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Library Advocates

Posts tagged ebooks

Jun 26

Jan 9
More info on the DBW14 scheduler page.

More info on the DBW14 scheduler page.


Nov 12

Oct 14

What is ALA doing to get ebooks in libraries?

Find out at the American Library Association’s Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks, a free interactive online session that will take place from 11 a.m.-12:00p.m. Central time on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Register now as space is limited.


Oct 7
After several years of intensive ALA advocacy with the nation’s largest publishers to bring ebook titles into libraries, significant progress has been made. Learn about ALA ebook lending initiatives and success stories during ALA’s Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks, an interactive online session that will explore ALA ebook advocacy efforts and future directions. The member town hall will take place from 11 a.m.– noon Central time, Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Register now.
ALA members will have the opportunity to join ALA President Barbara Stripling, Immediate Past President Maureen Sullivan, and the leadership of the ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) to learn about ALA ebook activities and plans. Panelists will provide views on the current digital publishing climate and discuss ways that ALA can better advocate for important library interests. Come hear about the inside story of the many trips to New York City made by ALA leadership, including the most recent one completed just this week.

The virtual town hall also will explore emerging subjects in the ebook lending arena, including digital preservation, access to self-published work, and libraries as publishers. An audience question-and-answer period will immediately follow the panel discussion.

After several years of intensive ALA advocacy with the nation’s largest publishers to bring ebook titles into libraries, significant progress has been made. Learn about ALA ebook lending initiatives and success stories during ALA’s Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks, an interactive online session that will explore ALA ebook advocacy efforts and future directions. The member town hall will take place from 11 a.m.– noon Central time, Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Register now.

ALA members will have the opportunity to join ALA President Barbara Stripling, Immediate Past President Maureen Sullivan, and the leadership of the ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) to learn about ALA ebook activities and plans. Panelists will provide views on the current digital publishing climate and discuss ways that ALA can better advocate for important library interests. Come hear about the inside story of the many trips to New York City made by ALA leadership, including the most recent one completed just this week.

The virtual town hall also will explore emerging subjects in the ebook lending arena, including digital preservation, access to self-published work, and libraries as publishers. An audience question-and-answer period will immediately follow the panel discussion.


Oct 4
“We have yet to get to equitable access at a reasonable price.”

What’s New With Libraries And Ebooks? In Conversation With The American Library Association - Forbes

Maureen Sullivan still coming down hard and I dig it.

(via bookoisseur)

But you can help! We have resources for readers and librarians to help recruit authors who believe libraries should have fair and equitable access to ebooks. Getting authors on board, adding their voices to ours is a critical step.

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Jul 15

Jun 27
“So, dear reader, if your library doesn’t have the e-book you’d like to read, please don’t complain to your librarian. Complain to your publisher. Tell him to wake up and get real.” Ursula K. Le Guin, Why Your Library May Not Have the E-Book You Want (via authorsforlibraryebooks)

(via authorsforlibraryebooks)


authorsforlibraryebooks:

These authors support fair and equitable access to library ebooks. Do you? Join us at authorsforlibraryebooks.org.

Authors benefit when libraries have the ability to buy and lend ebooks. Libraries help authors through:

  • Exposure. Libraries help people find you. Readers discover new authors, topics, and genres in our libraries. Libraries help authors get noticed: we host you at author events; we feature your books at book clubs; and we spotlight your titles on our websites.
  • Sales. Research shows that our loans encourage people to buy your books. Additionally, many libraries now provide an option for people to click and “buy-it-now” from our websites.
  • Respect. Libraries honor your work. We protect copyright, and we pay for what we use. We want you to keep writing, and make a living at it.
  • Love of reading. Libraries help grow readers – and writers.  Library lending promotes literacy, exploration, creativity, and innovation.

And yet many ebooks are not available to most libraries at any price? Of those we can buy, libraries frequently pay 150 to 500% more than the consumer price, forcing us to purchase fewer copies for library readers to discover. As more books appear only in electronic form, the situation will become intolerable for our nation’s readers.

We’re really thrilled to get the ball rolling with these incredible authors.

Please follow us at http://authorsforlibraryebooks.tumblr.com/


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