ALA Releases Ebook Report for Libraries, Delivers Recommendations

Aug 13, 2012

The American Library Association (ALA) released a report which summarizes current business models for library ebook acquisition, according to Digital Book World. With this report, the ALA recommends new standards and structures to go along with ebook acquisitions and concludes that ebook publishing is growing and evolving at a very rapid pace, making it difficult for libraries to keep pace.

The ALA has three main recommendations. The first is the inclusion of all titles, giving library users the same access to books as book stores. Second is for libraries to have the option to own the ebooks they purchase. Third, libraries need access to metadata and management tools provided by publishers to enhance discovery. The full report can be downloaded at the ALA website.