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The Digital Reader Weighs In on Macmillan Controversy

The Digital Reader’s Nate Hoffelder has been keeping tabs on Macmillan’s new policy for ebook lending in public libraries. The following are two of his most recent blog posts, with links to others.

InJohn Sargent’s Math Just Doesn’t Add Up,” from Oct. 30, he writes, “Today’s letter makes just as little sense as the one Sargent sent out back in July (PDF). Sargent is apparently convinced that library ebooks—but not the print books in a librarys collection—negatively impact retail ebook sales. … I have already previously shown that the idea that only library ebook usage can hurt retail ebook sales doesn't really make sense given what we know about library patron behavior.”

In “Libraries are Boycotting Macmillan eBooks,” from Nov. 3, he writes, “While some libraries are telling patrons that Macmillan's new restrictions are why its ebooks are not available, others are simply opting not to buy any Macmillan ebooks at all. … The embargo isnt going to accomplish anything, obviously, but whats interesting about the latest developments is that at least one library head is disputing one of Sargents claims, that the libraries had agreed to this change in policy.”

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