Libraries have started a boycott against the publisher Harper Collins. This is because Harper Collins is requiring libraries to limit the number of times they loan out an ebook to twenty-six. I wrote about this in a previous blog entry.
Because of the tight economy, many libraries have had their funding cut. In response to this, libraries have reduced their employees, shortened their hours, and reduced the number of days they operate. While all of this is going on, Harper Collins swoops in and says, “Guess what! We found a way to charge you more money if you buy ebooks from us!” To see how the libraries feel about this, click here!
It will be interesting to see how this plays out, but I wish it hadn’t happened in the first place. I think publishers should be helping libraries any way they can… Not finding ways to squeeze more money out of them.