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Old 01-29-2013, 03:21 PM   #76
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The unfortunate truth is that the Libraries are in no position to bargain. It's a seller's market. They don't have to sell the libraries anything. As it stands now only 2 of 6 BPH's make their ebooks available. Adding another one makes that many more ebooks available.

I say take the deal; if it's more expensive well, just suck it up - hopefully this can be offset by other benefits - less handling and storage of pbooks, and so on.

This is the wave of the future (as everyone hanging out here will attest) so let's not quibble.

Chant along with me ... More books ... more books ... more books!!

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Old 01-29-2013, 03:24 PM   #77
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Chant along with me... more taxes... more taxes... more taxes...
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:31 PM   #78
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More books ... more books ... more books ... but not at any price

I, as a Norwegian, has no say in a strictly American business of course, but if Norwegian libraries even considered such a solution, I would be very disappointed. More books is good, and paying the author and the publisher is important, but the libraries must still be independent from the publishers and provide a broad selection of books.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:32 PM   #79
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:32 PM   #80
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Libraries should do better than cater to the lowest common denominator of book reading, shouldn't they? I'm no fan of the genre but this scheme pretty much shuts out litfic from ebook libraries.
Why would a library purchase something that no one will read?

In my library for every new title purchased one must be removed. Currently sci-fi titles are being replaced with paranormal romances. The local demographics evidently don't favor sci-fi except for Star Trek.

Also, they purchase up to 3 formats; hardcover, audio and ebook. They will only do so for the popular titles.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:02 PM   #82
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:02 PM   #83
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:42 PM   #84
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If you had the choise between womenfolk and books, what would you choose?
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:06 PM   #85
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They would say quite a lot, wouldn't they... That's why I would take the books instead
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I'm on the fence regarding this whole thing, but...

Let's avoid elevating one type of reading over another. I think it more accurate to state that libraries *should* cater to a variety of readers while focusing on the demand of their particular user demographic. Because if there isn't enough stuff that their users want to read, regardless of whether it's genre fic or litfic or women's studies or what have you, this whole conversation is moot. If people aren't using libraries, there won't be libraries.
No argument there.
And I'm not looking to elevate one type of content over others, just pointing out that if they only carry bestsellers they'll be leaving out a good chunk of their "customers"/taxpayers.

Libraries operate in a zero-sum game; they have a budget and getting one thing means not getting another. They need to address all their constituencies not just the bestseller hunters. That means having a variety of content, both currently "hot" and merely warm.
People who only use the library on occassion pay taxes too and if they don't find what they look for they'll use it less and support it less.

So, yes: "If people aren't using libraries, there won't be libraries."

Libraries are already under pressure to support both ebook and pbook readers and if ebooks become expiring rentals there will be more pressure to put their money where it will last longer: pbooks.

Who knows, maybe the intent is to steer library funds to pbooks.

Or maybe the plan is to put out an unpalatable plan so they can get politicians off their backs:
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/TOB/H/201...614-R00-HB.htm

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