Welcome to Evoke!

Featured

Here’s our idea: libraries need to learn how to manage several emerging channels of digital content. We’re doing that in Colorado. At this site, you’ll find all the tools and aids we developed to help ourselves. Everything we have — from legal framework to information architecture to the list of our publishing partners to the open source code that makes it all work — is freely offered to the library community. We firmly believe that this is the most exciting time in the history of our profession. We also believe that librarians should be significant players in this revolution. Worth reading: Colorado’s eBook Manifesto, a document produced to orient you to our state’s ebook environment. Continue reading

Further thoughts regarding the E-book comparison spreadsheet for August, 2014

Submitted by Jamie LaRue, LaRue & Associates

As my colleagues at Douglas County Libraries have called to my attention, the DCL report has thus far mostly illuminated the difference between what libraries and consumers pay for ebooks. As this report, again, alas, makes clear, that staggering inequity continues.

But now let’s look at what’s happening with print. Once, we could rely upon a 40-45% discount on the consumer retail price.

One of the most powerful economic arguments on behalf of libraries is that we are, or were, a demonstrably effective cooperative purchasing agreement. Volume purchases deserve volume discounts. Of course, the purchasing power of Amazon now dwarfs that of even the Big Five publishers. Let me say that again: the gorilla in the room is NOT the Big Five. It is Amazon. Amazon’s presence and power is just as disruptive with print as it has been with ebooks.

So now, supply chains on both sides of the collection development spreadsheet – print and digital – seem dated and dim. For us, anyhow.

Vendors, it’s time to step up your game. If libraries can’t make the economic case for our business model, how can you?