Originally Posted by David Munch
Well, it shouldn't matter much if they lend out 10 books a day for 100 days, or just 1000 books in 1 day. The only thing it would change, is that the people that signed up for a book and lost interest due to the long wait for a book would get it right away, but I can't believe it would be more than a 10% increase.
Libraries need to be able to control their expenditure. It would cost a lot more to buy a licence to lend 10 copies of a book simultaneously than to lend 1000, and if they bought a licence for 1000 simultaneous loans of a book, but only 10 people ever actually wanted to read it at once, that would be a massive waste of the library's (and hence the taxpayers') money.