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  •  My library licenses a certain amount of Ebooks (3+ / 0-)
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    but the waiting list for a download is very very long.  I think that there would be some resistance from libraries, however, since they see themselves a public servants, not as retailers.

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 08:46:20 AM PST

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    •  I think we need to rethink (8+ / 0-)

      the public-private division in the US. I'm no privatizing neoliberal, but public-private partnerships are likely going to play an increasingly important role in how we serve the public in the future. The key is to avoid letting them be exploited by financiers and businesspeople for excessive profit with little added value for citizens, as with vouchers and charter schools. I understand the risks, but I just don't see how we can avoid this.

      National Parks already do this via concessions for gift shops, restaurants and lodging. Amtrak runs on a business model (albeit poorly, by design). Even the post office sells boxes, collector stamp sets and such. Why not libraries? I can even see them putting in cafes in larger branches. The relatively new main branch in Seattle did this a few years ago. Why not satellite branches too? Every book, ebook, DVD, latte or croissant sale will help subsidize buying books and other materials that less affluent members will be able to rent.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 08:58:29 AM PST

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