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Borrowing ebooks from a library (infographic)
Libraries are access points to ebooks for many communities. The only problem is that borrowing ebooks is still too complicated.
If I had to name one reason that keeps readers away from ebooks, it is technological complexity.
Libraries are the places to make complicated things simple, but when it comes to ebooks, the task is tougher than anything else.
To offer ebooks to their patrons, libraries band together with companies that specialize in providing digital content. Companies like OverDrive or 3M Cloud Library offer not only ebooks, but also the technology that lets patrons borrow and read them.
The problem is that no ebook vendor offers the service versatile enough to meet all the requirements. Therefore, libraries try to cooperate with more than one provider – and it’s where it gets really tough.
Patrons have to search through several different vendor catalogs and interfaces to find their material, not to mention find it in a compatible format for their device.
It’s not surprising that while 72% of parents want their children to read more ebooks, only a tiny percent of patrons have checked out an ebook from a library.
Library Simplified is a project aiming at breaking down technological barriers to library use. The new infographic is highlighting the major challenge libraries and ebook vendors face in the nearest future: poor user experience.
The goal is simple: to make checking out and reading ebooks as close to print books as possible. There is a lot to be done.
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About Ola Kowalczyk
As a frequent visitor of her favorite local library, Ola is particularly interested in how books and libraries evolve in the digital age. Ebooks, print, audiobooks – for her, all books are equal.
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
by Suzanne Collins
Part 1: The Mentor
Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again. But this was not that day. He needed to eat a large bowl of the anemic stuff, and drink every drop of broth, to prevent his stomach from growling during the reaping ceremony. It was one of a long list of precautions he took to mask the fact that his family, despite residing in the penthouse of the Capitol’s most opulent apartment building, was as poor as district scum. That at eighteen, the heir to the once-great house of Snow had nothing to live on but his wits.
His shirt for the reaping was worrying him. He had an acceptable pair of dark dress pants bought on the black market last year, but the shirt was what people looked at. Fortunately, the Academy provided the uniforms it required for daily use. For today’s ceremony, however, students were instructed to be dressed fashionably but with the solemnity the occasion dictated. Tigris had said to trust her, and he did. Only his cousin’s cleverness with a needle had saved him so far. Still, he couldn’t expect miracles.
The shirt they’d dug from the back of the wardrobe—his father’s, from better days—was stained and yellowed with age, half the buttons missing, a cigarette burn on one cuff. Too damaged to sell in even the worst of times, and this was to be his reaping shirt? This morning he had gone to her room at daybreak, only to find both his cousin and the shirt missing. Not a good sign. Had Tigris given up on the old thing and braved the black market in some last-ditch effort to find him proper clothing? And what on earth would she possess worth trading for it? Only one thing—herself—and the house of Snow had not yet fallen that far. Or was it falling now as he salted the cabbage?
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