Feeds

Aga-saga doyenne ponders how to put ebooks in public libraries

Like vicars'-wives-and-their-problems stories? Got slab?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The UK's Department for Culture, Media and Sport has launched a panel to figure out how to get ebooks into public libraries in the country.

Publisher William Sieghart will lead the panel of experts, which will also include Society of Chief Librarians president Janene Cox and popular UK author Joanna Trollope, who doesn't appear to be a fan of the digital tomes.

"E-lending is currently in its infancy but growing fast," Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said in a canned statement. "Just as e-readers are transforming the way people access books, e-lending could help transform the way people use libraries."

The panel will be looking into the benefits of e-lending; the current and future demand; and the consequences for libraries, publishers and the public. It is expected to report its findings in January next year.

E-lending is a great idea in theory, but no one seems sure in which format or formats the books should be made available or how the authors or publishers should be paid.

As Google's adventures have proved, both authors and publishers are concerned that the ebook revolution could rob them of their hard-earned dues. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst
Big weekend queues only represent fruity firm's supply
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes
'I certainly never expected to become rich ... this is surreal'
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper
Stand down, FTC... you can put your feet up for a bit
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.