eArticle Review: Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War
Publishers can be such buzz killers. This is what we’re dealing with in the library world these days:
LAST year, Christmas was the biggest single day for e-book sales by HarperCollins. And indications are that this year’s Christmas Day total will be even higher, given the extremely strong sales of e-readers like the Kindle and the Nook. Amazon announced on Dec. 15 that it had sold one million of its Kindles in each of the three previous weeks.But we can also guess that the number of visitors to the e-book sections of public libraries’ Web sites is about to set a record, too. And that is a source of great worry for publishers. In their eyes, borrowing an e-book from a library has been too easy.
Too easy? They have completely tied our hands with regards to lending eBooks. OverDrive is such a DRM racket and it’s the only player on the field at the moment. There is so little available for library patrons and it’s so hard to get to.
Check out some of the comments on Slashdot. I like this one:
Authors and editors are valuable, but publishers are basically parasites nowadays.