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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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