In the first significant revision to lending terms for ebook circulation, HarperCollins has announced that new titles licensed from library ebook vendors will be able to circulate only 26 times before the license expires. – Library Journal
Our system has belonged to a partnership through our local MLC
that has allowed us to offer EBooks to our patrons the last couple of years. I have been on the selection committee. Back when we started, which wasn’t all that long ago, it was really all about audio. I can still remember the conversations when we were trying to decide between the various ebook formats being offered. Fortunately, Overdrive settled on the right choice, and was ready for the Christmas of 2009 when things really took off.
I emailed the news to the rest of the group members but I doubt I will hear much feedback this late on a Friday. I am sure we will have much to discuss very soon.
And that’s why libraries should just stop buying DRM media for their collections. Period. It’s unsafe at any speed.Â I mean it. When HarperCollins backs down and says, “Oh, no, sorry, we didn’t mean it, you can have unlimited ebook checkouts,” the libraries’ answers should be “Not good enough. We want DRM-free or nothing.” Stop buying DRM ebooks. – Cory Doctorow
One thing you can say for Cory: He is always consistent. But then, the Publishing Companies give him plenty to work with, too.
There are lots of library issues I concern myself with every day. I just spent a few minutes this morning walking through the newly branch closest to my home. As a long-time member of the community (since I was born there some years ago), I am truly excited about this development. This wraps up the last expansion that was begun six years ago. And there are already preliminary discussions of where the first true expansion library will be going. One thing I don’t worry about is the Internet Godzilla Myth. I have little doubt that, by 2151, we will all be accessing our podcasts and text and everything else on voice-activated touch-sensitive Personal Access Display Devices. And I also think that it is likely that Apple or Sony will have such a device out long well before that. But that is going to be an evolutionary, not a revolutionary process. Print and libraries are going to be working together for a very long time. And Google is going to do anything about library expansion except help us find articles.
bq.I have had enough experience with library studies to know that librarians are prone to only think in print terms. – Kenneth Hambrick And I have had enough experience with self-styled library prognosticators to know that anyone who advocates libraries without print doesn’t know as much about libraries as they think they do. [via The Internet has made traditional libraries obsolete]
Phillip Torrone of Make Magazine has outlined a method for constructing Enhanced Podcasts. The good thing is these look like a wonderful educational application. The bad thing is that they are extremely platform-limited at the moment. This is just a guess but I would be willing to bet if manufacturers were able to spend more time on enhancing the experience of the consumer and less time trying to think of new methods of DRM, we would all be better off in ways we haven’t even thought of yet.
First he ceased to be a customer.
bq.I cancelled my Audible subscription this morning. I hadn’t used it in a few months yet was still paying the monthly fee. I stopped using it because both the computer I used to download books and the iPod I used to listen to them developed difficulties. I’ve replaced both the computer and the iPod but the Audible service doesn’t transfer because of the DRM limits. I think they assume that I’m “stealing” the books. – Dave Winer Then things got ever worse.
bq.And yesterday I got yelled at in public by the CEO of Audible, Don Katz. One of the things he was angry about was that, when I decided to unsub, instead of trying to work things out with them, I wrote about it on my weblog. I was incredulous. I tried to ask if he was saying that his customers shouldn’t have blogs, but he had a smart answer for everything. “You’re not a customer,” he said. Damn straight. And I never will as long as he’s the CEO. - Dave Winer It says a lot to me about Audible when they can’t deal with the fact that their customers are going to write things they don’t like about them on their weblogs. That is one of the prices of doing business. And it is interesting that DRM is the cause of all this. DRM works perfectly fine. For the first five minutes or so. I have been through 5 desktops at home in the last 13 years, countless windows installations and multiple music devices. The thought of transferring licenses and authorizing devices always either strikes me with fear or gives me a headache. And I consider myself technically adept. I wonder how much business DRM has caused companies to lose up until this point. And I wonder how much more they lose when people realize the inherent problems.
These instructions for Downloading netLibrary titles to your PDA look really interesting. As well as the rest of their PDA Zone.
EarthCore is a serialized audiobook (aka podcast or should we call this a bibliocast) of a novel by Scott Singler. Interestingly, Scott Sigler tells the story of how the work was originally released as an e-book and was scheduled to appear in print but the publisher didn’t survive long enough. I can’t help but wonder, though, has he checked the shelf at the Canton Public Library in Michigan?
Not being ones to jump too quickly on any bandwagon (which is generally a good thing because our patrons would not generally be considered early adopters), we have begun to explore the possibility of acquiring a plan for downloadable audiobooks. The choices appear to be Audible, NetLibrary, and Overdrive. Both of the latter are Microsoft partners and use PlaysforSure, Microsoft’s proprietary DRM. PlaysforSure requires Media Player 10, which lets out not only all non-Windows users, but also many Windows users as well, since it only runs on XP. Also, it is limited to a subset of MP3 players, excluding at least one model popular with both the public and Microsoft employees. The question is, will the market develop fast enough for these companies to survive, or will everyone just give up in disgust?
bq.The newest books in the New York Public Library don’t take up any shelf space. They are electronic books – 3,000 titles’ worth – and the library’s 1.8 million cardholders can point and click through the collection at www .nypl.org, choosing from among best sellers, nonfiction, romance novels and self-help guides. Patrons borrow them for set periods, downloading them for reading on a computer, a hand-held organizer or other device using free reader software. When they are due, the files are automatically locked out – no matter what hardware they are on – and returned to circulation, eliminating late fees. – Tim Gnatek
E-Ink says that it will be able to commercialize an e-book product within a year.