The Morning Coffee – 4 February 2013

Here are a few stories to read this morning.

  • Are eBook borrowers eBook buyers? (Lulu Blog)
  • A Brilliant Parody of DRM (Forbes)
  • Discovery of eBooks Will Never Improve Until Retailers and Publishers Learn to Speak Like Customers (Dear Author)
  • Don’t Quit Your Day Job – Traditional Publishing by the Numbers (Amazing Stories)
  • Everything's Coming Up EBooks: 5 Great Digital-Only Reads (Book Riot)
  • More thoughts about the future of bookstores, triggered by Barnes & Noble's predictions for itself (The Shatzkin Files)
  • On Writing Full-Time (circa 2013) (Brian Keene)

3 thoughts on “The Morning Coffee – 4 February 2013

  1. Regular borrower, regular buyer.

    But I have guilt every time I borrow because I know about the rapacious rates libraries have to pay the publishers. I really struggle almost daily with the morality of eBook borrowing from an already stressed library system. I can afford an assortment of e-toys. Is it really the library’s mission to keep me up to my elbows in books which (depending on publisher) drain resources with every checkout because the number of checkouts is finite?

    I’ve also seen some numbers on %age of resources going to ebooks vs. %age of library patrons using them. There’s no way my regular borrowing isn’t contributing to an imbalance which – let’s face it – is rewarding the haves at the expense of the have-nots.

    My library allows for contributions ($) to cover ebook resource acquisition costs, and I’ve thrown in a little bit, but I’m sure it doesn’t even cover my freading checkouts.

    1. And another thing. I can buy a hardcopy of a current best seller and donate it to the library for circulation. No can do with e-books. F*ck that.

  2. Oj829: the way I make up for it is keep my eyes open, and when I see a hardback that is hot and on sale, I buy it solely for the purpose to donate it to the library. That’s my way of making up for it.

    I wish libraries could set up wishlists for ebooks, like the ones on Amazon, that patrons could donate money towards, with the priviledge of being amongst the first to borrow the ebook.

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