Posted by: bluesyemre | June 30, 2014

Why It’s Difficult For Your Library to Lend Ebooks

Boston, MA 042214 Bates Hall at Boston Public Library, Tuesday, April 22 2014. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff) section: Business slug: Location, Location reporter:


A pilot program operating in Massachusetts that officials hope to expand has library officials excited about the prospect of increasing access to ebooks and digital content for the state’s library patrons. The program is run through the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), a state-funded nonprofit that coordinates sharing between libraries statewide. It allows participating libraries to access one broad, common collection of ebooks. Currently, individual libraries and regional networks have their own ebook collections. The pilot program has seen 51 libraries participate, and officials hope it ultimately operates statewide. The significance of the program might be lost on library patrons and consumers who are unaware of how ebook lending at libraries works, or the long, grinding conflict between libraries and the publishing industry over how ebooks are procured.

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