Godfray warns on library e-lending

Godfray warns on library e-lending

Free e-lending in libraries could cause "serious damage" to the bookselling industry, Booksellers Association (BA) chief Tim Godfray has said.

Speaking as part of the Chief Executive Panel at the BA's Academic, Professional and Specialist Conference at Surrey's Wotton House yesterday (11th March), Godfray said free loans of digital books to consumers for minimum effort had serious ramifications.

"This is a pretty big problem," Godfray said. "With free e-book lending, we are able to download a book for free without leaving the house. It is so easy. If it is so easy to get a book for free i...

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