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Old 11-13-2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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Alachua County library discontinues ecard

Got an email that as of November 30th my ecard will no longer work. This is disappointing because my local library has HUGE wait times for ebooks and I often got must read items much faster through Alachua. And now with the Philadelphia Free Library raising thier costs it might be more than we can swing this year. So back to waiting lists of over 50 people for just about every book I want to read. I am thankful that I had Alachua for awhile and I hope eventually publishers get more reasonable with their ebook library lending requirements.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:25 AM   #2
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That's disappointing. The wait times at Philly Free are getting longer - even with their huge catalog. One less open library will probably make it even worse. Philly's enrollment fee had gone up to $35 when I renewed last spring - I hope it hasn't gone up even further!
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:59 AM   #3
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Oh, no! I use Alachua for virtually all my elibrary books. My two local options have nothing worth reading. Alachua has been wonderful; good selection, relatively short waits. I don't mind paying $35 for Philly as it will be value received, but I hate the thought of those waiting lists.

This is bad news indeed. What with limited library options and agency pricing, I can see myself being forced back to pbooks. I still read them in any case, but I may have to start rationing my ebooks to situations where portability counts. Dang!
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:16 PM   #4
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That's disappointing. The wait times at Philly Free are getting longer - even with their huge catalog. One less open library will probably make it even worse. Philly's enrollment fee had gone up to $35 when I renewed last spring - I hope it hasn't gone up even further!
Don't know if everyone is aware, but if you are over 65 you can get the Philly card free. I signed my husband up.

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Old 11-13-2011, 06:18 PM   #5
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I had thought the publishers were pushing to restrict access to Overdrive books to patrons in a library's geographical service area ONLY?
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:06 PM   #6
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This has nothing to do with that. you can still use their overdrive access, but now you have to go to the library and get a card and pay an out of state user fee.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:21 AM   #7
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I don't belong to Philly but I know our wait lists are getting up there too.

I really don't find it too bad as long as I check the site at least daily for new additions. That way I'm near the top of the list for nearly any book I want.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:55 AM   #8
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I wonder if there's any local backlash in any of these communities. I know if my local library permitted basically everyone to use its e-books, I would object.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:58 AM   #9
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I wonder if there's any local backlash in any of these communities. I know if my local library permitted basically everyone to use its e-books, I would object.
Alachua is my local library and I had no idea until this thread that non-locals were using it. I figured neighboring counties, since they offer nothing, but surprised to hear about out of state users.
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I'm a FL resident so I won't be affected too much. Anyone living in Florida can get an Alachua County library card free of charge. I'll make plans to stop by the library the next time I'm in that area.

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Old 11-14-2011, 12:20 PM   #11
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I wonder if there's any local backlash in any of these communities. I know if my local library permitted basically everyone to use its e-books, I would object.
Agreed. Local libraries should just be for the local residents.
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:20 PM   #12
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Hmmm, I have their e-card and didn't get an email. I signed up when someone posted the details back in the spring.

I think I've checked out 5 books in that time (compared to the 60+ I've checked out from my 2 local/regional libraries). One of the things I liked about Alachua was that they made the effort to purchase ALL of a series. My libraries seem to cherry pick :P

And I can definitely understand local residents being upset if hold times got long. I did just check out a backlist title by a popular author who has a new book out, and didn't see a huge wait on any of her books at Alachua, compared to a huge wait at eNYPL and Buffalo, so I'm not sure they're getting a heavy traffic volume, anyway.
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Have you requested the rest of the series (if available)?
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Agreed. Local libraries should just be for the local residents.
If the users are paying for the card, what's the problem? If its an issue of the service not being valued properly (i.e. membership is too cheap), that can be taken care of.
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