A Look at eBook Lending in Public Libraries

An article in today’s New York Times (“Libraries and Readers Wade into Digital Lending,” by Motoko Rich) talks about some public libraries that are lending eBooks to patrons.  “About 5,400 public libraries now offer e-books, as well as digitally downloadable audio books …” As we all have experienced, the library is trying to make itself relevant to current end users and when patrons who never used to come to the library visit it virtually to download eBooks, this gets their attention. Not so for some publishers who say that the business model does not work for them. For example, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan do not offer eBooks to public libraries.  As we have all observed, this is not the case with academic publishers many of whom are experimenting with various business models.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/15/books/15libraries.html?th=&emc=th&pagewanted

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