Posting to Autocat
On 27/02/2012 15:33, Brenndorfer, Thomas wrote:
The report seems a little too optimistic: http://crl.acrl.org/content/early/2012/01/09/crl-309.full.pdf Quote: “While the printed book is far from extinct, many users find the e-book reader experience to be as good or better than a paper book and the digital rights management systems have satisfied publishers.” Contrast that assertion with the news about Penguin Books exiting the library e-book market: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/02/ebooks/penguin-group-terminating-its-contract-with-overdrive/ Quote: “However, one upshot of those talks, as LJ reported, was publishers’ concerns that if library loans become too “frictionless,” in other words, do not involve a physical trip to the library to borrow and return a book, that it will eat into their sales. The desire to increase this friction may lead the recalcitrant publishers to demand a business model in which they will only make their ebooks available to public libraries if they are used in the library or if a patron is required to bring their device to the library and load the title onto the device in the library, then bring it home. This would essentially eliminate all the convenience of borrowing ebooks from a home computer or device.”
Good point. In my own opinion: sooner or later, these people will be forced to come around and give the public what they want. While I realize that these companies do not want to see their business models change, that is just too bad–it is changing whether they like it or not. Newspaper publishing is changing, journals, music, movies, and yes, libraries too. Nobody in those industries want those changes, but they are happening no matter what. We can either adapt, which means to figure out what people want and provide it as best we can, or just shake our heads, say no, no, no! and slowly become extinct. The Penguin attitude is exactly the same as that taken by the dinosaurs and unless they are incredibly lucky for some reason, they will end up in the same place. No tears from me!
We can reply, “Oh! But Penguin is a major publisher.” What happened to Kodak? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16625725 They were much bigger than Penguin ever was.
Apologies for tooting my own horn, but in my paper in Oslo, http://blog.jweinheimer.net/2012/02/revolution-in-our-minds-seeing-the-world-anew.html, I focused on libraries, but exactly the same idea of “survival of the fittest” goes for *all* organizations. Everybody is feeling the heat (or cold!).