All but one of the articles linked in this post were published on May 7th and May 8th.
+ “Open Letter to HarperCollins” (From the San Rafael Public Library, via Librarian in Black)
Maine InfoNet Executive Director James Sanborn said the average cost of an eBook license is around $15, ranging from $8 to $10 for older titles to $24 to $27 for newer bestsellers.
Sanborn said libraries have reacted strongly against HarperCollins because they are concerned that other major publishers would follow suit.
“I’m obviously concerned about that being the case,” Sanborn said. “I’m hoping the negative publicity (HarperCollins) got around this will keep other publishers from doing it.
“Right now, [e-books are] just gravy, but at some point this is going to be how a lot of people are reading and this isn’t a sustainable business model for reading,” said Kate Sheehan, an information specialist with Bibliomation, a Connection consortium of public and school libraries. “If this becomes the precedent for the long-term it’s going to be devastating for libraries.”