[Irtalk] Libraries and ebooks: a good fit, but a very bad deal, or why library users should just say no to ebooks

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Aug 26 12:55:07 SAST 2014

Here it is simply. Digital access to a single title - one ebook - costs the
public library $85. *That $85 is good for only 26 downloads. And only one
customer can borrow the ebook at a time. *

Under this arrangement, publishers have the best of both worlds. For
borrowing purposes, the ebook is treated like a single copy of a print
book: only one customer can borrow one title at any given time. But for
licensing purposes, the ebook is treated as a controlled digital resource
that must be licensed and continually renewed.

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