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Purpose: Provides a regular forum for discussion and to meet at Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings. Core represents a large segment of libraries and can be influential with publishers and vendors to benefit libraries and library users as the ebook landscape evolves. Core welcomes any type of library or library agency, as well as consortia, to join this group.

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  • 1.  Good paper on how digital has changed ownership

    Posted Jul 18, 2023 12:18 PM

    Hi all,


    I haven't had a chance to review this paper in depth fully yet, but I'm impressed with it so far.


    "Something happened when we shifted to digital formats that created a loss of rights for readers. Pulling back the curtain on the evolution of ebooks offers some clarity to how the shift to digital left ownership behind in the analog world."


    This is of course the issue we have been working on with state laws:  how do we maintain collections when license terms are often unsustainable?


    What do you think?




    Oh, I'll be chair of the CORE Ebooks Interest Group in the next year. Hope you don't object! Would anyone like to be co-chair? I'll try to post news more often.


    Michael Blackwell

    Director, St Mary's County Library

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  • 2.  RE: Good paper on how digital has changed ownership

    Posted Jul 19, 2023 07:58 PM

    Hi Michael, et al,

    I agree it's an excellent paper summarizing the current state of the eBook market, and especially the issue of ownership vs. licensing. It's a mammoth paper; took me about 3 hours to read the whole thing!

    And thanks, Michael, for continuing to serve as our CORE Ebooks Interest Group chair for another year! Much appreciated!

    Will Stuivenga
    Cooperative Projects Manager
    Washington State Library