The library community has been struggling with the increasing demand for e-books among their patrons. Wildly inflated prices (often ten times what consumers pay), severe restrictions, and outright refusal to loan by many publishers has led libraries to slash budgets for other materials, and to abandon their collection standards in a desperate attempt to fill their virtual shelves with something, anything.
Meanwhile, consumers are more and more being frustrated by the clampdown on perfectly legitimate lending of e-books that they own. The shut down of LendInk, a site to facilitate legal sharing, is just the latest symptom of this trend.
Balancing these factors is the importance of copyright, and the perfectly reasonable desire of publishers and authors to control the distribution of books they have created.
Keeping this in mind, how has the digital revolution changed what it means to "own" a particular story?
The Board Administration Team
(hapax, Kit Whitfield and mmy)