One of the cool things I learned last week at the Canadian Association of Law Libraries annual conference was that there are ebooks and also EBOOKS. Wendy Reynolds, Manager, Library Client Services, Legislative Library of Ontario, Helen Clarke, Associate Vice-Provost Collections, Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary, and Jeffrey Miller, President, Irwin Law spoke to attendees at a session titled "If eBooks are the Medium, What's the Message?".
Connie Crosby moderated this panel which included a discussion of various ereader devices – along with a show and tell of some favourite gadgets. Some themes that emerged from the session:
- knowing what you own when you rely on a vendor's list of what you bought when you change hardware
- users of ebooks at libraries want Content to put on their Own devices
- individuals have a personal relationship with their hardware, perhaps because the functionality of the text and the device can inter-relate
- eBooks need to be device agnostic
- Standards for epublishing would be a good idea
- users have a different perception of value for an ebook vs a print book