Ebooks and Public Libraries

Libraries have loaned out physical books or documents for hundreds of years. Electronic books (ebooks) are going to be the transformative force that changes the very defintion of libraries in our society. It will most likely take a very long time for ebooks to replace physical books as the media of choice for reading literature, but the change is definitely underway.

Ebook sales are skyrocketing and the use of ebooks is becoming more and more prominent with a greater variety of books available electronically and better ereaders becoming available. Libraries are already including ebooks as part of their offerings and we can only expect the trend to continue.

Below are posts covering ebooks and the impact they are having on libraries.

Are ebooks better with sound effects?

by Public Libraries on April 11, 2014

Are ebooks good or bad for public libraries?

by Public Libraries on February 28, 2014

DoJ Apple ruling upsets top publishers in the industry

by Public Libraries on August 13, 2013

Stephen King takes a stand against ebooks

by Public Libraries on May 21, 2013

Penguin settles with US Justice Department on ebook price fixing

by Public Libraries on December 18, 2012

Mini tablets will bring mega wait times for ebooks at libraries

by Public Libraries on November 21, 2012