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RE: Ebooks in libraries


I'm really puzzled by your final comments - "publishers are still 
grappling with how to make e-books available to libraries. Who 
will be the first to cut the knot?".

We, along with many other publishers ranging from Elsevier and 
Springer to OUP, the World Bank and even World Tourism 
Organisation, have successfully grappled, cut the knot and have 
ebooks available for libraries, including all front list titles 
and many backlist too (in our case, we've got everything back to 
1998 in e-book form, around 5,000 titles in all).

Have I missed something?

Toby Green
Head of Publishing
Public Affairs & Communications Directorate
75775 Paris Cedex 16

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu [mailto:owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu]
On Behalf Of Joseph Esposito
Sent: 28 October, 2010 1:14 AM
To: Liblicense-L@Lists. Yale. Edu
Subject: Ebooks in libraries

There is an excellent PowerPoint presentation by Jim Michalko of 
OCLC on ebooks in libraries.  This requires a download:


The theme is the switch from print to digital books. Unaddressed 
is "the great disconnect":  though all the publishers cited here 
claim that they will shortly have ALL their books in digital 
form, publishers are still grappling with how to make ebooks 
available to libraries.  Who will be the first to cut the knot?

Joe Esposito