Stephen Abram has written a good post that looks at the world of ebook readers (KIndles and iPads) and academic libraries. The jury is till way out on what ebooks really mean for libraries (academic or public), and in today’s economic climate it’s not something most libraries can invest in, but it’s still worth reading what the early adopters think of the new devices, just to stay current.
Barnes & Noble recently opened the (virtual) doors of their eBook Store. Is this new player a Kindle-killer? Is it a library-killer? It’s too soon to tell, but in their latest podcast, George & Joan do see implications for libraries. As Joan points out, the former conversation was about the container (the iPod, the Kindle, etc) – the B&N eBook Store makes it about the content, getting it fast however you want it. How can libraries cope? Listen and learn!