A month back, HarperCollin released this letter.
It basically states that as far as ebooks and libraries go, HarperCollins will only allow 26 loans. They have some absurd idea that physical books only last for 26 loans and after that, they are so damaged the library is forced to buy a new copy. Not true!
Mass market paperback, the cheapest binding possible, do not die at the 27th loan. Hardcovers surely don’t either!
If they did, my childhood mss would have fallen apart a long time ago. The pages are yellowed and there is the odd stain, but the pages have not fallen out. You may be sure I read and reread my favorites far more than 26 times!
Even if physical books were prone to such damage, so what? The near perpetual lifetime of ebooks is one of their attractions.
I could understand their canceling the library’s license to a book after 500 loans (or five years, whichever comes first) but 26? That just makes no sense.
I don’t know. Maybe they are trying to make the library to buy their physical books and avoid their ebooks. But that seems a little out there.
Why are they doing this?
- Petition against HarperCollins ebook/library policy garners 53,786 signatures (teleread.com)
- Harper Collins, Lay off! (andrewbwatt.wordpress.com)
- HarperCollins Wants Library EBooks to Self-Destruct After 26 Loans (yro.slashdot.org)
- Librarians giving the lie to HarperCollins (philbradley.typepad.com)
- “HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations” and related posts (cynical-c.com)
- HarperCollins to restrict library e-book loans (i-programmer.info)
- Halifax Library Boycotts HarperCollins eBooks (techdirt.com)
- What Does HarperCollins Really Want? (bcmom.livejournal.com)
- HarperCollins limits downloads on public library eBooks (slashgear.com)