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Old 02-20-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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Publishers Win Again

One Year Later, HarperCollins Sticking to 26-Loan Cap, and Some Librarians Rethink Opposition

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One year ago, when HarperCollins Publishers implemented its 26-loan cap for library ebook lending, the new policy brought down upon the publishing house all the thunder that the library world could conjure — from petitions to boycotts.

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The Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County (MLC), which consists of nine independent community libraries in Missouri, has now changed its mind about the boycott it approved last year.

“A couple of months ago we started purchasing from them again,” said Tom Cooper, the consortium’s president and the director of the Webster Groves Public Library. “The reality on the ground is that it’s more generous than what we are getting from other publishers,” he said.
Nothing says "you win" better than backing down on a boycott.

Chalk up another victory for the publishers.
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:55 PM   #2
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I bet they changed their mind because library patrons were whining and complaining about not being able to get the ebooks...
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I bet they changed their mind because library patrons were whining and complaining about not being able to get the ebooks...
...and HarperCollins is at least willing to sell new books for checkout. Random House and their higher-priced ebooks is nearly all that's left.
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Publisher to libraries: "I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further."
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From today's O’Reilly’s Tools of Change Conference in New York:

Bilbary’s Tim Coates added: “twice as many books read in the US come from public libraries as come from bookstores. Every year, two billion books are circulated. That is a huge reason why publishers should take an interest.”

and

The Revson Foundation’s Julie Sandorf called libraries “the last remaining civic public square”. She and others reminded listeners that at a time of declining bricks-and-mortar stores, “libraries have real estate in every community. They can showcase and sell; they could become the new Barnes & Noble front window. Think about the utility of that”.


These are changing times to be sure
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From today's O’Reilly’s Tools of Change Conference in New York:

Bilbary’s Tim Coates added: “twice as many books read in the US come from public libraries as come from bookstores. Every year, two billion books are circulated. That is a huge reason why publishers should take an interest.”

and

The Revson Foundation’s Julie Sandorf called libraries “the last remaining civic public square”. She and others reminded listeners that at a time of declining bricks-and-mortar stores, “libraries have real estate in every community. They can showcase and sell; they could become the new Barnes & Noble front window. Think about the utility of that”.


These are changing times to be sure
My first thought with all the people happy to see brick and mortar book stores going out of business is that libraries will be soon to follow. It will be interesting to see how people plan to keep them around, or why publishers would care about them in a world where people don't want paper copies as much anyway.
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My first thought with all the people happy to see brick and mortar book stores going out of business is that libraries will be soon to follow. It will be interesting to see how people plan to keep them around, or why publishers would care about them in a world where people don't want paper copies as much anyway.
Online libraries.
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One of the main points of libraries is providing internet access to lower income folks. I have no idea why people ignore that fact when saying that the solution to disappearing libraries is online libraries. Do you people simply not spend time in poor areas?
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From today's O’Reilly’s Tools of Change Conference in New York:

Bilbary’s Tim Coates added: “twice as many books read in the US come from public libraries as come from bookstores. Every year, two billion books are circulated. That is a huge reason why publishers should take an interest.”

and

The Revson Foundation’s Julie Sandorf called libraries “the last remaining civic public square”. She and others reminded listeners that at a time of declining bricks-and-mortar stores, “libraries have real estate in every community. They can showcase and sell; they could become the new Barnes & Noble front window. Think about the utility of that”.


These are changing times to be sure

what if libraries had print on demand machines?

"hey, i borrowed this book last week and i really liked it. can i buy a copy?" the publisher and the library would both get a cut of the sale.

i don't know the prices of those machines so i don't know if it would even be feasible.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:47 PM   #11
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One of the main points of libraries is providing internet access to lower income folks. I have no idea why people ignore that fact when saying that the solution to disappearing libraries is online libraries. Do you people simply not spend time in poor areas?
Separate issue from your premise.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:58 PM   #12
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Separate issue from your premise.
.. no it's not. The low income people I'm referring to will not HAVE internet access at home oftentimes, so having a brick and mortar location for them to get educational content is vital. People act like internet access is in every home in America. I'll ask again, do you people do any work with low income people or contact them on a regular basis?
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.. no it's not. The low income people I'm referring to will not HAVE internet access at home oftentimes, so having a brick and mortar location for them to get educational content is vital. People act like internet access is in every home in America. I'll ask again, do you people do any work with low income people or contact them on a regular basis?
Sure it is. You said what will happen when B&M libraries close and I told you.
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Bilbary’s Tim Coates added: “twice as many books read in the US come from public libraries as come from bookstores. Every year, two billion books are circulated. That is a huge reason why publishers should take an interest.”
Oh they're taking an interest alright. They want to put a stop to the legalized piiracy!
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Oh they're taking an interest alright. They want to put a stop to the legalized piiracy!
It's no big deal. If library books dried up, there'd still be plenty of other sources to read from.
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