Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sad news for libraries and ebook lending

This article in Library Journal states that Harper Collins will now limit the number of times a library can lend one of their ebook titles to 26.

The article states:

Josh Marwell, President, Sales for HarperCollins, told LJ that the 26 circulation limit was arrived at after considering a number of factors, including the average lifespan of a print book, and wear and tear on circulating copies.
This is an incredibly terrible idea. I can't imagine what libraries will do when faced with having to repurchase their ebooks after they've been circulated only 26 times.

UPDATE: Here's another link to a story in the NYT about HC, in it you find out that Macmillan and Simon & Schuster don't even make their ebook titles available to libraries.


  1. HarperCollins has also chosen not to enable Kindle book lending for its books.

  2. Hi Catherine!

    Wow, that's really sad news. I noticed that there's a new badge going around on some blogs authored by ereading enthusiasts. It features a HarperCollins logo with a line through it.