‘We Do Not Want You To Borrow E-Books’

April 12, 2012 12:52 am

We have always wondered, what could possibly be the incentive for publishers behind the whole ‘lending e-books’ thing, particularly when it comes to public libraries. We had spotted multiple e-book stats, kindle stats and nook stats. We spotted this today:

“Want to borrow “The Help,” the novel by Kathryn Stockett? On New Jersey’s state e-book consortium, 375 people were waiting for a copy recently. At the New York Public Library’s Web site, 193 members had put a hold on a digital edition of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, which begins with “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

How about the immensely popular novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James? Thirty-three people were waiting for the e-book on the Seattle Public Library’s site.

“We hear a lot of frustration,” said Christopher Platt, the director of collections and circulation operations at the New York Public Library. “It’s rational. We don’t expect our readers to understand the complexities of the publishing industry.””

Statistics Source: NYTimes

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