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September 24, 2019 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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The Digital Reader Chimes In on Macmillan Controversy

Nate Hoffelder writes the following on his The Digital Reader blog:

It seems a lot of people in publishing are convinced that library ebooks are responsible for retail ebook sales being down. This belief has … now grown to include a concatenating belief that Amazon is the one telling publishers about the supposed connection between library ebooks and retail ebook sales declining.

I still don't [believe] that Amazon is doing that; I think it is an example of gossip spread in the industry before showing up in the media. But I don't want to debate that today; instead, I want to discuss the underlying premise.

The idea that library ebooks (in and of themselves) have a negative impact on retail ebook sales simply makes no sense to this ebook buyer.

It simply doesn't match up with my understanding of how people use libraries. …

The underlying premise for this belief is that because people can get a library ebook, they won't buy the retail ebook. This demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of consumer behavior.

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