Call to move libraries into 21st century sparks ebook lending review

“The government is preparing to announce a review into ebook lending following calls from the opposition to move libraries “into the 21st century”. Although some of the UKs library authorities do offer ebook lending, many do not, and many publishers have been wary of making their digital titles available for lending, meaning the range of ebooks in libraries is often restricted.With potential solutions ranging from the suggestion from Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon and chair of the all-party parliamentary committee on libraries, that “a small charge for an ebook should be applicable, with the money shared between the publishers and the physical community library”, to HarperCollins controversial move to restrict loans to 26 per ebook, a Department for Culture, Media and Sport DCMS spokesman has said the culture minister, Ed Vaizey, will soon announce an independent review into ebook lending.”

via Guardian

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