Tuesday, November 09, 2010

A stonkingly good piece of kit

eBook devices at a glance

We're implementing ebooks next year at work, and may purchase an eBook reader as well. Our reasons are to learn how to use the technology and see what sort of reception they get from our patrons. These are interesting times for libraries. In the same way that digital distribution has affected the retail music industry and video stores, technology is encroaching on the traditional lending model of over the counter lending. This chart came from a prominent figure in the information sector who is a well known commentator on library trends. Ebooks are here to stay. They will impact upon the way libraries operate, but contrary to popular belief, they will not make them redundant.

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