"What if libraries could offer their books only through locations outsourced to for-profit vendors? And what if patrons had to go to different locations to find the collections purchased from each vendor?
Then, before reading, what if users had to navigate a complex registration process that could take well over an hour and create user accounts with the for-profit providers, who then try to sell them books while they browse for something to borrow?"
These provocative questions begin "Click, Click, Read," an article in American Libraries. James English and Micah May discuss Library Simplified, a library-owned delivery channel that promises to streamline how readers get eBooks from their libraries. If readers could get content from their libraries directly from their library from different eBook vendors in three clicks or less, they argue, the library eBook experience would be enhanced.
The article is very much worth a read. Check it out here.
ReadersFirst looks forward to the growth of Library Simplified and encourages all libraries to consider improving their readers' eBook experience by use of it.
Note: Micah May and James English are members of the ReadersFirst Working Group but did not write or encourage this post.
Michael Blackwell for the Readers First Working Group