Libraries set out to own their ebooks


11 Responses to “Libraries set out to own their ebooks”

  1. Kimmo says:

    My mind boggles at the untapped potential of digital libraries.

    Folks should be able to Kickstart a neighbourhood revolution.

  2. Rob Myers says:

    Why is Boing Boing promoting DRM for libraries?

    • Joe S. says:

      Simple: Most publishers still insist on it.

    • nowimnothing says:

      As much as I hate DRM, there is not another way right now for libraries to lend a single copy at a time like the paper model they are trying to replicate. Also no way to force returns of overdue copies.  Without it a library would just be 1990′s Napster. Which is not a bad thing in my mind as a library professional, but I can see most publishers crying a river.

      • foobar says:

        We really need libraries (and publishers too) to join the conversation on how we’re going to structure things now that there’s no need to track individual copies or have them returned, or have libraries serve small, geographically based constituencies.

        If they stick their heads in the sand on the issue, internet public libraries will still (and already are) get built, just without their concerns addressed.

        • nowimnothing says:

          Well in the long run, I don’t think the economies of artificial scarcity will hold up. Authors and publishers will just have to find alternative streams of revenue outside the outdated ideas of ‘copies’ and restricted/limited access to information.

  3. cstatman says:

    San Jose libraries has e-books,  and e-magazines.   I cannot for the life of me figure it all out.    The mags seem to be pdf, but not really,   and the books have to go through a checkout from a 3rd party cart

    If the folks in CO can truly figure it out?  it would be smoking cool and bad-ass

    Just sayin

  4. There is much more technical information here. It appears that the DRM is applied by the library using Adobe Content Server. This is the “industry standard DRM” that the summary is talking about. 

    The article also states “Lastly and most importantly, we’ve established agreements with publishers to allow DCL to purchase and manage the digital rights for e-books.” This seems to mean that the publisher wouldn’t allow the library to offer an ebook unless it were encumbered by DRM applied by the publisher or by the library. In this case, by the library.

    Even more information about how the library works with publishers is here.

    • metamaterial says:

       Thank you. Because of your link I was able to find out their policy vis a vis CC-licensed works: they can and are quite willing do non-DRM too.

  5. jambina says:

    also, check out – looking to do this on a larger scale.

  6. Bill Ludwig says:

    Library Renewal and The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library have a petition going at to try and get publishers to open up their policies for libraries.

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