Lending eBooks…

Also from the NY Times, a piece from Randall Stross on the challenges facing publishers and libraries in lending ebooks:

… we can also guess that the number of visitors to the e-book sections of public libraries’ Web sites is about to set a record, too.

 

And that is a source of great worry for publishers. In their eyes, borrowing an e-book from a library has been too easy. Worried that people will click to borrow an e-book from a library rather than click to buy it, almost all major publishers in the United States now block libraries’ access to the e-book form of either all of their titles or their most recently published ones.

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