E-book library borrowing hits record pace
Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:55 AM
Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:56 AM
I used to love going to the library. It was inviting and warm. Now, it just seems that it is a place to hang out for people waiting for someone to answer their Craigslist sex ad.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:24 AM
Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:35 PM
As I librarian, I can tell you this is absolutely true. Moreover, giving ebooks any kind of expiration date is just a sorry attempt to retain an old business model that has no relevance to the actual product at hand. Publishers might as reasonably price print books by guessing what it would cost to copy them by hand into vellum codices.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 08:09 PM
It costs virtually nothing to copy an ebook and they never wear out. Don't sell them in small quantities. Let every patron of every library in the country check out your books. Just charge a per-use rental fee.
Posted 21 January 2012 - 03:36 AM
The first sale doctrine cannot apply to nonphysical, duplicatable objects as it applies to DVDs, CDs, and books.
As this happens libraries will change into a mix of Starbuck's and Amazon.
Posted 21 January 2012 - 12:01 PM
With the Kindle app Amazon just pulls the book off your device when you sync. If your device is not connected (via WI FI or 3G) it stays on your device indefinitely. But you have to connect your device to load additional books so at that point your leant book is gone! I have borrowed several books from my local library this way and it works great!
Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:11 AM
It is very easy to determine what is going on in their minds. If 50 people check out an eBook, that might have only cost $25 to license, but would cost the same $25 for each copy purchased,they are losing a lot of money. So is the author most likely. It is about money, and as many technolgically-minded people seem to be thinking today, people's works (be they music, video, books, etc) don't come free.
I'm sure there is some middle ground to be found here, but people need to see both sides of this story.
To an atheist, G. K. Chesterton somewhere remarked, the universe is the most exquisite mechanism ever constructed by nobody.