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Beyond the Blocks Participant Handout

Presented at the 2014 Pacific Northwest Association of Church Libraries (PNACL) annual conference at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington.

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Beyond the Blocks Participant Handout

  1. 1. Beyond the Blocks: E-Books Ann Pool PNACL 2014 Conference Kirkland, WA Why e-books?  Obvious answer: they’re the wave of the future and young people like them  Go beyond the obvious: everything can be large print  Can help mitigate losing physical library space What are churches doing today?  Talking a lot about what is and isn’t possible!  Overdrive: see http://www.colleengreene.com/2014/01/14/investigating-overdrive-ebooks- audiobooks-for-a-church-library/ and links to Glenn McEowen’s reports from that page o Startup cost $4000, annual $2000 collection minimum o Libraries have formed consortia but those may no longer be encouraged  Amazon Kindle o One-time loan possible for some titles: see http://nccumc.org/mediacenter/kindle- ebooks/ o Load books on a Kindle and loan it: the newer Kindle Fire (but not older models) can be locked to prevent purchases, see http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/3/2997660/kindle- fire-update-password-protected-purchases-parental-controls  Working with public libraries o Requesting Christian books o Helping members use the library How can we get free e-books?  Review books in exchange for free copies: see http://thebluestockings.com/2009/05/5-ways-to- get-review-copies-of-books/ o Other sources: http://abovethetreeline.com/bloggerreviewermedia/ and https://www.netgalley.com/ o Connect interested church members with services o Preview books for later purchase o Caution: putting review copies in library collections is generally considered unethical, see http://www.stackedbooks.org/2013/06/all-about-arcs-ins-and-outs-of-using.html  Freely available books (mostly moldy oldies in the public domain) o Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page o LibriVox audiobooks: https://librivox.org/ o Open Library: https://openlibrary.org/
  2. 2. Another option: connect our readers with free e-books!  Find promotions at publishers and retailers o Christianbook.com: http://www.christianbook.com/page/ebooks/free-ebooks  Only get currently running promotions, no start or end dates  Some are samples or very short books  ePub format works on a variety of devices  Primarily Baker Publishing Group, other publishers as well o Bethany House (fiction): http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/bethanyhouse/ebook- specials-from-bethany-house  Includes future promotions and start/end dates  Links to a variety of retailers (some may not honor the promotion)  Variety of formats depending on what each retailer offers o Chosen Books (Holy Spirit focus): http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/chosen/new-ebook- specials-from-chosen-books  Includes future promotions and start/end dates  Links to a variety of retailers (some may not honor the promotion)  Variety of formats depending on what each retailer offers o BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/home/  Sign up to get deals from multiple retailers in one place  Only get currently running promotions, sometimes get end dates  Curated list, can be a timesaver if you like their selections  “Necessity may be the mother of invention, but laziness is the cool aunt.” –me  How-to video at https://www.youtube.com/user/girlwsquirrel/videos o Just Google free Christian e-books and see what’s out there!  Curate a collection for your church members o Preview and review books  If they’re free and you have time to read them, you’re set!  Amazon often lets you download the first chapter free  Online reviews  Reviews at e-commerce sites tend to be generous: my guideline is 4.5 of 5 stars to acquire a book (5 stars may mean they recruited loved ones)  Book lover sites like LibraryThing and Goodreads  Negative reviews may be the most useful to read: would you share the concerns?  Don’t forget the Lamplighter! o Provide a place for your members to find currently free e-books  Make a list on your website  Use Google Calendar to show what’s available when  How-to videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/girlwsquirrel/videos  Whatever you do, keep it updated!  Promote, promote, promote!
  3. 3. Contacts and References  Email: annpool@alumni.washington.edu  Church library website: http://crossandcrownrentonlibrary.blogspot.com  YouTube how-to videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/girlwsquirrel  My LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=6935388  Slides from this presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/AnnPool/beyond-the-blocks  This handout, complete with links: http://www.slideshare.net/AnnPool/beyond-the-blocks- handout

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