E-Books in Libraries: A Briefing Document Developed in Preparation for a Workshop on E-Lending in Libraries



This brie­fing docu­ment was deve­l­o­ped with hel­pful inputs from indus­try sta­ke­hol­ders and other prac­ti­tio­ners in pre­pa­ra­tion for the “E-Books in Libraries” work­shop, hos­ted on February 24, 2012, by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society with the gene­rous sup­port of the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

The “E-Books in Libraries” work­shop was con­ve­ned as part of a broa­der effort to explore cur­rent issues asso­cia­ted with digi­tal publis­hing busi­ness models and access to digitally-published mate­ri­als in libra­ries. Workshop atten­dees, inclu­ding rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ves from lea­ding publis­hers, libra­ries, aca­de­mia, and other indus­try experts, were invi­ted to iden­tify key chal­len­ges, share expe­ri­en­ces, and prio­ri­tize areas for action. This docu­ment, which con­tains some updates reflec­ting new deve­lop­ments fol­lo­wing the February work­shop (up to June 2012), is inten­ded to build on and con­ti­nue that dis­cus­sion with a broa­der audi­ence, and encou­rage the deve­lop­ment of next steps and con­crete solutions.

Beginning with a brief over­view of the history and the cur­rent state of the e-book publis­hing mar­ket, the docu­ment tra­ces the struc­ture of the licen­sing prac­tices and busi­ness models used by dis­tri­bu­tors to make e-books avail­able in libra­ries, and iden­ti­fies select chal­len­ges fac­ing libra­ries and publis­hers. Where pos­si­ble, we have made an effort to incor­po­rate sta­ke­hol­der per­spec­tives and real-world exam­ples to con­nect ana­ly­sis to the actual ques­ti­ons, issues, and chal­len­ges that arise in prac­tice. The docu­ment con­clu­des with a num­ber of infor­ma­tive resour­ces – inclu­ding news arti­cles, whi­te­pa­pers, sta­ke­hol­der and trade asso­cia­tion reports, and other online sour­ces – that might inform future con­ver­sa­ti­ons, inves­ti­ga­ti­ons, pilot pro­jects, and best prac­tices in this space.

The topics pre­sen­ted in this brie­fing come at an import­ant moment for the publis­hing indus­try, and in par­ti­cu­lar the e-book mar­ket, both of which have been rapidly evol­ving over the last several years. These chan­ges are, in turn, affec­ting the models used by publis­hers’ hori­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal busi­ness part­ners, such as libra­ries and dis­tri­bu­tors. While we have endea­vored to pro­vide accu­rate infor­ma­tion wit­hin this docu­ment, the dyna­mic flux of the indus­try can make it dif­fi­cult to accu­ra­tely cap­ture a com­pre­hen­sive snap­shot of its cur­rent state. For instance, during the course of our initial rese­arch we found that some infor­ma­tion publis­hed as recently as September 2011 had alre­ady become out­da­ted; other sali­ent infor­ma­tion is not made publi­cly avail­able for com­pe­ti­tive rea­sons. Please note that we con­sider this to be a working docu­ment, which we hope to deve­lop fur­ther as infor­ma­tion chan­ges and the issues evolve.

In light of these limi­ta­ti­ons, we wel­come feed­back and suggestions.

Quelle: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/publications/2012/ebooks_in_libraries

via http://dp.la/2012/08/06/berkman-center-releases-e-books-in-libraries-a-briefing-document/

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