Kapi-Mana News : January 3rd 2012
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By SIMON EDWARDS As people head for beaches and baches for summer, chances are fewer suitcases will be loaded down with paperbacks. And if bookworms haven t already got an eReader, maybe they re hoping that s what Santa will leave under the tree. So it s impeccable timing by a consortia of 45 public libraries around New Zealand to have launched a new on-line ebook borrowing service on December 12. Included in the deal with major international ebook com- pany Overdrive are all branches of the Hutt, Kapiti, Upper Hutt and Wairarapa library services. Last week a series of roadshows were held around these districts to give people a feel for navigating their way around various eReader devices and how to download ebooks. It was clear from initial turnouts that older readers are just as eager as the young for these portable, light and generally easy-to-use devices for reading digitised versions of traditional books. As one elderly participant noted, today s kids won t have to use a torch under the blanket for surreptitious midnight reading sessions when parents send them to bed; the digital type on eReader screens is backlit, or for those who prefer the look of a paper page, little clip-on lights can be bought. Hutt City Libraries Digital Services Manager Annette Beattie negotiated the national consortia agreement with Overdrive. It s the world s largest supplier of ebooks via public libraries, with some 11,000 libraries worldwide choos- ing their delivery model. They negotiate with pretty much every publisher in the world, Ms Beattie says. The ebook market is chang- ing at the moment, so the libraries wanted to partner an organisation with a proven track record. That s not to block libraries from looking at other vendors as they come along. I don t think any public libraries will be offering ebooks through one ven- dor. We ll end up having multiple ones, depending on what collections they offer. For example another vendor, Wheelers, concentrates on New Zealand published content. Over- drive is not so hot on that. Ms Beattie ended up at the fore- front of negotiations after finding Overdrive s quote for Hutt City Libraries alone was too dear. Back in December 2009 she happened to be speaking to Hauraki s library manager and he too had been quoted an unaffordable amount. They agreed a consortia to drive a better bargain was logi- cal. In the end, managers at 45 other libraries also signed on the dotted line. The last four or five months have been spent purchasing collec- tion titles, setting up and testing the technology. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch libraries were con- sidered by Overdrive to be too large to be considered for the deal; they ve had to negotiate separate arrangements. Ms Beattie says libraries in the lower North Island have pooled resources to buy their first wave of an on-line collection. They ve started off with a modest spend - around 700 ebooks and 100 eaudiobooks (for the blind and for people to play through android devices and the like) to see what the uptake is, what s popular. E-BORROWING To see what s available from the new ebook library service, you can do it from home or visit your local public library and use its computer. Visit the website www.epuka- puka.org.nz (which can also be accessed through www.lib- rary.huttcity.govt.nz). Browse the catalogue, just as you would for a book at the library, and make your selection. Downloading (it comes through Overdrive s massive database in Ohio, Cleveland, US) will be as fast as your internet connection: with broadband, just a few seconds; if you re on dial-up, you ll be finger tapping for a while. Best of all it s free. You ve got the ebook for a fortnight, before it will auto- matically delete from your eReader. Frustrating if you ve only got a few pages to go (just borrow again!) but then you ll never have to worry about over- due fines. Annette Beattie says the free- to-the-user service is so simple it will be easy for people to download ebooks from favourite authors. COMPATIBILITY The libraries Overdrive system for borrowing ebooks is suitable for eReaders such as Kobo and Sony, as well as iPad2s, android devices and many laptops. But it won t work with Amazon Kindle for now. Kindle devices have been around since 2005 but it was only last year that Overdrive and Amazon reached an agreement that enabled Kindle users to borrow ebooks from United States public libraries.
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