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Strayer said:
Libraries would have to buy a new ebook. If you have a book that is going into a library, make sure it is final without mistakes. You need an ISBN for libraries, it's how they sort books for the catalogue.
Though I know we all strive to have the books we publish be as good as they can be when we upload, mistakes happen. But, beyond mistakes, we often upload newer versions that have updated information or links at the end... Maybe you want to update your promotional stuff, like your blog address, etc. Or, more important, if your books are a series. I often update ebook files for clients who want to add the names and links of more recent books in their series so people reading (in this case borrowing) the book can see there are more available.

Regardless as to why you want to update, it would be nice if Amazon and other ebook retailers could track when it's a public library purchasing the book, so they could flag it when new versions are uploaded by the author/publisher and automatically send them an email notifying them an updated version is available. Doesn't seem like it would be hard to do.

Maybe if enough people make the inquiry/request to Amazon, they will address this challenge.
 

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Bards and Sages (Julie) said:
Libraries don't purchase ebooks from Amazon because the license won't allow them to lend it. Libraries purchase from Overture or other library-centric services.
Really? How interesting... and somewhat unfortunate. Going to Amazon for a fix seemed daunting, but doable. Not sure how, or if, addressing it with the entities you mentioned is even possible. Any ideas???
 

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Julie, thanks for the info and insights. I didn't know about the library systems, and your take on when to update or not is food for thought. Thanks!
 
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