Tip of the Day: See if your local library has a subscription to an ebook/audiobook lending site like Overdrive.
Here's some more thoughts on the pros and cons of ebooks from a public library perspective:
1. libraries have limited shelf space; ebook collections don't take up shelf space so more titles can be ordered
2. ebooks don't fall apart/get stolen/get lost
3. ebooks automatically "check back in" on their due dates so the next person on the holds list doesn't have to wait longer than expected from patrons who keep books past their due dates and therefore....
3a. ebooks don't accrue overdue fines
4. putting an ebook on hold is free, while in my library system putting a paper book on hold is 50 cents to a dollar
1. ebooks depend on technology to be accessible; if a library's network system goes down (like my library's did yesterday for over two hours), the books are not available for example
2. book publishers are still figuring out their terms for selling ebooks to libraries -- some times in ways that aren't beneficial to libraries (see the HarperCollins article that Kate linked to last week; my library system is now boycotting the purchase of HC ebooks because other publishers are NOT changing to terms such as this)
3. lending materials budgets will be stretched thinner; less titles might be purchased because now paper AND electronic versions of popular titles need to be purchased
Anything else obvious I'm missing about ebooks being held in library collections?
Deena, Miss Subbing for Pubbing