Ebooks briefings and statements


A briefing paper that sets out some of the legal, strategic and technical problems that arise from the addition of ebooks to public library collections, together with possible solutions.

(October 2014)

Key points

The briefing covers:

  • Brief history of ebooks.
  • Ebook market.
  • Usage surveys.
  • Challenges.
  • Solutions and next steps.

A short version in also provided.



A briefing outlining some of the commercial subscription services currently on offer.  It considers the implication for library elending.

(October 2014)

An overview of subscription services, including:

  • Amazon Unlimited
  • Oyster
  • Scribd
  • Entitle
  • Sproukin
  • Blinkboxbooks
  • Total Boox

The added value of library elending is also considered.