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The reason why publishers won't supply ebooks to public libraries is because libraries insist on having marc records and their own catalogues.
Exactly HOW does the two parties (libraries and publishers) not sharing a common inventory system prevent them from doing business? It's certainly not stopped libraries from doing business with the movie and recording industries.
>>The reason why publishers won't supply ebooks to public libraries is because libraries insist on having marc records and their own catalogues.
General comment on the overall post at goodlibraryguide: Rambling vague drivel. I took a moment and tried to read the post assuming that they were actually serious. I got nothing meaningful from the reading.
Is there any evidence to back up this assertion? From where I'm standing, it doesn't seem that unreasonable that a library would want a catalog of the stuff it owns or subscribes to. What about this will make publishers refuse to supply libraries with ebooks, and why should we believe this is a larger part of their decision-making than publishers' (and more importantly their corporate media overlords) mistaken belief that libraries take away sales.
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