I hope many of you took the opportunity to participate in last week’s webinar, E-books: Opportunities, Obstacles, and Trends. If you missed it, a recording of the webinar will be available soon on AALL2go. Speaker Sue Polanka presented valuable information and offered additional resources on such topics as business models, access options, licensing and copyright, evaluating and budgeting, and e-reader devices.
The webinar reminded me once again how different our viewpoints and concerns are when we work in such a variety of library types and situations. Even as we advocate for library-friendly policies for e-book programs, we need to recognize that there is no “one-size-fits-all” model.
When I talk with legal publishers, I strive to represent the interests of AALL and all of its members. In my upcoming conversations with publishers, I plan to focus on e-book licensing models and pricing structures. To that end, it would be helpful for me to hear directly from more members on such questions as:
- What features do you want to see in e-books that are not possible in print books?
- What business model and access method would work best in your situation?
- What delivery platform(s) does your library favor?
- How do you want to receive updated content?
- Do you want print and e-book content bundled, or should bundling be just one of many options?
- Do your users need the capability to personalize e-books? To download them? Print?
- Is privacy a concern in your environment?
This is not an exhaustive list of issues. I know there are more questions to ask and more complexities to describe. Please let me know what is critical for you and your institution: email me your questions, comments, and concerns about the world of e-books for libraries. I look forward to hearing from you.