douglas county libraries

E-Books pit libraries against publishers, free against sales

By libertyc
August 7, 2013 // 8 Comments

A few pieces on the sometimes adversarial relationship between libraries and publishers when it comes to e-books have come to my attention. First, there’s this piece covering Cory Doctorow’s appearance at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago, complete with a four-minute [...]

Need Library E-Books to Feed Your New Gadget? Here's the Answer

By libertyc
January 1, 2013 // 10 Comments

If you can’t find the right library e-books for your new Kindle, Nook, iPad or other gizmo, you’re not alone. More than 100 patrons of the District of Columbia Public Library were lined up electronically today for 10 e-book copies of The Racketeer, John Grisham’s new novel about the murder [...]

New easy-to-use iOS app works with library-owned e-books and eliminates need for browser-based downloads

By libertyc
October 9, 2012 // 2 Comments

The innovative Douglas County Libraries system in Colorado has done it again—with the release of a new iOS app for iPads, iPhones and presumably Touches and the forthcoming iPad Mini. Significantly, the app makes it a snap to check out library books, without forcing you to download through a [...]

Bibliotheca to Begin Commercializing Douglas County Libraries eBook Model, Launching eBook Division

By libertyc
June 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

Biblotheca is a leading supplier of RFID services. Today, the company announced the launch a new ebook division that will be led by Monique Sendze, who was formerly the Associate Director of Information Technology at the Douglas County, CO Libraries. The new service is scheduled to launch at the [...]

Bibliotheca to support open source ebook model, by Sue Polanka

By libertyc
June 19, 2012 // 2 Comments

Douglas County Libraries makes the news again.  This time, as the motivation for Bibliotheca to adopt an open source platform for econtent delivery (  Here is more from the press release: Rotkreuz, Switzerland – Tuesday 19th June Bibliotheca, the leading global [...]

Douglas County Libraries in Colorado builds its own e-book lending system

By libertyc
May 11, 2012 // 1 Comment

BoingBoing has a brief but interesting piece from a representative of Douglas County Libraries in Colorado (which we mentioned in March), which has created its own e-book lending system by dealing directly with publishers, rather than relying on a third party such as Overdrive to mediate between [...]

Attn. DPLA! Pay attention to Colorado and California e-library bypasses of OverDrive & consider your own distribution

By libertyc
March 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

  No secret. LibraryCity wants libraries to take over OverDrive and slash middleman costs. And here’s a great twist—partial inspiration for this already exists. Douglas County Libraries in Colorado is dealing directly with some publishers. The system applies its own Adobe DRM even though [...]

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