This week’s discussion is focused on Web 2.0 and how it affects libraries. Of particular interest this week was the folksonomies created by tagging. One cannot go anywhere on the internet without seeing tagged content. I add tags to this blog that I think are relevant, but in many spaces users/readers are tagging the content that they find. Although I am not a tagger, nor do I participate in any social media, one site I do love for its tagging is LibraryThing, a wonderful Library 2.0 tool. Many times I run out of authors to read, and because I am a member of LibraryThing, I can sign in and click on a book in my library and find recommendations, both from the site itself and it algorithms as well as from other users. LibraryThing like other recommender systems aggregates the data from its users in order to make recommendations. If you have an Amazon account, you know what this is. If you like, then you may like . . . Library user data if used can be very helpful in the library when readers would like to find something similar to what they know they enjoy, making books selection an easier task.
Speaking of books, we also read about ebooks. Last year for the first time ebook sales surpassed print sales. Readers are falling in love with their Kindles, Nooks, iPads, etc. Availability of titles from Amazon or Barnes and Noble has allowed ereading to skyrocket. Libraries are doing their best to keep up with the ereader phenomenon, but unfortunately, costs and title availability from the publishers are preventing library patrons to have access to the titles they may most want. The following link exhibits how most best sellers are not being offered by their publishers to libraries and if they are, the exorbitant cost of these titles. In order for library users to be satisfied with the available etitles, publishers and libraries are going to have to find common ground. PDF of the Top Twenty Bestsellers and Their Availability
Interesting articles relating to ebooks:
AAP Reports US eBook Sales Up 46% in 2012, Now Well Over a Fifth of US Book Market
The Big 6 – eBooks in Libraries
21 Book Publishing Predictions for 2013: Indie Ebook Authors Take Charge
Libraries Can’t Buy Many of Amazon’s Ebook Hits: January 2013 Ebook Report from DCL
ALA applauds Macmillan Publishers’ entry into library market