Here’s an interesting thread of stories regarding Penguin’s dance around the availability of eBooks for libraries. Are they in? Are they out? New ones? Old ones?
Following yesterday’s news that Penguin, citing security concerns, is pulling its new e-books from libraries—and making none of them available for library lending through Kindle—many are wondering why the publisher would do such a thing.
On the same topic, you may recall last year’s furor regarding Harper Collin’s announcement that their e-books when sold to libraries would self-destruct following only 26 ‘reads’.
(Penguin and Random House had been the only two “big six” publishers to offer unfettered access to e-books through libraries; now Random House is alone in doing so.)
Here are some possible reasons, none of which are “Penguin is stupid and is trying to make itself obsolete”—but all of which are a response to high demand for e-books in libraries, and I might argue that attempts to curtail or impede that demand are, at a minimum, counterproductive.