I'm not saying they should be given away for free or even a lesser price, I'm more than happy to pay a fair price. But paying more than a paperbook for an epub just makes zero sense.
The current system for hard cover books in our libraries and sales of all paper books has always made enough money for the authors and publishing houses. Why should the ebook model be any different and be designed to make libraries pay through the nose for ebooks when they could get the hard covers instead and avoid the price gouging and the hassles?
Yes, libraries want to please their users, but there comes a point where they just can't afford to do it the way the publishing houses want for ebooks. Libraries don't charge for borrowing books remember, they have no way to pass that cost onto consumers.