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If Libraries Didn't Exist, Would Publishers Be Trying To Kill Book Lending?

If Libraries Didn't Exist, Would Publishers Be Trying To Kill Book Lending?
A familiar pattern emerges. Small, innovative publishers who are ready to adapt, reap the benefits by meeting the growing demand for ebooks at local libraries – and doubtless picking up knock-on sales as a result. Meanwhile, big, sclerotic publishers resist trying out new business models, preferring to make the use of digital formats for lending as "inconvenient" as possible – in the forlorn hope that readers will just give up and buy something. We all know how that story ends.

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The author should have titled this - Publishers don't want libraries to exist

I don't think publishers really care whether libraries exist or not. They just don't want to do business with them unless doing so contributes materially to their bottom line.