A MAJOR reason why libraries shouldn’t rejoice over the Amazon-OverDrive deal?

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image“Privately, some publishers says that the alliance will eventually limit ebook offerings to libraries rather than expand them, as at least some companies fear that unlimited library lending across all major platforms will cannibalize ebook sales.” – Today’s Publisher’s Lunch.

See why libraries might want to get into the business of creating original content, especially from the communities they serve? In the other direction, what if publishers wise up and decide that it would be better to deal with the libraries directly and eliminate the middlemen? Lots of opps for “Buy” links—no small help when so many bookstores are shutting down. And do libraries and publishers really want to pay the costs that direct dealing could eliminate?

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