Originally Posted by tneken
The biggest publishers in Denmark has withdrawn their support for e-reolen.dk the public libraries site for ebook lending. The parties could not find a business model that satisfied the publishers. Piracy was also a concern, but e-reolen hopes to minimize it by switching to a streaming based solution instead of file based. So in the future you can only lend books if you have a device with internet access and a browser, so no more ebook lending for older ebook readers.
The story in danish can be found here:
That's really bad news and definitely a move in the wrong direction in the year 2012. I hope other European countries won't follow suit. German eborrowing is already slim as can be.
The need to have an internet connection in some countries may not be a big deal, while in others, it would exclude large parts of the population from this tax funded offering.