[A2k] Thought leaders in Latvia: libraries and e-books

Teresa Hackett teresa.hackett at eifl.net
Sun Jun 23 23:48:03 PDT 2013

"Libraries were recognized by the general public as progressive
institutions embracing technological progress".

Thought leaders in Latvia: libraries and e-books

The introduction of e-books in libraries is proving to be something of
a challenge with thorny technical, pricing and legal issues to
overcome. In Latvia, a Baltic state with a population of just over two
million, the e-book market is just emerging with an estimated 400
e-book titles. So far, little interest has been shown in e-book
services by libraries for a variety of reasons, not least a lack of
understanding by librarians and publishers about the legal framework
for e-lending. However, as the number of e-book titles in Latvia is
sure to grow, and demand for e-books in libraries will increase, it is
imperative to raise awareness of the issues now, identify problems and
reach agreement on a sound legal framework so that libraries are ready
when the market has developed.

Read how the project team at the National Library of Latvia approached
the issue, what was achieved and what lessons were learnt, as the
experience is likely to resonate with libraries in other countries,
especially those in smaller language markets.

Read the case study from Latvia, the eighth and final in this series
of case studies with the results of advocacy campaigns in support of
copyright law reform in EIFL partner countries,

Read about the other advocacy campaigns,

Teresa Hackett
EIFL-IP Programme Manager

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