Publishing 'sleepwalking into oblivion' over library e-book lending barriers, says librarian

Publishing 'sleepwalking into oblivion' over library e-book lending barriers, says librarian

The book world is “sleepwalking into oblivion” if there are not changes to the terms under which e-books are made available to libraries, a chief librarian has warned.

In recent weeks, the US has seen a number of controversies on the issue, including a demand to Congress by the American Library Association for more effective licensing and lower pricing.

But, according to a report by Carol Boswarthack on behalf of The Society of Chief Librarians, the situation in the UK is far worse. Restrictions imposed by publishers mean e-book titles are up to three times more expensive than print, limi...

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