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.
Absent government action or brain transplants, you'll have to wait for current publishing execs to be replaced with a younger generation that understands that libraries promote sales more than they cannibalize them and that aren't dead set on getting paid full list price every time somebody checks out an ebook somewhere.
And even then, as long as somebody can find a way to link it to Amazon, they'll oppose it.