Digipalooza 2013 is coming soon!
E-Book life has been pretty low key over the past months and I’ve sadly neglected this blog. Next week is Digipalooza 2013 in Cleveland and I’m hoping to revive my enthusiasm for this media and learn what other librarians from around the country are doing to help their patrons embrace this technology. Steve Potash is famous for bringing out his predictions on the last morning of this conference and I look forward to hearing good news regarding full integration within our library catalogs, easier methods of downloading, and a host of other things on my wishlist. Please don’t disappoint me, Steve! While we do love OverDrive, there are now other options available if our current provider can’t continue to compete in this ever-changing market.
I think one of the big shifts in our relationship with OverDrive this year is the emphasis on Advantage library purchasing. For almost nine years, our 25 member consortium has been able to pool precious resources in order to purchase e-books and e-audiobooks to benefit both large and small libraries. Now, two publishers will only license titles to individual libraries who are in the Advantage program. If we want to provide our patrons with bestsellers from authors like James Patterson or David Baldacci, each library must purchase them individually. With licenses costing anywhere from $75 to $90 each, this eats up our budgets quickly. We are then faced with a conflict – do we keep increasing the amount we give into the consortium pot for the good of all libraries, or do we start holding back so our local patrons can enjoy authors not available to the group. Our entire consortium model is in danger of breaking down. I’m not sure that publishers wouldn’t be very happy if this were to happen. Perhaps I’m just being cynical!
Look for daily updates from Cleveland if our wireless access holds up. Otherwise, you’ll be hearing from me when I return!