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It becomes increasingly clear how hopelessly outdistanced libraries in the digital age. Work hard to put in place an agreement on the lending of e-books, class struggle writing about today.
But it is impossible to find a good solution to this problem, for several reasons.
The solution outlined is that libraries purchase a license that gives them permission to rent out a certain number of digital files. Compared with Spotify and Wimp it becomes obvious how weak solution is: It is free for users. There is no reason anymore. A subscription to Spotify and Wimp costs 100 dollars a month, it could well also cost to be “digital customer” in a library, but it is impossible. Libraries will be free to the customer, that is the whole point of the library, but why they have not the money to fund a proper model.
At a digital file may only be “borrowed” a certain number of times, is a very counterintuitive solution and necessary only because the first is so bad. And you will not have enough resources in the system to create a good and user-friendly model for digital rental.
If, on the other hand, opened up that libraries could make the payment, it would be very unfortunate, since then the practice would become a commercial company with lots of government subsidies in the back. It would hamper innovation in the private market, which from experience is far better at innovating forward innovative solutions.
For publishers, the situation is just annoying: Libraries are the best to have a very bad solution with low usability. And as long as the libraries are there, it’s harder for other private operators to enter the market.
Class warfare tells about the situation in Denmark, where libraries have been extended to lend e-books, much to the dismay of the commercial sector, “On Monday, it became clear that the negotiations between the Danish publishers and libraries had collapsed, after it proved that 90% of e-books that were downloaded were from libraries. “
It is illustrative: Libraries are a direct competitor to private actors who have the ability and resources to innovate and create the future of reading solutions.
We need to get over the complex. Books will no longer be free. Spotify and Wimp is almost free and staking out a road book industry also should go. Where does that leave libraries? In history’s scrap heap.
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