SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: SIGIA-L: checking out e-books
RE: SIGIA-L: checking out e-books
From: Theresa Ross (Ross_at_chilibsys.org)
Date: Thu Oct 25 2001 - 11:37:31 EDT
The problem is not on the libraries end, but on the publishers' end.
Publishers have a hard time accepting the idea of more than one reader
reading an item at a given time. Librarians have been fighting this
concept, but with little success. Publishers are slightly justified in
their worries, mostly over profits and royalty tracking.
Other ways librarians have gotten around these problems has been by checking
out e-book readers loaded with a series of ebooks of the same genre or not
buying ebooks from publishers who don't allow access for multiple readers.
For more on ebooks, check out this link:
If you do a search on the web, you'll see that netlibrary
(www.netlibrary.com) is currently having business difficulties. This is in
part due to the deals they had to cut with publishers to obtain a backlist.
But libraries won't lose those titles as OCLC (www.oclc.org) holds the
escrow accounts for netlibrary.
I hope this answers your questions!
--Teri Ross Embrey
Chicago Library System
224 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60604
312-341-8500 ext. 227
From: Eileen 'Turtle' Parzek [mailto:eparzek1_at_nycap.rr.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2001 9:17 AM
Subject: SIGIA-L: checking out e-books
I know there are a lot of librarians on this particular list so I was
wondering if you could explain something to me.
Why could it possibly be necessary for an electronic library to have a
'check out' procedure and limit the time that a person can check out an
Eileen "Turtle" Parzek phone 518-505-6617
digital artist ~ information architect ~ project mgr ~ consultant
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