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Publisher starts annual e-book licensing for libraries, attempts blood extraction from stone

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So now cash-strapped public libraries have to pony up license fees on an annual basis because the publisher is concerned that "selling e-books to libraries in perpetuity, if left unchanged, would undermine the emerging e-book ecosystem."
I agree with the title, and the comments. What in tarnation are they trying to accomplish? How is an e-book different from a regular book? Its 0s and 1s, that's the only difference, digital instead of analog. You can't start charging more for them.

As far as it goes, at the rate I read books, they'll be needing to re-license every three months, rather than the quoted year. That's far more than any public library could afford. Seems someone else is trying to kill electronic media distribution again.

The publisher is HarperCollins by-the-way.
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The difference is they CAN make ebooks liscences expire. If they could make paper books turn blank every six months they probably would.
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The difference is they CAN make ebooks liscences expire. If they could make paper books turn blank every six months they probably would.
Ugh. That's so sad, and so true. Maybe selling a digital form of something that can also be made non-digital should legally be required never to expire.
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Yeah. Commercialism and unusable greed destroying capitalism again. When will people finally have enough and hard reset the US? I will not be surprised if others follow suit with this.
     
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Yeah. Commercialism and unusable greed destroying capitalism again. When will people finally have enough and hard reset the US? I will not be surprised if others follow suit with this.
whoops misread it

i wonder why it seems everyone is afraid of the digital age?
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whoops misread it

i wonder why it seems everyone is afraid of the digital age?
They're afraid because it's the last area that they don't have full control over yet. That's what I'm thinking. Otherwise they wouldn't make a big deal about it.
     
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