Tag Archives: E-book

E-books and public libraries in Finland

Hannu Sulin, from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland has sent us two interesting reports concerning E-books and public libraries in this country:

 E-books for Public Libraries (mainly in English), describing  a model that facilitates publishers’ business practices, enables the payment of royalties to authors and formulates a framework that would enable public libraries to provide high quality domestic literature as e-books to the libraries’ users.

Analysis of the eBook chain and acquisition process (Finnish, with an executive summary in English)

ReadersFirst Initiative

Two weeks ago we presented The Right to e-Read project. Today, another initiative relating to e-books in libraries: the ReadersFirst movement tackles the problem of quality control for e-content distributors, describing some principles and translating them into specifications that will ensure best service.

The ReadersFirst Coalition is a network of over 285 library systems serving 198 millions of readers from the United States mainly, though it’s an international project: in Europe, they have already two members: the French Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and Stockholm Public Library.

The Right to e-Read

In the last few years there’s been a consolidation of the e-books market; the number of publishers and therefore the titles have experienced an exponent growth, along with the users. The lending of e-books in libraries has been a quite discussed topic in specialised forums and lists, with supporters and detractors: the need for libraries to keep track of the demands of a highly technology demanding community, the costs of offering both the devices and the titles in a budget-cutting context are just two examples of the discussions taking place in the library community. 

EBLIDA is aware of the obstacles getting in the way of libraries that wish to offer e-books to their users and has made a call on the EU Commission demanding a copyright framework, paving the way towards e-lending in European libraries.

You can read the whole text through this link.

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.

NAPLE Seminar on eBooks, 2013. Presentations (II)

The NAPLE Seminar on eBooks was held in Milan last 13th  May. Today, Erik Thorlund Jepsen’s presentation about E-books in Denmark.


NAPLE’s Annual Assembly, 2013. Presentations (III)

Third presentation we publish from NAPLE’s Annual Assembly. Today, it’s about German Public Libraries and e-books. Its authors, Barbara Schleihagen and Miriam Schriefers, from the German Library Association.

E-Books in German Public Libraries

Presentations of IFLA-CILIP E-Book Seminar now available

Last January we published a post announcing the celebration of a seminar the IFLA Management of Library Associations (MLAS) was celebrating in Cooperation with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) called “E-Books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?” that would  take place at CILIP headquarters on February 21st 2013 in London, United Kingdom.

You can check the Presentations of this Seminar by clicking here


E-Lending for Libraries

Ever since the launch of e-books IFLA has worked on the e-Lending. The e-Lending Working Group, was created and tasked by the IFLA Governing Board with “developing a set of principles that could guide library professionals as they grapple with the complicated process of negotiating eBook licenses with publishers and resellers”. In 2012 they publish the “Background Paper on e-Lending” and now they have just created a web page aimed to gather resources and expand the amount of information available.

You can visit the web at this link

E-Books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?

IFLA Management of Library Associations (MLAS) is celebrating a Seminar in Cooperation with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) called “E-Books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?”. It will take place at CILIP headquarters on February 21st 2013 in London, United Kingdom.

Registration is free but places are limited. For full information and registration details:

Two weeks for the Europeana Conference/ VI Congreso Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas

See you all soon in Burgos, Spain!!

Just two weeks for the start of the conference, don’t forget to register here

We will have the chance to listen to the interesting reflections of Professor Arsuaga. Next, we will start the sessions with a necessary debate on the future of public libraries in the 21st century with Roger E. Levien and Javier Celaya.

 We would like you to actively participate in this debate, that will open this new edition of the Public Libraries National Conference of Spain, this time organised as a Joint Event with Europeana. It will have an important presence of Spanish and international professionals as Kristiina Hormia, from the National Library of Finland on the Finnish Digital Library ; Rob Davies, Ad Pollé and Jon Purday, who will be speaking of different Europeana projectsJeffrey A. Rubin on Louisiana Digital Library and Martin Palmer on e-books in public libraries.

 Three round tables will include a wide range of topics to debate. This debate will be encouraged by leading professionals and also by you, through your collaboration in social networks.

 The impact of the digital environment in library services. Moderated by Nieves González

  Libraries andtheir communitiesin the digital era.  Moderated by Fernando Juárez

 Cooperation with Archives, Museums,Audiovisual Institutions and otherOrganisations inDigital Projects.Moderated by Javier Álvarez

 And also:

Communications and videos that we expect to be of interest to everyone

 We will also have the opportunity to know the city, with visits to   

Museum of Human Evolution, the new State Public Library in Burgos, the Network of Municipal Libraries of Burgos, the University of Burgos Library, the Cathedral, the Cartuja de Miraflores and the Monasterio de las Huelgas , among others.

 Please visit our website, which includes all this information and the programme at: http://en.www.mcu.es/bibliotecas/MC/2012/CongresoBP/index.html

 Follow us on Twitter at @VICNBP. The hashtag for the Conference is #VICNBP


VI Congreso Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas / Europeana Conference
Secretaría Técnica del Congreso
Subdirección General de Coordinación Bibliotecaria
Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
Plaza del Rey 1, planta 0
28071 MADRID