Publisher Puts Cap On Library Lending Of E-Books

As if struggling libraries didn’t have enough problems.

Publisher Harper Collins is cracking down on libraries and their lending of e-books by limiting e-book lending to 26 times per license.

MobyLives reported on the story yesterday.

Hadro reports that “Josh Marwell, President, Sales for HarperCollins, told LJ that the 26 circulation limit was arrived at after considering a number of factors, including the average lifespan of a print book, and wear and tear on circulating copies.” A statement from the publisher added, “HarperCollins is committed to the library channel. We believe this change balances the value libraries get from our titles with the need to protect our authors and ensure a presence in public libraries and the communities they serve for years to come.”

Librarians don’t agree with the decision, however.

And Sarah Houghton-Jan, Assistant Director for the San Rafael Public Library, CA, responded this way:

“Consumer market eBook vendors like Barnes & Noble and Amazon don’t let publishers get away with the amount of nonsense that we get stuck with through library eBook vendors. I fault the publishers for not realizing what a huge mistake they are making by not realizing that new formats are opportunities–not threats to be quashed.”

Read the entire story at MobyLives.

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