Friday, January 16, 2004

eBooks in Public Libraries Conf., NYC, March 16

Because PDAs seem to be a major platform for reading ebooks, and because most or all new PDAs come with at least one ebook reader software program preloaded, the following conference announcement may be of interest to readers of this blog:

On Tuesday, March 16, the Open eBook Forum will hold a conference focused on ebooks and public libraries. It will be held from 8:15 to 5:30 in the McGraw-Hill auditorium at 1221 Avenue of the Americas. The conference website is at eBooks in the Public Library Conference.

The registration fee is $79, which includes breakfast and lunch. Earlier today I heard that less than 100 seats of the 325-seat auditorium remain. If you plan to attend, you may want to register pronto.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am serving as a volunteer on the conference advisory committee, and I will moderate the afternoon session of pricing models.

I have found conferences of this type to be good opportunities for librarians, publishers, ebook vendors, technologists, and library consortia leaders to discuss the issues and opportunities related to ebooks, libraries, and library users.

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