Sunday, June 27, 2010

Will the eReader Price Wars Help Libraries?
By Jason Boog on GalleyCat, Jun 25, 2010

Will the rapidly dropping prices for eReaders make it easier for libraries to purchase eBooks and eBook devices? Just in time for the American Library Association conference this weekend, one librarian addressed the issue.

In a long eBookNewser interview, Amy Chow, the vice president of the Hudson Valley Library Association and the head librarian at The Brearley School in New York City talked about eBooks and libraries.

Here's an excerpt, as Chow (pictured) addressed the pricing question: "eBook readers are still big ticket items. Considering all the materials and formats a school library collects and/or makes accessible -- books, periodicals, online subscriptions to databases, multi-media content -- it is sometimes difficult to justify the purchase of such an expensive device, comparatively speaking, that has such limited usage. Only one person can use an eReader at a time."

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