Category Archives: ebooks

E-Books and Access: Upholding Library Values (ALA TechSource Workshop)

Due to the demand from Texas libraries for training on eBooks and the various issues in their acquisition, Texas State Library offered 50 libraries around the state an opportunity to host this 2-part series of webinars.  View the Host Sites

Event Details:

E-Books and Access: Upholding Library Values (ALA TechSource Workshop) Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 1:00-2:30pm central: Session 1 Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 1:00-2:30pm central: Session 2

Description: As more e-reader owning patrons look to borrow e-books from your library, you face a mind-numbing array of business models, licensing terms, restrictions, and enforcement practices.  Co-writer of the “eBook User’s Bill of Rights,”

Sara Houghton LibrarianinBlack keeps a close eye on the fine print. In this two-part workshop (conducted via Webex), she will help you navigate through e-book acquisition and collection development with library values as your compass.

Topics Include:

-Review of the various for-profit, non-profit, and free sources for e-books -Critical licensing terms to consider when acquiring e-books -The evolving notion of the e-book -How library e-book services can be guided by library values

Dramatic Growth in ebooks at libraries, says Library Journal survey

No real surprise, but the article has some interesting graphics, including what devices patrons are reading ebooks on and changes in patron statistics due to ebooks. The graphics also show the different ways that ebooks have impacted public libraries versus academic libraries. Part of this is that academics have been buying ebooks for a while. But the bottom line is that public libraries are adapting to patrons’ needs, which is a great thing, especially in these lean budget years.

Open Library – a free choice for e-content?

Their blurb: “Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. Just like Wikipedia, you can contribute new information or corrections to the catalog. You can browse by subject, author or lists members have created. If you love books, why not help build a library?”

Check out Sarah Houghton-Jan’s review of Open Library.  I looked into Open Library last week and I’m not sure if it can handle the demand for free e-books and free e-audio, but it’s an interesting concept and is another option to offer your patrons hungry for more e-content if you become a member (it’s free to join).

Kindle to Allow Library Lending

Don’t forget that CTLS has a Kindle available for check out through our Professional Collection. With this news, you might see more patrons wanting to try this out.


Kindle to Allow Library Lending!
via Library Developments by Kyla Hunt on 4/20/11

A huge announcement was made by Amazon today: “today it announced that you would soon be able to borrow eBooks from your local library and read them on your Kindle. The service is going to launch later this year in partnership with Overdrive.” (

As many libraries know, the Amazon Kindle, while one of the most popular eReaders on the market, historically has not allowed library ebook lending on the device. This change will make the lending of books through Overdrive much more convenient for library patrons wanting to read ebooks on the device of their choice.

Here is the press release from