“Privately, some publishers says that the alliance will eventually limit ebook offerings to libraries rather than expand them, as at least some companies fear that unlimited library lending across all major platforms will cannibalize ebook sales.” – Today’s Publisher’s Lunch.
See why libraries might want to get into the business of creating original content, especially from the communities they serve? In the other direction, what if publishers wise up and decide that it would be better to deal with the libraries directly and eliminate the middlemen? Lots of opps for “Buy” links—no small help when so many bookstores are shutting down. And do libraries and publishers really want to pay the costs that direct dealing could eliminate?
- Smug about OverDrive? A whopping 39 percent of U.S. public libraries don’t offer downloadable e-books. Does D.C. care? E-textbooks are no substitute, Mr. President
- One Rx if publishers won’t deal with libraries fairly: Grow your own content and gain more clout
- Canadians talking up OverDrive alternatives: Another business argument for an OD sale to U.S. libraries?
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- Getting free e-books from the library is overrated, says e-book blogger—and tells why he feels that way