Problem is, the big six publishers are not liking the idea of libraries lending e-books. Four of them refuse to open their e-catalogs to libraries. The other two are charging extra money or limiting lending. At one point, Random House tripled its prices to libraries.
A recent study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project found 28 percent of American adults own a tablet or e-reader, with ownership nearly doubling during the last holiday season.The article noted that libraries are wrestling with how much to spend on e-books since they don't actually own them.
A Kindle owner can buy Jonathan Kellerman's "Victims" for $12.99, for example, but a library must pay $84 to lease access to the same e-book through Overdrive…Plus, libraries can't share the e-books among facilities. And they can't accept e-books as donations.
I'm thinking librarians know how many times a print book can be checked out before it is too worn to be kept on the shelves. Why not apply that number to e-books? Say, if the average print books can hold up to 30 readings before it is too damaged to lend anymore, then an e-book can be lent 30 times before it disappears and the library buys a new one.
What ideas do you have on this?