Borrow My Borrowed Book

The issue of media ownership vs. rental isn’t just a music industry concern. Earlier this week, Publishers Weekly published a news item questioning and explaining some of the mechanics about how libraries purchase (license) eBooks from publishers.

Libraries to most folks are all about conservation and permanence. Heck, over 90% of all the US libraries that Andrew Carnegie funded 100 years ago are still standing! It struck me as curious to think of a library patron borrowing an eBook from a library who in turn has effectively borrowed it from the publisher. How far can that be extrapolated?

The next few years will see all forms of media wrestling with the issues of folks ‘owning’ media versus folks ‘renting’ their media.

Speaking of libraries, the attached photo is the ~3,600-disc-strong CD collection of the Medfield Public Library in Medfield, MA. Discs that they own and lend to their patrons.