Business model flexibility with digital content leads to a blur between the public good and private enterprise.
Some hints about libraries’ actual value to publishers in driving e-book sales.
Small publishers are willing to license e-books to new library e-lending systems under liberal terms. Major publishers are unlikely to follow suit.
The Supreme Court established that first sale rights apply to media products manufactured outside the US when brought into the country. What does this decision portend for digital first sale?
An unlikely coalition of companies and trade associations gets together to push for First Sale rights for digital content. Will it help libraries secure e-lending rights?
The impasse will get worse before it gets better… if it ever does.
Amazon’s subsidized lending of Harry Potter e-books is more evidence of private-sector displacement of public libraries.