.

    Or, will humanity find room for both print and digital?

    Yes. People can cater why they choose both and when and the library as always will embrace their choices with no judgement.

    Aside: I tried to mark this post with 5 stars but my sensitive digital computer highlighted the choice of three. I apologize.


    • Alexander M Zoltai August 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      No problem with the Star-Vote, Sal—Jane used to have problems with that, too :-)

      And, Thank You, for actually answering all my questions…


  2. D.G.Kaye August 26, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Great post. Thanks for sharing this place to add books. I think it’s great to share ebooks in libraries. But I just can’t conceive the fact that paper books will become extinct. I couldn’t do without them. :)


    • Alexander M Zoltai August 26, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      I share exactly the same sentiments :-)

      Liked by 1 person

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