Originally Posted by dkperez
OK, so the problem has been laid out - if I'm reading it correctly, the bottom line problem is that all the major publishers refuse to make e-books available to public libraries at prices no greater than those charged for p-books... 2/3 of the big six refuse to make e-books available at ANY price.
SO, what has to happen to FORCE the publishers to rectify this situation? How can it be made so expensive for the publishers NOT to support the libraries that they change their policies? Even better, how can it be made so ADVANTAGEOUS for the publishers to make books available to the libraries at reasonable prices that they'd WANT to do so?
Near as I can tell, we're at LEAST 2 YEARS into the big paradigm shift to e-books and not a DA*N thing has changed.
The answer is simple: Don't buy their books. Tell them if they're not going to sell to libraries, you're not going to read their titles. Then you have to stick to it.
Really, the publishers have an incentive not to sell to libraries. If they have a hot title, they want you to buy it, not borrow it. If you can't get an e-book from the library, they hope you'll just buy it. If they make the copies they sell to libraries so expensive that the library can only afford a few copies, they hope people will get tired of waiting and buy the book.
Furthermore, you can stop stripping the DRM off of library books. What publisher is going to want to put their books in what they see as a book store for copyright infringers? If you want to borrow library books, get a reader that supports EPUB. It's not your right to strip the DRM and load it into another device. And if you're going to do that, don't talk about how easy it is to do in the forums here. I'm sure that just gives the publishing companies proof that selling to libraries is a bad idea.