ReadersFirst A Guide to Library E-book Vendors

In January 2014 ReadersFirst published, A Guide to Library E-Book Vendors which is available for free.   The guide will be particularly useful to those libraries that do not as yet offer eBooks to their communities and libraries contemplating expanding their existing offerings.  eBook vendors are objectively rated in accordance to the key principals advocated by the ReadersFirst coalition. 
 
ReadersFirst calls upon publishers and e-book vendors to observe four key principles to enhance the library e-book reading experience, allowing readers to:
 
  • Search one comprehensive catalog to access all of a library’s offerings
  • Place holds, check out and renew items, view availability, manage fines, and receive communications within the single source the library has determined will serve their users best (website, catalog, or other)
  • Seamlessly enjoy a variety of e-content
  • Download e-books that are compatible with all reading devices

For more information on the ReadersFirst coalition and other advocacy groups please refer to the Advocacy section of the eLending Portal.