EBooks : Models of Access and Future of Libraries Discussion

August 27, 2014

Ignore the silly title (references to Breaking Bad are about its success on Netflix and the applicability of Netflix’s access model to books).  This is an excellent presentation of key points by knowledgeable players in the book market and library world today.   A lot of the same issues are starting to confront us with regard to streaming media. Key points seem to be that patron driven access (for books that’s something like FReading) is great if its success is paradoxically kept modest, and that publishers are realizing library users are book buyers, not market cannibals (but they never seemed to doubt this in the print world, right?)  As usual, the future’s both disturbing and comforting depending on whose point you want to latch onto.

 

 

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