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Old 01-26-2013, 10:47 AM   #23
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There's more at stake here than "just" making books available to the library patrons. Preservation of books is just as important to a library, and books that "expires" in two years just doesn't make sence to a library. If a researcher comes to the library in fifty years and needs to access a particular edition of a book, there's no guarantee that the book is available. If Macmillan wants to withdraw the book and not sell it any more*, the libraries can not renew their license and all the available editions of this book is lost from the entire system.
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Yes, but what happens in 50 years if someone comes to borrow a particular book that hasn't been for sale in decades? The file resides on the libarary server, but cannot be loaned since there isn't a license available, and that particular edition is not for sale.
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