Will Your Local Library Lend E-Books? (Or Can They?)


Amazon has recently touted that sales of Kindle books are outstripping those of both hardcover and paperback editions. And a Forrester forecast earlier this week gauged that the sales from e-books for 2010 would hit over $1 billion. It seems as though the market for digital literature is strong.

But according to some publishers, if libraries start lending e-books, it could serve to "undo the entire market for e-book sales." Those were the words of Stephen Page, CEO of the publisher Faber and Faber who spoke last month at a library conference in the U.K. and announced the Publisher Association's new stance on e-book lending via libraries.

Full article at NYT Technology Section - ReadWriteWeb


That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

Because the library as an institution sure hurt the sale of books for the past 2 centuries!

the public libraries in the US already lend ebooks through Overdrive.

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