E-books draining budgets at libraries in Broward, Palm Beach counties – Libraries are facing increasing issues with ebook adoption. First, their collections are small. Second, their budgets are small which prevents the expansion of their collections. Third, demand for ebooks at libraries is growing. There is no easy answer to the digital library dilemma because funding is a scarce resource for libraries. Still, finding all the titles people want in e-book form can present an obstacle. Library officials say it’s easy to find new books available digitally, as well as very old titles. But books from, say, five years ago are more of a challenge. And some of the very popular books are too expensive for libraries to afford so they either don’t buy them, or spend more money buying less books than in year’s past. Sun Sentinel
Going negative on ebooks – Apparently there are a lot of celebratory blog posts that ebooks are on the decline because exponential growth hasn’t been as robust as it was before. In the early days of ebooks (only three years ago), ebook adoption grew by the 100 percent on a regular basis. At one point, ebook adoption was doubling every 3 months. (I remember this distinctly because a Bowker person at a conference talked about how prices of ebooks when a reader enters the market becomes the anchor for future expectations of price). Now, however, digital book growth is slowing down but it is still growing. It’s much harder to double millions than it is to double hundreds and I think that is basically what we are seeing here. Momentum
‘The Novelist’ Video Game Looks at Writing Life – Would you play this game? it’s about balancing work and life, the work being a novelist. At each juncture, you can make a choice and the choice will directly affect the outcome. In the end, you might be a bestselling novelist, but you might also be alone. That might be okay, so long as it is just a game you are playing. GalleyCat
Author Choire Sicha: How the Internet Kills and Saves Book Culture – Choire Sicha, author and co-founder of the Awl, says that the internet has both killed and encouraged literary culture. It’s actually one of the better articles I’ve read about the drawbacks and benefits of the Internet and reading.
The Internet is destroying a good number of things while making a fairly decent number of exciting new things–but in particular, it sure has got its hands around the neck of dear old literary culture. What is literary culture? It’s what used to mean “participation in a community that purchases and consumes and discusses and participates in argument about the content and form of written work.” Or… wait. Is the Internet strangling us? I change my mind hourly. Bookish.com