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  •  Penguin should be working with ALL libraries (3+ / 0-)

    Not every library has 3M or Baker and Taylor for e-books; my library consortium in Massachusetts has OverDrive.  What this publisher is doing is punishing library users because it soured on a particular vendor.

    -7.13, -6.97 Facts matter. Vice President Joe Biden 10/11/12

    by klamothe on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 01:41:06 PM PDT

    •  So does mine in California. (2+ / 0-)
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      We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

      by Susan Grigsby on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 04:17:55 PM PDT

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    •  Probably won't happen: publishers treat libraries (1+ / 0-)
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      as if they are the enemy. They worry that if they let a library in a city buy one copy of an ebook then everyone in that city will have a copy. (Nevermind that might not happen, even if the book was free.) And they think that because more than one person will read a library copy, books sold to public libraries steal sales.

      Not that they have any firm evidence for any of this. But the publishers are convinced this will happen, so they must stop public libraries from carrying ebooks.

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