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E-books & Libraries of The Future . . .

Most folks know what “going to the library” means.

Thing is, that phrase carries different meanings for different people.

Many go to the library to take out books; some to upload e-books, some to meet a sweetheart, some to find a quiet place to rest from the stress of homelessness

I’ve looked at libraries a few different ways in previous posts. Here are a few:

Libraries Weathering The Storm In Publishing

Should We All Self-Publish A Book?

Been To Your Local Library Lately?

However, not all is well with the relationship between legacy publishers and libraries

Take this recent excerpt from a post on DailyTech:

“Last month, Random House announced that it would be making some changes to the way it sells e-books to libraries, including price increases. But libraries didn’t expect cost boosts as high as 300 percent, where no titles are offered under $25. Some even go as high as over $100 per title.”

The piece goes on to say:

“…Hachette and Macmillan have only made part of their list of e-book titles available to libraries, HarperCollins puts a 26-use expiration on its library e-books, and others like Simon & Schuster and Penguin don’t even let libraries lend out their e-books.”

If you’d like an in-depth take on a modern’s library’s issues, check out this article in The Tyee, Libraries of the Future!

Do you still use a local library?

Do you have fond memories of a library?

Do you think libraries will be able to sustain their operations with all the current changes in the Book World?
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11 responses to “E-books & Libraries of The Future . . .

  1. Simone Benedict March 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Oh dear, what a mess. Are any libraries carrying your book, Alexander?


  2. Simone Benedict March 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Whoops, to clarify Alexander, I meant getting e-books into libraries sounds like a mess. I didn’t mean your post was a mess.


  3. Simone Benedict March 6, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    “The ebook revolution is here. How shall we proceed?” I’ll say (out of order) at our next liberry meeting. (They just love it when I come to their meetings.) :-)


  4. Simone Benedict March 7, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Aaargh. I just typed up the details of how Kansas is meeting the ebook revolution head on and I lost the comment! Guess I was just too excited that tonight I learned something is happening in Kansas.

    Let me know if you would like the contact information for the system that’s set to be up and running in mid-March Alexander. I’ll shoot you an email.


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