Posted by: anitanolan | March 11, 2011

Librarians Launch Boycott in Battle Over e-Books

Librarians respond to HarperCollins decision to limit e-book use in libraries.

From USA Today:

But a decision by publisher HarperCollins to limit the circulation of library e-books is rousing librarians, who have started a boycott via blogs and Twitter protesting what some consider the digital “destruction” of books.

Under a policy that began Monday, libraries can “lease” (for a fee) new HarperCollins e-books and loan them no more than 26 times. At that point, the book disappears — digitally — unless the library pays to lease another copy for the next 26 readers. (Libraries lend e-books one at a time, just like print, unless multiple copies are bought.)

“Of course the librarians went crazy,” says Marilyn Johnson, author of This Book Is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, published last year by HarperCollins. “Think about it: ‘I’m the 27th patron; I see that the book is in the catalog, and then suddenly it’s not?’ “

Read the rest here.

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