I saw this post on the Librarian in Black Sarah Houghton’s blog and found it interesting and worth sharing here. The frustration felt by many librarians must be extraordinary as more and more patrons come in asking why they can’t borrow the latest books for their readers. Libraries would love to serve their Kindle and Nook owning patrons. Publishers would really love to sell their books to those same patrons. Unfortunately the publishers have the law behind them.
What is a reader to do? What is a librarian to do? Making people aware of the situation is the best way to start. Alerting patrons to alternatives to big ticket eBooks (for lack of a better term) is also a good idea. There are many inexpensive works from independent authors as well as free public domain works. Libraries can still supply their patrons with books, even the e variety, but it may be through a different medium than the circulation desk. The patron may come back not because they have to to return the book but for another suggestion. Imagine a library as a place where readers come to share good reads. In an increasingly digital world this may be the key to the library’s survival.
Here is a link to the full article http://librarianinblack.net/librarianinblack/2012/02/ebooksign.html
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