The good news is that there has been some
progress. All of the “Big Six”
publishers are now engaged in library e-lending pilot programs or provide at
least some of their titles for purchase by libraries. (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin,
Random House and Simon & Shuster are called the “Big Six” because they
control about two thirds of the U.S. consumer book publishing market. With proposed mergers in the works, the
number of publishing houses could drop to four.)
While any progress is welcome, there still
are too many restrictions. For example,
Simon & Schuster still denies to libraries their popular e-book titles such
as “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin and “Bruce,” the biography of Bruce
Springsteen by Peter Ames Carlin. Other
examples: Macmillan won’t allow libraries to buy “Killing Kennedy” by Bill
O’Reilly, and Penguin has a one-year expiration date on e-books like “The Help”
by Kathryn Stockett. Hachette will now
offer all its e-book titles to libraries – but at three times the highest price
of any edition then in print.
HarperCollins and Random House let their e-book titles circulate only 26
times before the license expires.
These are complex and contentious issues.
Libraries argue that they play a vital role
in advancing literacy in a society where bookstores disappear every day while
the number of books available to read has grown dramatically. At the heart of
the struggle is whether libraries increase book sales or cannibalize them.
Publishers say that library e-books hurt
their sales because it is so easy and inexpensive (read: free) to borrow them
from libraries. They say e-books don’t
wear out and patrons can even borrow them without visiting the physical
Libraries counter that sometimes they buy
duds and, unlike Amazon and bookstores, they pay up front and are not permitted
to return such mistakes. They say that
while bestsellers probably are cannibalized, libraries help the sales of new
authors and older titles, thus benefiting unknown authors, publishers and
Clearly, e-books present new and difficult
issues for both libraries and publishers.
We hope the situation can be resolved to everyone’s benefit. But at least some progress is being made.
Book sale next weekend
The Friends of the
Library’s annual book sale takes place August 16 and 17 at the Centerpoint
Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive in the
Aspen Village Center south of Hwy 160 (note new location). Friday, August 16 is the Friends of the
Library short annual meeting, potluck and preview sale from 6 – 9 p.m. The sale opens to the public on Saturday,
August 17 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. This
event is a great deal for you and for the library: You get hard cover and paperback books,
videos, CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices, and the library benefits
from this hugely important fundraising event for us. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to join the
Friends of the Library, which you can do at the door on Friday evening. Individual membership is $15, family
membership is $25 and lifetime membership is $100 per person.
Free tech programs
Meg Wempe is
available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon
Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join
her for one-on-one informal help on your computer or tablet issues. More formal sessions requiring advance
registration are Auto Repair Online Resources on Monday, August 12 from 12:30-2:30
p.m. about free resources to help you repair a troublesome motor in a lawn
mower, snowmobile or ATV; and Facebook Basics for Individuals (not businesses)
on Wednesday, August 14 and Monday, August 19 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Free teen programs
Wednesday from 3 – 4:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games) and
Card Battles, starting with Pokemon Card Battles, but you are welcome to bring
other trading card battle games. Snacks
Adult trivia time
knowledge against other adults and win prizes at this free, fun session next
Thursday, August 15 at 6 p.m.
Zoe Groulx hosts
Wise Traditions on the second Saturday of every month, with lectures and
discussions on dietary needs, agriculture, medical traditions and more. The next session is this Saturday, August 10
from 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Help with math
We have seven new
books to help hone your math skills:
“Pre-Calculus for Dummies/second edition” by Yang Kuang and Elleyne
Kase, “Calculus for Dummies” by Mark Ryan, “Algebra I for Dummies” and “Algebra
II for Dummies” by Mary Jane Sterling, “College Algebra Demystified/second
edition” by Rhonda Huettenmueller, “Trigonometry Demystified/second edition” by
Stan Gibilisco and “Trigonomentry for Dummies” by Mary Jane Sterling.
“The Horses” by
Bill Brooks is a western featuring Jim Glass.
“Smarty Bones” by Carolyn Haines is a Sarah Booth Delaney mystery. “When Hell Came to Texas” is a western by
Robert Vaughan. “Butch Cassidy: The Lost
Years” is a western by William W. and J.A. Johnstone.
Books on CD
“Hunting Eve” by
Iris Johansen features forensic sculptor Eve Duncan. “Beautiful Day” by Elin Hilderbrand explores
the troubles and complexities of a family at a wedding. “Bomb Shell” by Catherine Coulter is the
latest in the FBI series featuring Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock.
Mysteries and thrillers
“The Widow’s Strike” by Brad Taylor is the
fourth book in the Pike Logan thriller series.
“The English Girl” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the mystery series
featuring Gabriel Allon. “The Curiosity”
by Stephen P. Kiernan is a thriller about a man buried deep in Arctic ice found
and brought back to life. “Please Don’t
Tell” by Elizabeth Adler follows a mysterious stranger who may or may not be a
serial killer. “Stranded” by Alex Kava
is the latest thriller featuring special agent Maggie O’Dell.
Other new novels
“Big Girl Panties”
is a romantic comedy by Stephanie Evanovich.
“Freud’s Mistress” by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman is set in
turn-of-the-century Vienna. “Finding
Colin Firth” by Mia March is about three women connected in secret yet
Loaded” is a new Disney comedy adventure.
“The Adventures of Black Stallion” is covers season one, volume
one. “Gone Fishin’” stars Danny Glover
and Joe Pesci. “What About Bob?” is a
comdy starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. “School of Rock” is a comedy starring Jack
Black. “Little Miss Sunshine” is about
an endearing fractured family. “42” is
the life story of Jackie Robinson. “The
Never List” by Koethi Zan is about the aftermath of a gruesome kidnapping.
Thanks to our donors
For books and
materials this week, we thank Medora Bass, Bob and Carole Howard, Jack Latson,
Amy Persson, Jeanette Pike and Catherine Williams.
“It is the nature of man to rise to
greatness if greatness is expected of him.” – John Steinbeck (1902-1968),
American Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning author.
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