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Old 10-20-2011, 09:05 AM   #16
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This is a UK service. Do many libraries in the UK offer ebooks? If you are a UK resident, can you join any library in the country, or do you have to live in the area that the library serves?

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Old 10-20-2011, 09:14 AM   #17
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I think you need an address in the library's catchment area, I know Liverpool library has an ebook lending program but the selection just isn't very good. When I had a look I found that they would have books 2 and 5 in a series or something similar which I found strange
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Old 10-20-2011, 09:23 AM   #18
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I think you need an address in the library's catchment area
Not necessarily, so it's worth checking. I joined Luton library (http://www.lutonlibraries.co.uk/) despite not living there - you just have to pay them a physical visit once to show them your id when you join.

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Old 10-20-2011, 10:56 AM   #19
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Well, my public library allows me to borrow up to 99 (!) electronic media at the same time. This service costs me 10 € (13.70 USD)/year.
4 books don't sound very alluring for a commercial subscription service.
Ah, but what is your selection like ? If its anything like my library, its limited.
If this service offers a better selection, then its worth paying the money.

Your library offers DVDs and CDs that you can borrow free, too. Yet iTunes and Netflix are flourishing businesses.
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:02 PM   #20
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Ah, but what is your selection like ? If its anything like my library, its limited.
If this service offers a better selection, then its worth paying the money.

Your library offers DVDs and CDs that you can borrow free, too. Yet iTunes and Netflix are flourishing businesses.
One difference with Netflix - at least you can turn back in the movie as soon as you are done with it and not have to wait two weeks to return it. With a system such as that, they have capped your "borrowing" to no more than 8 books a month (provided you get the maximum of 4 out at a time).

I'm sure somewhere a system like this could work. It would need to be a lace that does not have decent library coverage. I live in SE PA and the libraries are all over the place, so it would have a very hard time taking hold here.
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:12 PM   #21
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I think the reason it's capped at 8 books a month is so that royalties to the publisher are not spread too thin. I think they are going to have the first chapter of books available for subscribers to read online so you can get a feel for the book before you loan it although I'm not to sure about that.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:11 AM   #22
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That sounds like a very expensive library card...I'd rather just keep my library card and call it a day.
Exactly. I say Support the Public Libraries!

(this is very akin to School vouchers as far as I'm concerned -- hate them too!)
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Exactly. I say Support the Public Libraries!

(this is very akin to School vouchers as far as I'm concerned -- hate them too!)
i've gotta agree with that. cut the nonsense out of public education and you won't need school vouchers.
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OMG, Sooooo true! I can't understand it myself. The county I live in has the HIGHEST property taxes and the POOREST schools in the area. It drives me CRAZY that there are no libraries in walking (shit, barely driving) distance AND the kids here get piss poor educations. Library? What's a library? Do you mean it's a place where kids in school can use books? Strange thing, that. The kids here have great parks & recreation.

I see private school in my children's futures.
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OMG, Sooooo true! I can't understand it myself. The county I live in has the HIGHEST property taxes and the POOREST schools in the area. It drives me CRAZY that there are no libraries in walking (shit, barely driving) distance AND the kids here get piss poor educations. Library? What's a library? Do you mean it's a place where kids in school can use books? Strange thing, that. The kids here have great parks & recreation.

I see private school in my children's futures.
Yeah the big thing on our city vote this year is a multi-million-dollar recreation center ..... and they are closing libraries!
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Yeah the big thing on our city vote this year is a multi-million-dollar recreation center ..... and they are closing libraries!
What is that about??! I don't give a good damn if my kid has great recreation if he/she can't read. Sheesh. Since when did extracurricular activities become more important than the education itself?
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What is that about??! I don't give a good damn if my kid has great recreation if he/she can't read. Sheesh. Since when did extracurricular activities become more important than the education itself?
Apparently that is exactly the case here. We'll see if the vote passes or not. There was a "save the libraries" vote last year that failed.
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Rec centers serve as glorified babysitters - that is probably the appeal.
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I want recreations centers AND libraries. Perhaps we could have both if churches were no longer exempt from income/property/sales taxes. It's a shame that teachers are being fired throughout the country because of budget reasons. That's all I have to say so that I'm not flagged for the Politics and Religion forum.

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