Several months ago, I put forward a proposal in a post I timidly titled, In Which I Solve the Ebook Library Lending Problem. That post was just before a meeting between librarians and publishers, which was preceded by some ridiculous tough talk and some whining about current bestsellers being the “bread and butter” of libraries, as if that mattered to publishers. I pointed out that from the publisher’s perspective, selling newly released ebooks to libraries “would be like movie studios releasing DVDs alongside their their theatrical releases.”...
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Sony Unveils Reader Library Program to Promote Digital Reading at Public Libraries
June 29, 2010
In recognition of Library Advocacy Day, Sony
today unveiled the Reader Library program, a new initiative to support the work of public libraries as they expand and promote their eBook collections. The program provides public libraries with training on digital reading devices, educational materials to help readers learn about the eBooks and digital texts available to them through their local libraries, and digital reading devices for library staff use.