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Old 08-01-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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The Economist on ebooks - The uncertain economics of lending virtual books

A nice little article explaining the current situation regarding how ebooks are distributed through the public library system and what changes might be coming..

Libraries and e-books: Literary labours lent | The Economist
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Interesting article -- summary: publishers are 1) leery of lending ebooks for fear readers will find it more convenient than physical lending and won't buy, and/or 2) Amazon and Overdrive who dominate the library systems will drive down the prices publishers get. The upshot is that whether publishers will cooperate with libraries on ebooks is questionable.

I get virtually all of my books from the library and always look for an electronic version first. I hope they work things out.
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I am waiting for a virtual authors' market that bypasses publishers and goes straight to ebooks. Of course, Amazon would fight that.
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I am waiting for a virtual authors' market that bypasses publishers and goes straight to ebooks. Of course, Amazon would fight that.
Heh. Amazon RUNS that.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/seller-acco...opic=200260520

This is where those zillions of 99 cent ebooks in the Kindle store come from.

That said, publishers provide a valuable service that we readers often ignore. Charles Stross is an author who has discussed this from time to time on his blog. I'll let him describe the publishing services, as he is both more coherent and writes better than I:

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog...-are-made.html

It's worth reading, and goes far to explain why so many self-published books have that certain something about them...
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I've gone to the trouble of getting library cards from 2 large city California libraries in order to get Ebook access. Still it's disappointing to see how little is easily available. And the library checkout process + Amazon download is confusing to say the least. On the other hand, buying an Ebook from Amazon for Kindle download is extremely easy.

Maybe someday the pricing model will change. Buying used paperback books through Amazon can be pretty cheap, but the same book as an Ebook can be pricey in comparison. Example, a Sue Grafton 2009 book that sells for $2.53 today (with Prime membership you'll get it in 2 days) versus $7.99 in Kindle form. See this link: Amazon.com: U is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone Mystery) (9780399155970): Sue Grafton: Books

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I've gone to the trouble of getting library cards from 2 large city California libraries in order to get Ebook access. Still it's disappointing to see how little is easily available. And the library checkout process + Amazon download is confusing to say the least. .

If the library has overdrive the check out is simple .I select my book ,check out and that automatically takes me to Amazon where I click on load to my kindle and it is there instantly .
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If the library has overdrive the check out is simple .I select my book ,check out and that automatically takes me to Amazon where I click on load to my kindle and it is there instantly .
You are right I'm sure. But the process is not intuitive. Maybe I didn't get taken automatically to Amazon. I use Firefox. Or maybe I don't remember the details clearly.

Have not done this too many times partly because I've not found that many books available. Seems everything I want to read is either not in the library or only one copy that is not available. I'm clearly disgruntled and enjoying my rant. Don't confuse me with facts.
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