Vous avez probablement suivi les différents démêlés entre bibliothécaires et éditeurs outre-manche à propos des livres numériques. 2010 manifestement aura été l'année charnière sur ce sujet y compris en France avec les récentes discussions autour de la loi sur le prix unique du livre numérique... de la même façon que l'année précédente mettait en valeur Twitter et celle encore d'avant Facebook. Et oui, bloguer aujourd'hui paraît so 2005.

Quoiqu'il en soit, Steven harris revenant sur cet incident qui empêche tout prêt à distance de livre numérique, présente sur son blog Collections 2.0 un "Ebook in libraries manifesto" que je vous laisse découvrir :

Thus, I find that I must present this as my EBOOKS IN LIBRARIES MANIFESTO:

  1. The digital nature of ebooks offers great benefits that publishers and libraries should learn to exploit together.
  2. Clinging to practices that held sway in the physical book environment will be counterproductive to ebook uptake.
  3. Libraries will be as important to the uptake of ebook technology as marketing campaigns by publishers.
  4. Libraries must be allowed to distribute ebooks electronically to widely dispersed users.
  5. Libraries must be allowed to circulate an ebook to multiple users at a time.
  6. Authorized library users must be allowed to download an ebook to the device of their choosing, without being required to visit a physical library.
  7. Libraries are willing to implement some limit on the length of use of the downloaded ebook (DRM if you will). The library would not be giving away ownership of ebook files. Let the library select a limit that is best for its user population.
  8. Libraries are willing to adopt different pricing models for innovative digital services. Certainly, a multi-user ebook will be priced differently than a single print book. But the cost cannot be a factor of the total user population. Total actual use is a more realistic gauge of price. Libraries are willing pay more for heavily used materials. In turn, we would like to pay nothing for unused materials. Let us abandon “just in case” costs and focus on actual use. Digital makes that possible.
  9. Certainly, the copy-ability of ebooks could be a threat to publisher profits, but it is unlikely that such copying will be from library collections.
  10. Librarians are not pirates.