Join me (along with Henry Bankhead, Mark Coker, Eli Neiburger, and Mary Minow) on Monday April 11th at noon (Pacific) / 3pm (Eastern) for a raucous discussion on eBooks and library lending. If you have questions in advance, send them in to me! The day of the webinar, sponsored and hosted by Infopeople, go to http://infopeople.org/training/webinar/ebooks
Monday, April 11, 2011
Start Time: Pacific – Noon, Mountain – 1:00 PM, Central – 2:00 PM, Eastern – 3:00 PM
Speakers: Henry Bankhead, Sarah Houghton-Jan, Mark Coker, Eli Neiburger, and Mary Minow
- Is there true ownership of eBooks for libraries?
- Can libraries exist without ownership of eBooks?
- What is the best access model for eBooks?
- Is there a right of first sale that applies to eBooks?
The recent decision by HarperCollins to switch to a licensing model for eBooks has the public library world in an uproar and has spawned numerous boycotts of HarperCollins by public libraries. Instead of allowing libraries to “purchase” one digital copy and lend it sequentially to an unlimited number of library users, HarperCollins has instead opted to only license each of their eBooks for 26 uses. After the 26 circulations are used up, the library must purchase an additional license.
This change has primarily affected Overdrive users, the lion’s share of the public library eBook market, but will apply to all distributors of HarperCollins eBook content. More important, this shift exposes the questionable nature of ownership in the library and consumer eBook landscape.
Please join us for a lively one-hour webinar panel discussion of the role of eBooks, the public library, lending limits, ownership, the right of first use and digital copyright.
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