The Thing About Publishers, Lending E-books, and Libraries…

Is that the publishers aren’t paying attention to the voracious habits of people who read e-books. A craze that continues to grow almost daily. It seems they are still treating e-books like print books, and even worse, treating people who read e-books like people who read print books.

I’ve learned a lot from the comment threads on my blog posts about why people pirate e-books. In this particular post, people have opened up and shared more than I ever thought they would. I’ve always been a huge supporter of libraries and I often buy used books. I even bought my Kobo because I can borrow e-books at the library with it. And, I don’t just read library books and used books. I buy new books often.

HarperCollins did something interesting with a loan cap on e-books. You can read more about it here, where the details are explained far better than I ever could. Read the comments, too. This one is particularly interesting. “This will hurt the publishers but they don’t know it yet. They will lose sales by cutting us out. Readers don’t buy all the books they read, but they have always bought enough to pay the bills. We buy books, too. If nobody can share a book, nobody cares. That’s not piracy, that’s “social networking” before it got trademarked.”

All I can say is that as an author I’ve always supported the public library system. As a reader, I have my own print copy of THE HOTEL AT THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET circulating between two different friends as I write this post. And if publishers continue to make it harder and harder for libraries and readers, no one’s going to wind up happy…especially not the authors. And I can tell you right now I’ve had my own share of grievances with print publishers regarding back listed e-books I’ve been in. I’m just glad I signed non-exclusives with these publishers at the time, never thinking my work with them would wind up in digital print and I wouldn’t be receiving royalties. And now I’m not too thrilled about the restrictions they are putting on libraries.