The independent panel appointed to review e-book e-lending has issued a call for evidence to be submitted to the panel. You can read the questions they are considering and watch/listen to author Joanna Trollope discuss the panel’s work on the DCMS website.
The areas under discussion are:
“1. The benefits of e-lending.
2. The current level and nature of demand for e-lending in English libraries, along with a projection of future demand. For example, will e-lending be in addition to traditional borrowing of print books, or is it likely to transform the way in which library users access services? What is the demand for downloading e-books remotely, that is, away from library premises? To what extent do owners of e-readers value public e-lending above what is freely or commercially available elsewhere?
3. Current supply models, barriers to the supply of e-books to libraries, and likely future trends.
4. Systems for remunerating authors / publishers for e-lending.
5. The impact of e-lending on publishers and their business models.
6. Any unforeseen consequences of e-lending. For example, the impact on those who cannot keep up with technology, the likely long-term impact on the model of highly localised physical library premises, skills requirements for librarians, etc.”
Those who are eagle-eyed will see it makes reference to England (because libraries are a devolved matter). Despite this, the panel are open to evidence from all interested bodies, so the library sector from Wales is welcome to respond. The CyMAL division of the Welsh Government will be making a response.
To submit evidence to the panel, email E-Lending@culture.gov.uk before 5pm on Tuesday 6 November 2012.
The original press release with more information and notes on who is on the panel can be found here.