Notes of a Binge Thinker

Thoughts from NTLP's Executive Director

Subscribe to Ebooks? – A model for libraries

Hi.  I often read the ReadWriteWeb blog because of its top of the line posts and it keeps me up with every aspect of my interests:  web, gadgets, writing and libraries.  In a recent post, we were introduced to the idea of subscribing to ebooks.  In this model, a reader will pay a monthly fee to access as many items as they would like.  As I read it, I thought to myself that this sounds like a private library to me and by the time I finished the article, I was surprised to find the author had agreed with me. 

E-book subscriptions may sound like a new and exciting model for readers, authors, and the publishing industry. But there’s already an “all-you-can-eat” model for books: libraries. That library card gets you access to all the books you want, for free.

So, what do you think BTC, are ebook subscriptions something libraries could take advantage of?  What would you suggest?  I am going to write the company, 24symbols and see what they think about libraries.  I’ll let you know what I find out…

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Written by amwlkaw

April 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Posted in Misc

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  1. I already pay for a technical books subscription plan via O’Reilly’s Safari Books Online service. I only do that because most of the technical books I read are not widely available from libraries (or are only available for ILL after they are almost out of date), and they often cost $50 each and up. Given the amount of technical reading I do, it just made more economic sense to go that route.

    O’Reilly adds a lot of value to the subscription with video tutorials and other online features.

    – Jesse

    Jesse Ephraim

    April 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm


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