Six speakers, all from different countries, shared the key issues surrounding eBooks and eLending in their regions on Monday’s all day eBook session.
Publishers and authors are generally concerned with the impact of libraries’ eBook circulation and their financial viability. Klaus-Peter Böttger from European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) shared a recent case where Dutch libraries went to court to make sure they can lend eBooks. Margaret Allen shared that Australians are generally unhappy with the lack of Australian content and bestsellers’ availability. Keith Fiels of the American Library Association (ALA) covered author concerns on control of works, libraries’ impact on sales and ALA’s positive engagement with the big six (now five) publishers.