But in spite of the litany of bad news, it wasn’t until I saw a particular PDF yesterday that I was reminded just how limited the selection of fiction ebooks really were.
I came across a PDF yesterday which I would like to share with you. It was put together by someone with Douglas County Libraries, and it shows just how many ebooks which the library cannot buy.
They took the latest USA Today Best Seller List and then looked up the prices. All 25 titles are available in paper, of course, and you can also buy them from most any decent ebookstore (Nook and Kindle were checked for price). But if a library wants to buy these popular ebooks, they’re out of luck.
Only six of the 25 titles on this list can be bought as library ebooks.
What’s even worse is that they are all selling at ridiculous prices, and 3 of the 6 titles are the 50 Shades trilogy. I doubt that they will appeal to most readers. So really there are only 3 ebooks from the USA Today Best Seller list in US libraries.
Yeah, I don’t think the major publishers like libraries much, in spite of claims to the contrary.
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