Originally Posted by DrNefario
Surely it is possible if you can only see the catalogue from the library computers?
Which is one of the operational modes of the 3M cloud library system.
The 3M Cloud Library offers a turnkey system of digital content, in-library hardware, and apps for borrowing and reading. At today's open houses, attendees will be able to test drive the system, which uses several components to allow users to browse the electronic catalog and read on the device of their choice:
-- 3M Discovery Terminals: Patrons at the library can browse the catalog on these electronic kiosks with an intuitive touch-based interface.
-- 3M eReaders: Content from the Cloud Library can be synced with easy-to-use 3M eReaders that can be checked out like any other lendable materials at several branches of the Glendale and Pasadena public libraries.
-- Mobile device compatibility: The service's eBooks are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPads, Nooks, and Androids. Using their personal devices, patrons can browse, check out and read eBooks all without leaving the 3M Cloud Library app.
The 3M cloud library system can limit books to only appearing at the library Kiosks. The ADOBE DRM system can be configured similarly if they choose to, just as they implement geo-restrictions; define library kiosks as a separate region and limit downloads to just that "region".
If the publishers want to do it, they *can* do it.