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Tim proposed this in a blog post a couple of weeks ago and said that there was "lots to work out", but I haven't seen any discussion about it since then. It seems like a worthy idea, though. Is the discussion going on somewhere else?
I think Tim's idea is a good one. Next time I'm at my local library (Yarmouth, Maine's Merrill Memorial) I'll ask the local librarians about their take on the situation over the licensing of ebooks and what they think of an idea like the one Tim proposes. If everyone on LibraryThing got their local librarians talking about it, that'd have to impact the larger discussion.
I am a librarian in the rural South. I joined this group to try to figure out how/if/when/if ever we will use e-books.
It's fairly easy to see how libraries could facilitate access to e-books for people who own their own readers.(NetLibrary is already doing that, if a library has enough money to subscribe -- we don't and probably will never.) My nightmare scenario, however, is trying to figure out the logistics of providing users with the readers, also.
My fear is that we are returning to the era before printing, where the poor do not have access to the written word.
Our local library uses OverDrive and it's been great so far. It's nice to be able to browse the library catalog at 1 a.m. and download a book, from wherever I am, and start reading. Books can be read on every device but a Kindle.
I honestly don't see why any publisher or author would not support this. As more and more indie authors and eBook-only titles multiply, discoverability is going to get tougher. That can be mitigated a little by letting people try the digital equivalent of print editions via their local library.
>4 but as ohmcintyre said a small and/or rural library can't afford to get in on Overdrive or NetLibrary even if I tried to get into one of the consortiums in my state it would be more than my library could afford.
Tim's idea is interesting but until the price of ebook services for libraries goes down I can't see affording it. Also as ohmcintyre said unless my patrons have their own ereader I can't see spending money on ereaders to check out to people especially considering how many books go missing in a year. I sure hope ohmcintyre prediction doesn't come true!
Thought you'd appreciate a little smile on the subject:
Balance is good.
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