I can only say a great big thanks to him for mentioning this in his blog, as I certainly wouldn’t have known about it otherwise.
Certainly it sounds very interesting, but as usual, there is very little information on the Home page to tell someone what the actual content is. There are implications that institutions have subscribed, and students have automatic rights to accounts, but according to Geosi, there are going to be scratch cards available to gain access, and these will require a payment of fifteen Ghana cedis (approximately ten US dollars).
There are some contact details – local, Ghanaian mobiles, and web-based emails, which I will definitely follow-up on – from work though, as this seems like it is aimed at an academic community. And I do work in one, after all!
My questions are: what is the content available? How does one access it? Does it have to be read online only? What kind of downloading can be done? What about printing? Are there time constraints – especially if scratch cards are involved?
With internet connections so relatively expensive and variable in this part of the world, something which sounds fine may not actually be so when you try to open a file over an erratic connection, which is what most of us are using.
So I would like to see what is on offer, and how easy it is to use.
And on a more general basis, I am wondering whether the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH) are aware of this initiative, or have been approached to be a conduit for such ebooks.
There is definitely some work to do before I give my opinion on the new “Ghana Library”. A second post will definitely be a necessity!