The Greatest Threat to Amazon May Just Be Libraries

The Greatest Threat to Amazon May Just Be Libraries
Instead of turning the members of its community away for an eBook that is already borrowed, the library is ideally situated to sell them the eBook they wished to read, right when they wished to read it. There is nothing stopping a library from becoming an eBookseller. This capability is available from all of the major library solution suppliers who are equally well versed in eBook technologies and the publisher-required DRM necessary for them to be sold directly to consumers.

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Libraries a "Threat" to Amazon

Your suggestion that libraries sell Amazon's ebooks for them seems to me to be against our profession's basic tenets. I personally couldn't countenance this action: I'm a librarian, not a shill.

The bigger knife-in-the-heart

The bigger knife-in-the-heart to this idea is when the public library is part of a governmental agency involved in a private sector enterprise. It could be feasible for libraries that are owned by associations or foundations, but not ones funded by taxpayer money.

Interpretation

>>Your suggestion that libraries sell Amazon's ebooks

I did not interpret the blog post to be suggesting that the library direct the patron to Amazon to purchase the book. I think the poster was suggesting that the library find a vendor that would allow the library to directly sell the books. The language they use is "There is nothing stopping a library from becoming an eBookseller. This capability is available from all of the major library solution suppliers who are equally well versed in eBook technologies and the publisher-required DRM necessary for them to be sold directly to consumers."

I don't see how this language is talking about Amazon. Is Amazon a "major library solution supplier?"

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