Originally Posted by rogue_librarian
If authors (whose interests are not necessarily congruent with publishers here), publishers and libraries sat down together, I am sure a sustainable model could be found, taking full advantage of the digital nature of ebooks.
Artificial scarcity is just, well, plain stupid.
I'm sure that a sustainable model -- in terms of at least a tiny portion of authors, editors, translators, etc. being able to make a living writing -- is impossible without scarcity. Economics is the study of scarcity. Without scarcity, the value of anything and everything is zero. And since the material eBooks are made of is somewhere between non-existent and infinitesimal (not quite sure of the physics here
), the only kind of eBook scarcity there can be is artificial.