Friends, Romans, Librarians: Lend Me Your E-books (Part 2)

In Guest Contributors, Resources by Guest Contributor

Yesterday, in Part 1, Erik Christopher looked at the e-book models offered to librarians by the United States’ two largest e-book retailers, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Today, he considers the model offered by Overdrive and the future of lending as seen by the Open Book Alliance’s Peter Brantley. By Erik Christopher Despite the user-friendly devices and what they can …

Poll Results: Libraries Should Lend E-books, But Few Have Borrowed

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Shortly after the UK Publishers Association announced stricter guidelines for library lending (geographic restrictions and a ban on remote lending), we asked our readers what they thought of library e-book lending. Should libraries loan e-books? The large majority of poll-takers, 81%, said that libraries should loan e-books, despite arguments that lending e-books could lead to more piracy. …

Delft University’s Massive Library Desk Made from Books

In What's the Buzz by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A library in the Netherlands has given a whole new meaning to the concept of recycling paper. When a fire destroyed part of the library at the Delft University of Technology, the school replaced the library’s entire collection. Unwilling to part with those old volumes that were left behind but undamaged by the flames, the library built …