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.
A lot of you have been asking about e-books, so I am re-posting this article from the August 2010 Newsletter:
So your patrons bought the Kindles and the Nooks and the iPhones and the iPod Touches, and now they want to know where they can get e-books that don’t cost $10 a pop. It’s a complicated landscape out there in terms of libraries providing popular e-books – a lot of infrastructure costs with OverDrive, copyright issues over multiple downloads for Amazon Kindle and the like, and oldish materials on our TexShare NetLibrary accounts that you can’t download anyway (I am only referring to the ebook subscription here, not the e-Audiobook subscription). How to guide your patrons to hours of free and compelling reading? Here are some suggestions:
• www.feedbooks.com, there are thousands of public domain books and original books from new authors that you can read on any mobile device.
• www.gutenberg.org – 33,000 public domain books that can be downloaded in multiple formats.
• www.tryharlequin.com/ – 16 try-for-free romance titles.
• suvudu.com/category/library – a small collection of sci-fi and fantasy titles from Random House.
• www.munseys.com/ – free pulp, classics, and more.
• www.panmacmillan.com/extracts/displayPage.asp?PageTitle=Extracts%20Home 414 extracts – tastes of books to let you know if you want to keep reading.
• ebookstore.sony.com – Sony and Google have paired up to provide this site that has a mix of free and purchaseable titles. I search for bargain-priced, then related subject, then by ranking in the left-hand area, then I sorted by price, and free comes up first.
A note on formats: eReaders support many formats. All support txt and pdf documents files as well as basic image files like gifs and jpgs. Other than these basic formats, compatibility varies. For Kindle, you can download free books in mobi format. For Nook, download books in epub format. With my iPhone (and iPod Touch and iPad), I can use the free app, Stanza that has access to all these sites listed above when you click on “get books”.
Looking for a breakdown of different e-readers? Check out http://ereaderguide.info/.
Republished from our newsletter — here’s a December to March archive of Holly’s Tech Tips:
Getting discounts for AVG Anti-Virus Software
OK, first off, if you are currently using AVG Free, you will need to upgrade your AVG to 9.0. Here is the page for that. It is a little hard to see where the free version is, but the download is at the bottom, on the left. There is also a how-to here. But you really shouldn’t be using AVG Free for anti-virus control in your library — it is only for home use. AVG does give discounts for libraries, and here is the information for getting discounts.
I do not know how cheap AVG is going to be with discounts, so you will want to also look at TechSoup to see the prices for Symantec, etc. For instance, a 10 user license for Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.2 is only $50 on TechSoup. If your library is not already set up to receive discounts on TechSoup.org, I can help you through the registration process.
My favorite site of the month – MakeUseOf.com
I’ve discovered a really fun resource for information on all things tech:
I suggest you subscribe to this site, so you can get downloads only subscribers can access, such as the Laptop Buying Guide for 2009. With a subscription you also get regular reminders of their articles, how-to’s, reviews, etc. They are big proponents of open source software (such as my favorite, OpenOffice) – but remember to check that these are OK for use in your library. Some products are only for home use (such as AVG Free.) Two goodies from MakeUseOf:
More websites for fun and learning
- Deepfreeze manual – in case you don’t have a copy
- Fun, short videos done by teachers and librarians, that you can download freely
I need more memory!!!
Many of you have realized that your PCs are SLOW. There can be many reasons for this but a common problem that is pretty easy to fix is that there is not enough memory on your PC. Upgrading the memory in your computer is the fastest way to better performance in Windows. I’d recommend at least 1GB of RAM, but don’t bother going over 3GB if you are using 32-bit XP or Vista because Windows won’t be able to use all of it. More about 32-bit vs 64-bit in a future Tech Tip.