Librarian Unhappiness Over New Harper e-Book Lending Policy Grows

The sometimes uneasy relationship between librarians and book publishers reached a new level of tension after HarperCollins—citing the explosive growth of e-book sales—announced a new e-book lending policy beginning March 7 that will limit the length of its library licenses to a maximum of 26 loans per e-title. The revised policy has outraged librarians, who say the new policy will strain budgets and is shortsighted, ignoring the role of libraries in encouraging literacy and building an e-book market for publishers. The issue has become so emotional that some librarians have organized a boycott of HarperCollins new books over the issue.

Full article at Publisher's Weekly


it's fairly simple. Don't buy HC e-books. Maybe even don't buy HC print books either in protest if you are that bothered.

Ignoring the whole e-rights issue it also comes down to cost. Buying e-books for public libraries under this scheme will be prohibitively expensive. So don't do it.

It's a free market thing. Just because a product exists doesn't mean you have to buy it. You also don't have to provide everything in a library, especially when costs are so tight anyway.
Are there really that many libraries where the provision of e-books is money better spent than on print?
If someone wants an e-book they will probably buy it. You don't need to pander to the minority of people that want the newest thing.

Had academic libraries treated the rise in serial prices as an economic issue 30 years ago we would have a very different situation today. The previous poster is correct. Simply stop buying from HarperCollins, end of discussion.

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