DPLA & Ebooks
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As part of its core mission of maximizing access to our shared culture, the Digital Public Library of America seeks to expand the availability of widely read ebooks for the general public. We have felt since DPLA’s inception that even with the extent of our ebook collection, we could be doing much more to connect the public, in more frictionless ways, with the books they wish to read. It is no secret that the current landscape for ebooks is rocky and in many ways inhospitable to libraries and readers. We plan to leverage our extensive connections to our nation’s libraries, and DPLA’s national network, to address this essential need.
Below are some of the ways DPLA is actively contributing to the ebook landscape.
Thanks to the generous funding of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, we are excited to facilitate ongoing and in-depth discussions about ebooks and their future, and what DPLA and our partners can do to help build a national strategy. DPLA looks to support other organizations working in this area, including Readers First, ASCLA Consortial Ebook Interest Group, The Power of Libraries, and ALA’s Digital Content Working Group. We support these groups in continuing discussions with publishers, authors, libraries, and the public about how to connect the maximal number of ebooks with the maximal number of readers.
Along with The New York Public Library, a leader in library technology and services, DPLA has been exploring avenues for a national digital platform that allows libraries to control the e-content experience. DPLA is a partner on two grants funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services which NYPL’s Library Simplified, serving as a community convener to help solicit feedback and build consensus from stakeholders: the Library E-content Access Project (LEAP) and SimplyE for Consortia. To learn more and to stay up-to-date on these grants, visit Library Simplified.