Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Library Pros and Cons of ebooks
The down-side to ebooks, from a library point of view, is that they are more expensive to purchase than print and their use is restricted with digital rights management. Content is often leased rather than owned due to vendor license agreements. Often there are also annual fees required to guarantee perpetual access to content. Some publisher content may not be available for library lending - Macmillan, Simon Schuster, Hachette, and Penguin group do not sell ebooks to libraries or library vendors. Random House raised its prices in March tripling the cost of an ebook to libraries. Ebooks also require technology in order for the user to read them which limits some patrons from having access.