Saturday, January 29, 2011
Daily Thoughts 1/29/2011
There are piles of snow everywhere outside. I had to dig my car out. Anyways, back to books. I have been reading http://www.teleread.com The site has a section on libraries in the top menu bars. I am gathering more ideas about how important ebooks are to libraries. I also read some of No Shelf Required which is about digital content in the library setting. http://www.libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired/
What perturbs me sometimes when I read about ebooks is the almost total lack of conversation about digital music. There are far fewer services for digital music in libraries than bookstores. I have wondered when the amount of digital music available to libraries will increase. I see an increase in book applications, but very little movement towards enhanced ebooks with music. This would be a tremendous combination. Books on musicians with digital music would be a very good idea.
There are other ideas which have come up. How would you lend a book application in a library setting. Libraries already have tremendous problems with lending computer programs. Book applications are basically computer programs. I think it would have to become more device focused. You might want to lend an Ipad with a set of applications on it. Eventually there will be tablets affordable enough for this. It is something which librarians should be thinking about. I would like to be able to lend Ipads with book applications on them. We already have laptops that are used inside our library.