Monday, 1 November 2010

Row over e book lending between Libraries and Publishers Association Continues

The controversy surrounding the Publishers Association's guidelines on e-book lending continues with the Booksellers Association weighing in on the argument in favour of the PA. The PA recommends that users visit a library to borrow a digital title rather than access titles remotely because some libraries had overstepped their agreements on library lending.  The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals has accused it of being "restrictive" for library users.

The PA's guidelines have split opinion among librarians, publishers and retailers since they were unveiled last week.

Annie Mauger, CILIP chief executive, said: "This is a restrictive move for library users in the digital age. Libraries are working so hard to ensure ease of access through all media to their services and to books and the geographical restrictions on e-books are not good for the development of digital access to libraries. The best way to solve this is to keep talking."

Library consultant John Dolan said there were "kaleidoscopic ways" in which the web was changing distribution and the contact between creator and audience. He said: "There's a different future ahead—both print and digital—and it needs to be shared. For libraries, if we don't design that future, others will."

Read more: BA backs PA over e-lending, CILIP calls it 'restrictive':

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