Friday, 22 May 2009

Libraries and ebook readers

The LIS News blog recently posted an article about libraries and the Kindle and other ebook devices. According to the article, these devices are a failure: not because of the technology, which continues to improve, but because e-book reader companies do not consider libraries as a viable customer. Their terms of service severely restrict usage so that you cannot "lend" an ebook to anyone. The author suggests that the ebook industry needs to realize that they have to somehow address the needs of libraries. As he says, "(Libraries) are in the intellectual enhancement business, no matter the medium. Libraries are the allies of the e-book reader devices. Start treating us like it."

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