January 24, 2022

New from Peter Brantley: "Lending E-Books is about B-2-C"

Here’s a new blog post by Peter Brantley on the Publisher’s Weekly site.

Title: “Lending E-Books is about B-2-C”
By: Peter Brantley

From the Blog Post:

Eric Hellman writes that Macmillan CEO John Sargent has said, “You get the book, read it, return it and get another, all without paying a thing. ‘It’s like Netflix, but you don’t pay for it. How is that a good model for us?’ ”

Evidently that’s not a problem for Amazon. If the largest online retailer in the world has made the determination that library e-book lending is not deleterious to its revenues, why has it been so difficult for large publishers to renew their historically much-older library commitments?

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.