A quick insight into the e-audio market

Its Day 10 of the 30 blog posts in 30 days challenge and today I attended a seminar on downloadables. Organised by the ICT Special Interest Group of the Public Libraries Victoria Network (of which I am a part), it was intended to show ICT staff what Collections librarians will be asking them to implement in the not too distant future.

I have taken notes which I will post tomorrow, but for now some things that were talked about in the panel got me thinking and I thought I’d ponder them here first.

Only a few Victorian public libraries have offered downloadable ebooks to their users, but now that vendors are expanding their offerings into eaudio books and more vendors are coming into the market, there is a lot more interest in these collections and services.  My library service will be starting with our first eaudio collection in coming weeks and we are not the first in Victoria, nor will we be the last.

What was interesting was the prediction (pretty right on too I would say), that it is quite likely that eventually we will be offering ebook/eaudio content from a number of different vendors, in a similar vein to our database offerings. And we are still struggling to make that sort of interface seamless to our users.

So basically, if we don’t get our acts together soon, the issue we have now with our databases, will just be magnified all the more. Will discovery layers solve the issue? From what I’ve seen so far, they are still not the perfect setup for public libraries.

Still, we have to do something before it all becomes virtually too unmanageable (pardon the pun!)