CIL Talks E-Books, Why E-Books Need Libraries, Other Deep Thoughts: Your Weekly Libraries and E-Content News Summary

March 30, 2012
Posted in: News

First up in this week’s round-up of electronic content and library news we have summaries from two sessions at last week’s Computers in Libraries conference, where several sessions were devoted to the future of electronic content.

Library Renewal’s Michael Porter spoke during a session at CIL with Andy Woodworth and Sarah Houghton on e-book trends from an information professional’s perspective. You can watch a video of that session here (fyi, Michael is the third of the three speakers so his portion about e-content, libraries and Library Renewal towards the end). If you can’t watch the video, Nicole Engard provides a concise summary of the session on her website, Andy Woodworth provides a transcript of his talk on his blog and Michael put a version of his slides here:

E-Book Trends: Library Renewal at CiL 2012

Also at CiL, Gluejar’s Andromeda Yelton presented an interesting session on the future of e-books and you can view that entire session here.

While you’re at it, why not just check out a TON of other great videos from this year’s Computers in Libraries 2012 Conference over on Jaap van de Geer’s UStream page. As always, many thanks to the Japp and Eric for their fine video work with this both here and over at twil (This Week in Libraries).

From American Libraries magazine, a post on why e-books need libraries. Beverly Goldberg writes about the culture of sharing, how it is almost an innate human quality, and that people would be creating libraries if they did not already exist (and some are creating libraries even when they do exist). Goldberg argues that people will fight for their right to share their reading experiences, and that this passion for sharing could transfer to e-books.

Over at the Idea Log, a lengthy thought piece with suggestions for publishers on how to experiment with the new market created by e-books. Also, there is lots of discussion in the comments of this post.

From NPR, a short and light-hearted piece titled “In Praise of E-books” that looks at the physical benefits of reading books on an e-reader.

And finally, an interesting read from the New York Times on young readers and e-books. The article focuses on whether learning to read on iPads and e-readers is better than reading what are termed “traditional” books, or whether reading on these devices leads to distractions.

Be sure to check out links to lots of other stories like these that we post on our Twitter feed and Facebook page throughout the week.

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