Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books

http://chronicle.com/article/Library-Consortium-Tests/144743/
Worried about security and sales, many publishers and vendors permit individual e-book chapters to be shared but don’t routinely include the lending of whole e-books in library contracts. Even when licenses do allow e-book lending, libraries typically lack the technology to make it work. You can’t just pop an e-book into an envelope and ship it off by delivery van or the post office.

But lending e-books may soon get easier. This spring a pilot project called Occam’s Reader will test software custom-built to make it both easy and secure for libraries to share e-book files while keeping publishers happy—or so the software’s creators hope.

Comments

I'm on vacation and this is still the most exciting thing I will see today! ILL is one of the big reasons we have resisted e-books in my small special library.

I've seen lending with very limited access and that's what this is. No download (similar to in-house use only); no copies (restricted access)... these are common practices with some library materials. so this could work.

I think this is definitely something to look into. e-books are only growing.