“future of reading” thanks

Lots of libraries are doing programs/talking about this issue, including Winchester and Forbes Library in Northampton, who sent me info they developed.

Here are a couple of links I used:

This broke reading/library use down into urban, suburban, and rural categories:
http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/12/20/reading-habits-in-different-communities/

This is a cool infographic about the coexistence of ebooks and print books:
http://dailyinfographic.com/libraries-are-forever-e-books-print-books-can-coexist-infographic

I pulled data from this MBLC video, and people were really impressed about the stat about all the seats at Fenway. I’m not giving you the stat because you should watch the video if you haven’t seen it already:  http://youtu.be/pcCFf_pYR-w

The Pew Charitable Trust has done a bunch of stuff about libraries recently, so it’s worth a poke around. ALA has a bunch of digital info resources too:
http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/ebooks-digital-content

This wasn’t on topic, but I thought it was interesting anyway – and I think it’d be worth it for us to look at what we’re offering for digital/tech services. Ereader training not as popular as you’d think in comparison to some other things: http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/01/25/public-library-resources-infographic/

A bunch of people sent me to the Library Link of the Day site, which apparently did a bunch of stuff on ebooks recently. I didn’t use it, but it’s a handy site to keep abreast of library land. http://www.tk421.net/librarylink/

Posted on behalf of Jennifer Inglis, Director, Nahant Public Library

Summary of e-reader circulation in MA

On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM, Robin Shtulman <shtulman@edthewizard.com>wrote:

First, I do apologize for how long it’s been between asking the question
and posting a summary of responses.

I did hear from 12 libraries that circulate a variety of e-readers.

Those who had newer models, such as ipads, tablet computers, and kindle
fires reported greatest satisfaction with how they are circulating.

2 libraries reported really good circulation
1  specifically has an “OverDrive test drive” program which has been
successful
5 libraries report moderate to disappointing circulation, primarily a
flurry when they were new, followed by dribs and drabs
4 report very little patron use of their e-readers

We have 3 nooks and 3 kindles.
The nooks are touch screen.
The kindles have the keyboard along the bottom.

We have had articles in the newspaper, signs in the library, & e-mails to
our patrons announcing their availability.
When we first got them, we did have waiting lists and excitement.
Right now, all six are in the drawer.

We have 2 very active book groups, and I do put those titles on the
e-readers.  We had some success with those patrons borrowing the e-readers
for a while, especially those who liked the font-size flexibility.

Many of our most avid readers have reported that they simply don’t enjoy
using a machine to read.

I also think that there’s a learning curve and 2 weeks may not be long
enough to get really comfortable and start having a good time.

We’ve had some interest from patrons who would like to try the ipad but,
currently, we do not have one.

I’m not sorry we have the e-readers — It was a good resource for the
patrons who tried them.  I do just still feel conflicted about continuing
to spend money from our book budget on titles for them.

As gathered from the allregions list by Robin Shtulman, Assistant Director Athol Public Library

eReader registration without credit cards

Our library recently acquired two Kindles, and a Nook Color.   I had been told by two separate sources I trusted you could not establish accounts with B&N or Amazon without a credit card attached, and without an account you could not register a reader.  The need for an account to register is true, but apparently the credit card part was true at one time but no longer.

I have found you can establish accounts with both B&N, and Amazon without attaching a credit card and that the accounts work fine for registering the devices, and regarding the Kindle downloading library material.   If you want to download anything else on either, even if it’s a free app, you are prompted to attach a credit card and can go no future without one.  Since all we will be doing with these devices is downloading library materials, and demos, that works just fine for us and takes the worry of patrons purchasing downloads to them off the table.

In doing this  research it has been indicated if we ever do want to download anything else on these we can use a prepaid gift card like Am Express or MasterCard, the amount on the card does not matter.  The card has to be one that has an expiration date, and we’d have to call the company to attach a name and address to it for B&N and Amazon to accept it as an account card.   Everything I’ve read seems to say Am Express works the best for this purpose.  There was also some talk that an Amazon gift card would work too but that explanation was a little fuzzy so that one I’m unsure of.

circulating nooks & kindles

The following was posted to the allregions library list:
This question is for libraries circulating nooks & kindles.
How do you prevent patrons from visiting the kindle store or B & N .com and buying e-books that the library then has to pay for?
– We did password protect the nooks, but at least one was returned no longer password protected, and the patron was able to download 4 books!
– We were assured by Amazon that no one would be able to purchase using our acct. without our password. However, I tested this and was easily able to purchase a book directly from the kindle, charged to our library’s gift card, without entering any passwords or the gift card number.
– If we password protect the kindles, then no one can read with them unless we give out the password.
Our borrowing policy, which patrons must read and sign when borrowing an e-reader, clearly states that patrons must pay for books they download. Still, it is much better to prevent this from happening.
Any advice you can provide would be fantastic!
Thank you,
Robin
Robin Shtulman
Athol Public Library
568 Main Street
Athol, MA 01331
978.249.9515