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This will be interesting to see how this impacts other digital libraries.

The thought we've been presented with is... when you buy an ebook (with tax payer money) you really don't have anything tangible to show for it.

Granted, the same holds true for any ebook, which is fine if it's your own money and your own choice, but when you're spending other people's money, are ebooks a reasonable "thing" to buy?

I think the whole ebook market is opening up a whole new set of questions and issues.
 

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cork_dork_mom said:
This will be interesting to see how this impacts other digital libraries.

The thought we've been presented with is... when you buy an ebook (with tax payer money) you really don't have anything tangible to show for it.

Granted, the same holds true for any ebook, which is fine if it's your own money and your own choice, but when you're spending other people's money, are ebooks a reasonable "thing" to buy?

I think the whole ebook market is opening up a whole new set of questions and issues.
Taxpayer money pays for a lot of intangible items already. In fact, I'd say most of we get for our money is intangible. But on the level we're talking about, consider the huge numbers of software licenses our public services purchase. You may be right, but I don't think ebook licenses will become a topic of debate in library budgetary discussions.
 

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Libraries are already getting e-books from Overdrive, but they have low checkout limits and when reached the book is removed from the library's system.  At least with the Smashwords books that probably won't happen.
 

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Joyce DeBacco said:
Great for some, but speaking as an unknown author, my sales are almost non-existent at SW. Why are readers suddenly going to find my books at a library when they clearly can't find them at SW?

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I think we need to look beyond our own personal needs on this one. Like you, my SW sales (or sales anywhere else) won't garner my books enough attention to warrant library sales...now. But it sets the stage for such opportunity in the future. Even if SW sales are nil, if your books do well elsewhere, libraries (via their patrons) will start looking for them, and if you're in SW, then the avenue has been opened.
 

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Okay, speaking as a reader then, why will e-books be easier to find in a library than online? The same system of locating them is there--choose genre, then scan hundreds of books. The main advantage I see is when libraries also loan out e-readers to their patrons.

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