The decision by HarperCollins to limit their e-book titles to 26 library checkouts per license is developing into an interesting and critical power play between publishers and libraries that is also being closely watched in Germany. The Süddeutsche Zeitung, in reporting on the move by HarperCollins, wrote: “America’s librarians, normally not a particularly seditious group [are] in revolt.” The article mentions a video in which librarians demonstrate that bound volumes published by HarperCollins are loaned from between 50 to 100 times before they are removed from circulation.
OverDrive, the vendor that supplies most U.S. libraries with e-books, has in the interim removed HarperCollins titles from its program and many libraries and library consortia are boycotting the publishing house. Library Journal and many blogs (for example Agnostic Maybe ) are reporting on the development.
The American Library Association has not yet taken a stand on the issue; its Equitable Access to Electronic Content e-book Working Group is now addressing it and will present its findings at the ALA annual convention in June.
Tuesday, 8. March 2011
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