Monday, May 23, 2011
Next, I attended a FABULOUS session:
The E-Book Era is Now. What does it look like from the consumer perspective? And what do we do about it? Kelly Gallagher, General Manager, Business Intelligence, RR. Bowker, clearly articulated the growth and potential of the eBook market. In October, eBook sales grew by approximately 11%. Gallagher predicted that Amazon is getting more seriously into the content space and will soon break into the publishing stratosphere. Today's eBook *power buyer* is 66% female (compared to just 49% in 2009), with a household income of $77K, who reads mostly romance. 50% of all eBooks sold are fiction. 18% of these *power buyers* represent a whopping 61% of the total eBook purchases and most have a dedicated eReader.
What does this mean for libraries????
1. Libraries who are not purchasing eBooks need to do so, fast.
2. Ebook subscription services need to change to meet the needs of the library consumer.
3. Libraries need to have these same types of consumer studies that the publishers have
*Note* Bowker and Library Journal are partnering together to do this! Yay! Press Release slated to go out today.
4. Libraries need to become experts on the different types of eReader devices and provide options for patrons to try them out and be trained on how to use them.
5. Libraries need to have *video tutorials* on how to use their eBook subscription service for the FIRST time. Downloading the applications is often confusing, even for a tech savy individual.
6. Libraries and Consortiums should hire tech-savy teams to create better electronic delivery experiences with more options for social networking, eg. sharing recommendations with a friend etc.
None of this is necessarily "new" but it is certainly interesting to have been able to see the consumer market research driving next generation models. I highly recommend librarians to look beyond the "Bea Loves Librarians" program tracks to find the cutting edge research and technology. To find out more about consumer attitudes surveys and to suggest questions, contact Angela@BISG.org. If you need a great speaker to discuss current markets and predicting the future of ebooks, Kelly.Gallagher@bowker.com was great!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Selling Trade ebooks to Libraries: The Real Deal
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
11:00AM - 12:00PM
"In the last few years libraries have perceived a chilling effect in regard to trade ebook distribution models and library sales. Two of the ‘Big Six” publishers, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster do not sell ebooks to libraries. The new HarperCollins ‘26 Circs’ model via OverDrive has provoked anger in some and dismay in many. Librarians will discuss their ideas about how to transform ebook distribution models into a win/win for publishers, aggregators and library customers. These librarians will debunk the myths about libraries and ebooks How do libraries select ebooks? How can you facilitate sales via the library channel? What are the preferred terms of sale/lease, access models, etc.? Is piracy really a threat?"
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Last week I was at the Connecticut Library Association Conference, and I had many conversations about BEA! Folks are busy planning their agendas using the My BEA Show Planner, which also has a mobile app for last minute changes.
I will be posting daily highlights about events that come highly recommended from librarians. If you have a favorite program for me to write about (or would like to write about it!) please email me: email@example.com
Now, a highlight from Heather Baker, Head of Children's Services, Canton Public Library, endorsing the Speed Dating with Children's Authors Event. It was covered by NPR last year and more information can be found on the American Booksellers Association website.
"If you are attending [BEA] on Tuesday, this is my absolute favorite event...I know, you may have heard me gush about it before.
You leave with a pile of advanced copies and books, often signed by the authors, and you've MET all the authors before you leave! Truly a wonderful and incredibly memorable way to spend an hour and a half of your life."
Speed Dating With Children's Authors
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Rooms 1E09 and 1E10
Open to Booksellers, Librarians & Other Children's Book Professionals
Must reserve your spot in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, store, library, or company affiliation, store address (street, city, state, and zip), and email address.
Get to know 19 children's book creators up close and personal! Authors and illustrators will move from table to table, stopping for quick get-to-know-you chats. This is a fun and easy way to get up to "speed" on some of the latest and greatest projects of the season.
Scheduled to appear:
· David A. Adler, Mystery Math: A First Book of Algebra (Holiday House)
· Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Trial By Fire / Every Other Day (Egmont)
· Jane Hampton Cook, What Does the President Look Like? (Kane Miller)
· James Dashner, The Death Cure (Random House)
· Laura Lee Gulledge, Page By Paige (Abrams)
· Jeff Hirsch, The Eleventh Plague (Scholastic)
· Carrie Jones, After Obsession (Bloomsbury)
· Alan Katz, Mosquitoes Are Ruining My Summer; Me Me Mine; Poems I Wrote When No One Was Looking (Simon & Schuster)
· Jon Klassen, I Want My Hat Back (Candlewick)
· Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me (HarperCollins)
· Kate McMullan, Myth-o-Mania series (Capstone)
· Jennifer Roy, MindBlind (Marshall Cavendish)
· Marie Rutkoski, The Jewel of the Kalderash (Macmillan)
· Clete Smith, Aliens on Vacation (Disney)
· Ashley Spires, Binky Under Pressure (Kids Can)
· Susan Stockdale, Bring on the Birds (Peachtree)
· Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Little, Brown)
· Linda Urban, Hound Dog True (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
· Meg Wolitzer, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman (Penguin)
Did you learn about a new book last year or make a new connection with a children's author at the speed dating event? Tell me your story!