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Monday, 1st February 2010

The iPad and Libraries

In a post on Library 1.5, "iPad and libraries some thoughts," Scandinavian librarian, Thomas Brevik, writes about what he thinks the the new device will mean for libraries when they first hit the streets and then later on.

Here are just a couple of blurbs from the complete post.

For libraries the iPad will have little immediate impact. What it probably will do, if it is a hit in the marketplace, is that it will fuel reader demand for e-books. I predict that it will be a slow development, but maybe too fast for many librarians. When the demand for e-books is for Nora Roberts latest romance novel, rather than some science fiction blockbuster or main stream popular science non-fiction, and the person wanting the e-book is the harassed mother with three kids running around her at the library desk, then e-books will have arrived in the library.

For libraries there are two main challenges:

1. How do we get content from the library to the iPad and similar devices, and can libraries use iBook or the AppStore as a delivery method?

2. Will the iPad and iPad like devices change the media habits of readers?

Brevik answers these questions and has several more interesting comments in the complete post.

Source: Library 1.5

Hat Tip: TeleRead


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