Konrath and Crouch talk libraries, too:
Blake and I are willing to sell our entire ebook catalog to the Harris County Public Library, and to any other libraries that are interested, under these terms:
1. Ebooks are $3.99
2. No DRM.
3. The library only needs to buy one ebook of a title, and then they can make as many copies as they need for all of their patrons and all of their branches.
4. The library owns the rights to use that ebook forever.
5. The library can use it an any format they need; mobi, epub, pdf, lit, etc. And when new formats arise, they're’re free to convert it to the new format.
In short, the library buys one copy, and never has to buy it again.
Now I'll take questions. I'm sure they'll be a few.
Q: Joe, that's insane! You're only charging $3.99 an ebook? That ebook can be read thousands of times!
A: Good. I hope it is.
Q: And they can make copies!? Shouldn't you at least make them buy multiple copies of each ebook?
A: Why? Ebooks cost nothing to copy and distribute. Once a library purchases a copy, it should be able to make as many copies as its branches and partons need. How cool would it be if you never had to wait for a book at the library because had already been checked out? My ebooks will always be available, all the time.
Q: But you're losing sales!
A: No I'm not. They bought a copy. They can do what they want with it. And my hope is because I don't have restrictions, and keep my costs low, the library will continue to buy my new ebooks as I release them. There are a lot of libraries in the US, and a lot more globally. If I sell every library one of my ebooks for $3.99, that's a nice amount of money.
There are 122,000 libraries in the US. At $3.99 per title, that is just short of half a million per title.
A pretty good deal for most any writer not named Rowling or King.
As I said, the libraries need to reconsider their book acquistion processes.