With increased focus on sharing of collections, consortial delivery programs, and collaboration amongst libraries in identifying and preserving print runs and last copies, the academic library is changing dramatically.
It will come as no surprise to anyone who reads this blog that I am a bibliophile. I love books, I live surrounded by them and never thought I would live to see the current changes in technology that have many referring to them as obsolete.
I'm suggesting that talks, events, symposia, blogs, hangouts... -- discussion with smart people in any form -- should come before the book. The process becomes the product; the book (if there is one) is a byproduct.
This synchronization between book and author is what separates ebooks from their paper counterpart. Every other medium; video, music, news, etc. has been drastically altered during the move online and books are no exception.
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), in an email to members Friday, reported U.S. wholesale ebook sales for the month of January, 2010 rose 261 percent to $31.9 million from the same period a year ago.
Publishers should trust customers. Most people are honest and well-intentioned. Let's educate them about their social obligation to financially support the author, publisher and retailer who helped bring them this book.