E-books in libraries today: a full report

The French Ministry of Culture and Communication (through the General Direction for Media and Cultural industries, Books and Reading Service) has commissioned a report on the dissemination of e-books in libraries to a consulting company, IDATE. Based on analytical data about the situation in France and several other countries, mainly from Europe, it was released last June.

The report describes the international panorama on the matter: is there a model for book lending in libraries? Are libraries actively meeting with the publishers, trying to find a way for offering e-Books to their clients?, etc.  Then, in the second part of the report, it presents what they call the “Conditions to be met in order to establish a balanced framework”, a series of recommendations concerning both management and technological aspects.

You can access the full report (in French) through this link.

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