Libros digitales para todos/eBooks for Everybody
12% of U.S. adults currently own an e-reader; Hispanics are the largest demographic in that group with 15% owning an e-reader. Though there are many Spanish-language options available for this reading community, mainstream offerings still cater to a largely English language community. Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL), as part of its efforts to move beyond page image presentation of library content, is making a focused effort to bring quality, scholarly and other materials in Spanish to the e-reading community. With a grass-roots effort to identify appropriate materials, SIL hopes to build a space where there are "Libros digitales para todos".
Martin R. Kalfatovic is the Associate Director, Digital Services Division at Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The Digital Services Division oversees the Libraries’ digitization efforts, which include digital editions and collections, online exhibitions, and other website content. Current projects include work on metadata, standards, and intellectual property issues. As the Deputy Program Director for the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), a consortium of twelve US and UK natural history and botanical garden libraries, he assists with the global coordination of the BHL project working with BHL nodes in China, Brazil, Australia, the European Union, and Egypt.