Friday Reads Sweet Sixteen Weekend Edition

I’m really looking forward to the weekend. It’s been a long week and I don’t feel like I accomplished much.

I’d like to thank Nate for reposting my Modest eBook Proposal post on his site. It’s gotten some pretty thoughtful comments. I appreciate that a lot. It’s good to get comments about eBooks and libraries from people not employed by libraries.

I don’t know what’s going to happen with regards to eBooks, publishers, and libraries. It’s a bit scary and not only because I’m many years away from retirement, with a mortgage, and a family to support. I think libraries are one of the only places left that can actually benefit ALL of society. But we need to change how we do business if we are going to be around for the next 100+ years. We should really question our focus and how we chose to spend our community’s money. I have no answers. Lots of questions and hope are all I can offer.

Hope you enjoy this week’s links:

Francine Fialkoff thanks Harper Collins for making librarians question the current model of digital distribution. I do too.

David Lankes give us his opinion on publishers, digital content, and libraries. I’ve been looking forward to hearing what he has to say on this issue. He doesn’t disappoint. Here’s a quick bit:

We shouldn’t be angry with publishers – we should help them see there is life in the digital frontier – that they can be more than their inventory. Just like us. And like us it doesn’t have to be for free (libraries are not free – members pay for them with tuition, taxes, budget lines and so on).

This is a very interesting article about the effects of file-sharing on the recording industry. The author highlights some studies that suggest illegal file-sharing did not have the negative effect the recording industry says it did. Other factors (ex lousy economy and reduced discretionary income) are more likely the causes of the decline in revenue for the recording industry. Definitely worth a read.

Steve Matthews discusses the difference between the library as ‘Community Center’ and ‘Center of the Community’. Big difference.

I’m sure risk management would love this idea. While we may not run with this particular type of program/service it is worth thinking about new ways to engage our community. Ideas like this, while they may not stick, are good to consider.

This week’s list wouldn’t be complete without reference to the Google Books decision. Ars Technica does a good job of summing up the implications of Judge Chin’s decision.

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