Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Coverage and discussion on Metafilter of the publishers' push-back against libraries, especially with respect to eBooks. "When we tell them, 'Sorry, there is only one copy of that e-book, and a waitlist of over 200 people,' they ask the completely reasonable question, 'Why?' In Macmillan's ideal world, that library patron would get frustrated with the library and go purchase the e-book instead." But that logic never worked with physical books, and there's no real reason to expect it to work with eBooks (especially when the price savings are minimal).

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