March 2, 2011
Harper Collins and Libraries
While the attention of law librarians everywhere was trained on Oak Brook, Illinois and news coming from the AALL Vendor Colloquium, another interesting vendor/library news story has been developing.
Harper Collins has decided to change its agreement with public libraries. It informed OverDrive, a vendor that delivers eBooks to libraries, that Harper Collins eBooks can only be checked out 26 times. After that, libraries will need to "buy" a new copy. Libraries and librarians are angry and calls for a boycott of Harper Collins have been made. Here's a blog/link roundup:
- BoingBoing Blog Post that kicked off the drama
- OverDrive responds
- Harper Collins Responds (Say what you will about our vendors in LawLibraryLand, but at least they never tried a library relations blog called "Library Love Fest" with butterflies and flowers on it!)
- Overview and large collection of links from Library Bloggers by Librarian By Day
- Library Renewal proposes alternative to anger and boycott
- The Librarian in Black proposes a "eBook User Bill of Rights"
- Finally, much of the discussion is occurring on Twitter under the hashtag #hcod
While this doesn't directly affect law libraries NOW, I have a suspicion that this won't be the last time libraries and vendors tussle over eBook circulation rights. [SG]
Every week there is a new blog about publishers, and vendors; discrepancies with libraries concerning eBooks. Like I have said time and time before there is so much drama surrounding these eBooks. Of course publishers and vendors want to maximize profits, because that is why they are in the business; however libraries are a socialized entity, and not for capitalistic ventures. I'm starting to think that libraries may need to stay away from eBooks,and leave that to the bookstores; if these problems keep on arising concerning, the longevity to access of eBooks.
Posted by: Dindi R. | Mar 22, 2011 3:54:02 PM