Our morning started out with several panels of great speakers on Managing the e-book Explosion, including Cindy Orr.
Evolution or Revolution – too late for evolution, so I guess it’s Revolution!!
Sales for eBooks on track to be twice as high as last year.
Chicago Public Library – number of people checking out eBooks doubled
When will ebooks become dominant? We don’t know for sure, but it’s coming…
2003, first OverDrive site
2007, Kindle released
July 2010 Kindles ebooks outsold regular books
How do Libraries Respond?
Build our service around our readers
What do readers want? Overwhelmingly pleasure reading, mostly fiction
Help people be able to browse – how? Electronic displays “If you liked…” or Staff favorites, or summer reading titles
How do we stay ahead of the curve? Building a library of the future!
- Books should be always available, no matter how many others want it.
- Device agnostic
- Access from anywhere
- Books must be cheap (or free)
- Service fast and as powerful as any retailer
- Help in finding a good book to read
- Need to be better at pointing readers to midlist books.
Who are customers of the 21st century library?
We need to adapt or die! We need to seek out the digital natives since they are the future. We need to take our services to them rather than have them come to us. Keep innovating for services they don’t even know they want.