Re-blogging to include this NPR story:
The Future Of Libraries In The E-Book Age
“In the current climate, libraries worry they’ll become obsolete. Publishers are afraid they won’t be able to make any money. That’s why HarperCollins came up with a new e-book policy that says an e-book can be checked out 26 times, after which it has to be repurchased. Leslie Hulse, a senior vice president at HarperCollins, says publishers have to place some limitations on the way libraries lend e-books.”
It’s the books that I adore here, btw. Not necessarily the news. Although, it may just push me over the edge to get a Kindle. It really would be wildly convenient to be able to carry so many books with me.
Today, Amazon announced a new feature for its Kindle e-reader called Library Lending, which will enable users to borrow e-books from more than 11,000 libraries in the US. The feature will launch later this year, and be available for all Kindle generations.
For Kindle users, this will open a trove of free e-books to borrow on-the-go. For publishing as a whole, it marks yet another sign that in an industry of paper and hardcovers—even those stored in the basements of old, dusty institutions like libraries—the transition to the digital age is all but inevitable. How are libraries going to cope with this transition?
(Picture via bookshelfporn, peopleasplaces, Papervision3D Panorama)