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Old 07-14-2010, 01:34 PM   #31
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:28 PM   #32
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I think it'd be a hard case to make at this point, because unless you live where most people use e-readers, the library will still have to stock print books. For popular books, that means they'd have to stock the same titles in print and digital. That doesn't mean some won't, simply to serve a wider audience (as with books in other languages at some libraries). That wouldn't save money, though.

Thats what I was afraid of.
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Thats what I was afraid of.
The numbers will eventually shift, though. For instance, say you live in a town with 100,000 people who use the library. Say half start using e-readers. Maybe the town normally would buy two copies of a popular title. If half of the readers are on digital, the town could shift to buying one copy in print, one in digital, instead of two in print. Even if the digital and print versions cost the same, the digital version will last indefinitely. So you might argue savings. Of course, you might not make money from late fees if digital books are checked in automatically, lol.
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:15 PM   #34
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:22 PM   #35
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:46 AM   #36
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:39 AM   #37
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Looks like Cleveland has the most on offer followed by Seattle.

Anyone live in LA area that can look for us?
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:22 AM   #38
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0, I live in Australia so I guess the whole ebook thing hasn't taken over here, sigh. Anyone know of international libraries that lend out ebooks free(or small one time fee) over the internet?
I live in Australia too.
In NSW alone Overdrive lists:

Ashfield Public Library
Burwood Library
Campbelltown Library
City of Canada Bay Council
Marrickville Library Service
Penrith City Library Digital Media Collection
Randwick City Library Service
Strathfield Library
Sutherland Shire Libraries
The Hills Shire Library Service
Waverley Library
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:16 PM   #39
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I see others have mentioned the Buffalo & Erie County Library (NY), the Philly Free Library (PA) and the New York Public Library.

There's also

1) Queens Library (NY):
ePub: 536
PDF: 1350
Mobi: 337

2) Brooklyn Public Library (NY):

ePub: 3031
PDF: 3034
Mobi: 1903

3) Fairfax County Library (VA):

ePub: 824
PDF: 1892
Mobi: 269

* By the way - you can get a library card from Fairfax County Library by mailing in an application & $27 USD. It's good for one year. For the New York ones, although you can sign up online, you have to validate your card in person within a certain number of days.

4) And my very own local library - OWWL (Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming & Livingston county library system):
ePub: 49
PDF: 85

As they are "my" library - they are the first ones I check with and I always get books from them if they have them. They are building up their collection (very small library system) but are great. It's a money issue...

One of my favorite things is to open one of these library sites and select for a format (usually ePub) and have Overdrive show me only those fiction books that are available for checkout. Almost like wandering the shelves at the local library...

Browsing the library whilst at home! I like this e-stuff!

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Old 07-15-2010, 04:34 PM   #40
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:56 PM   #41
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Fiction: 3413
Nonfiction: 1383
Total: 4796

Pretty good selection if you ask me.
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:18 PM   #42
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The library where I am moving has none right now, but were just evaluated and told they are behind the times and "too print-centirc". They actually paid to have someone come in and write a 100 page evaluation of their system. Now some of the people in town are upset because 'libraries shouldn't change' and 'they have too many electronics in their lives'. I'm assuming that last one is talking of the children or patrons of the library. I hope they take the advice and start going digital, though I know it will take a while for it to happen.
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:20 PM   #43
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Recently, most new books are in the epub format. They have been getting 40-50 new ebooks a month, so numbers are going up quickly. Used to be just romance, now most bestsellers (if available).
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Here's a round-up of some of the SoCal libraries:

LA Public Library
epub: 3,127
pdf: 2,918
mobi:243
audiobooks: 6,364

County of LA Public Library
epub: 946
pdf: 289
mobi: 0
audiobooks: 2,704

San Diego County Public Library
epub: 676
pdf: 63
mobi: 0
audiobooks: 1,192

San Diego Public Library
epub: 481
pdf: 0
mobi: 0
audiobooks: 2,356

Orange County Public Library System
epub: 200
pdf: 0
mobi: 0
audiobooks: 3,496

Pasadena/Glendale Digital Library
epub: 42
pdf: 1,192
mobi: 0
audiobooks: 903

LAPL and CoLA pretty much have 95% of what I read - stuff that's on NYT bestseller lists. Both libraries are also active in reading purchase suggestions, and typically add books 1-2 weeks after I suggest them. Thanks to them, I haven't bought a book in months, and the waiting lists are still fairly reasonable.

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Also, any resident of CA can get a library card at any CA library - you just have to show up in person with ID. Next time I'm in Northern Cal, I may try to grab a card from San Francisco, which also has a large collection:

San Francisco Public Library
epub: 2,793
pdf: 1,389
mobi: 381
audiobooks: 1,979
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