Category: eBooks

Public libraries join forces to demand better eBook accessibility for their customers

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release June 5, 2012 Public libraries join forces to demand better eBook accessibility for their customers Toronto – The Canadian Urban Libraries Council/Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC), a coalition of Canada’s large public libraries, along with many U.S. public libraries such as the New York Public Library, are putting […]

Items upcoming on the CULC/CBUC Spring Meeting Agenda

The Executive is focussing the Spring 2012 discussions on fewer items that are linked through the theme of eContent.  Some of the items the national public library group will be addressing include: the work of the eBook Task Force and the proposed RFI they will be introducing next week US Publishing expert Brian O’Leary (Magellan […]

eBooks @ OLA; and ACP Winter Meetings

More than 170 people came to hear what CULC/CBUC has been doing on the eBook file since the last public meeting in June at CLA-Halifax. The task force members gave some updates and talked about the challenges that the sector is seeing in Canada and abroad. CULC/CBUC was fortunate enough to have been debriefed by […]

Penguin Audiobooks withdrawn for library purchase through OverDrive and other Platforms

Dear Library Partner, Effective immediately, Penguin Group has suspended the availability of download audiobook titles for library purchase across all vendors. This change does not affect any Penguin audiobook titles currently in your library’s catalog. Your library will be able to purchase additional copies of titles released before 11/14/2011. However, titles released after this date […]

Penguin and Library eBooks

**UPDATED** ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the country’s largest publishers, Penguin Group (USA), is temporarily restoring libraries’ ability to loan their e-books for’s Kindle — but only through the end of the year. The publisher backtracked Wednesday after saying it was informed by Inc. that the online retailer wasn’t aware […]

eBook Pricing Models

As part of CULC’s ongoing work around the topic of portable and downloadable eBook content, a working draft of some pricing models has been developed and shared with the CULC/CBUC members for input at the recent meetings in Surrey, BC. Still a member-only document, it will be accepting inputs soon and shared for further discussion. […]

CULC/CBUC White Paper on eBooks in Canadian Public Libraries

Christina de Castell (Vancouver Public Library) has developed this overview piece of the eBook issues that face Canadian Public Libraries. It is an educational/awareness piece and not policy per se. The document is broken into the following categories. Publishers and libraries need eBook models that make sense and maintain a strong book industry in Canada. […]

Public Lending Right/eBook Report Published

Earlier this spring former Vancouver City Librarian, Paul Whitney, was engaged by the Canada Council on behalf of the Public Lending Right Commission to carry out a study on eBooks. He sampled several CULC/CBUC members for their eBook statistics. The report has now been published:

HarperCollins instructs OverDrive and other library distribution platforms to limit circulation to 26 reads

OverDrive made the announcement on Friday. Here is the Library Journal story: “HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations” Reaction has been swift and, as expected from the library community, not supportive at all. CULC/CBUC has been working with various groups using the Vision Statement for Downloadable and Portable eContent as a guiding document. […]