Saturday, September 01, 2012
E-Books And Libraries
(AP Photo/Michael Probst)
In the past year, libraries have seen a sharp growth in e-book borrowing. That trend is transforming the relationship between libraries and publishers. Libraries need to offer electronic books to remain relevant today. But some publishers worry lending e-books will lead to piracy and loss of sales. Two of the big six publishers license their e-books to libraries. Others are exploring pilot programs or have declined to participate. Many library patrons are frustrated with the limited availability of titles and long waiting lists. And some buy a copy of the e-book anyway. Guest host, Frank Sesno, and his guests discuss the challenges of e-booking lending at the library.
editorial director of F+W Media's Digital Book World.
director of the Program for Public Access to Information, Office of Information Technology, The American Library Association.
vice president of legal and government affairs at the Association of American Publishers.