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Libraries pay price for ebook ‘friction’

“Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke is reading “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.” She checked the electronic version of the bestseller out of the library after having been put on a wait list for a copy, liked it, but between one distraction and another couldn’t finish the book before its due date. The library wait list meant it could be months before she could check the book out again to finish it, so Oehlke spent $13 and bought a copy of the ebook. Now, if you think about it, Oehlke’s predicament doesn’t make sense. Electronic books, or ebooks, only exist in cyberspace. Wait lists and renewals shouldn’t matter once Oehlke had downloaded a library copy to her electronic reader.”

via Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers

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