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I’m excited to be teaching a set of two 90-minute workshops for ALA TechSource in December about eBooks.  The title is E-Books and Access: Upholding Library Values, held the 7th and 14th of December.

So what am I going to talk about?

  • 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

If you have things you want to make sure I cover, comment below or drop me an email or DM or Skype or chat or whatever :)

The world of eBooks is always changing and so much has happened just in the last couple of days with Amazon announcing their “lending library” (and I do put that in quotes for a reason), changes to eBrary and Gale eBooks, etc.  I put together a reading list of a few key posts that I think help frame the discussion of digital content in libraries.

You can sign up for the workshop now, either as an individual or with the group rate for your library.

“My eBook Workshops for ALA – Sign Up Now!”

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  2. Roberta Knauer Says:

    I signed up for the ebook workshop on Wednesday, and there is a topic I would like you to cover. Our library (Wyckoff Public Library in NJ) is considering purchasing some ebook readers for our patrons to borrow, as soon as we’re able to provide a decent amount of ebooks to load onto them. Which do you think would be better, the Kindle or the Nook? Our consortium (Bergen County Cooperative Library System) subscribes to Overdrive, but, as I’m sure you know, there are limited copies and long waiting lists for popular books. We’re thinking of joining
    a group called “BEAT” for Bergen eAudio Team. I know there are also books in the public domain available through project Gutenberg.

  3. Sarah Says:

    @Roberta Knauer – I will absolutely be talking about eReaders. I’ll be listing the pros and cons of different readers, but I will leave it to you to deduce a recommendation. It really depends on what you’re trying to lend out, and how legally risky you want to get. We’ll talk more on the 7th!

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