Saturday, 19 March 2011
Harpercollins to U-turn on self destructing eBooks.
Debbie LeBel, the manager of acquisitions for Halifax Public Libraries says she is not buying new e-book licenses from HarperCollins even though demand for eBooks has grown steadily in recent years and HarperCollins titles account for about one in every five e-books in the collection of more than 6,000."
Whilst Harpercollins have a point - eBooks, being digital files can last forever, but saying that libraries have to acquire a new licence after 26 hires is absurd - phyiscal books can be hired out much more than that before falling apart. It is expected that the publisher will suggest a much more logical annual licence.