Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Publisher Stupidity

 I am just befuzzled by the decisions of publishers to try treating ebooks like print books, instead of taking advantage of things that print books can't do easily.  But this?  This is even loopier.  First, they decide that a library which buys an ebook can only lend it to one person at a time.  (It's not enough that people who want to read a paperback have to wait.  No, we have to make readers of ebooks wait when they could be reading.  Gee, I bet a lot of them read something else  instead.)  Then, they decide that paying for the ebook once wasn't enough, and the ebook is only good for a couple dozen checkouts.  Even cheap paperbacks printed on acid paper last longer than that.  Newspapers  last longer than that.

The pathetic, it knows no bounds.  A public library is meant to be a convenience to readers, provided by a society that wants smart, well-informed citizens capable of making good decisions.  But more than that, a library is a way for people to try lots of books and then, you know, GO BUY their favorites.  Yes indeedy, libraries sell books, more than they unsell books.  So if you make an ebook in a library go poof?

Losing ... money ... as we speak!
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