Libraries Grapple With The Downside Of E-Books

Digital books are the fastest growing area of publishing. Libraries are seeing a surge in demand for e-book titles as well, but there's a downside. Most major publishers won't allow libraries to lend their titles, while others impose restrictions or charge double or triple the print price.

Piece on NPR (3 minute 41 sec. audio)


This is been an issue for media collections for quite some time. The most common scenario is new recordings are issued only as downloadable content through iTunes. Libraries cannot provide this content for patrons because the iTunes license doesn't allow this use. I love digital content, but it's going to create a serious information barrier for those who don't have the means to pay for it.

>>Why the attention now?

Because now is where we are.

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