LibraryJournal has an article “HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations“. Did you read it? Will this be applicable to their children’s division, too? Should you be concerned?
“In the first significant revision to lending terms for ebook circulation, HarperCollins has announced that new titles licensed from library ebook vendors will be able to circulate only 26 times before the license expires….Josh Marwell, President, Sales for HarperCollins, told LJ that the 26 circulation limit was arrived at after considering a number of factors, including the average lifespan of a print book, and wear and tear on circulating copies.”
I have often written asking what the lifespan of a print book is. Some vendors will guarantee their bindings for the “life of a book” but no one can really tell me what this is. Now HarperCollins is telling us the magic number is 26.
Hah! I don’t agree. My titles circulate far more than this. I can think of three football titles recently published that have already circulated over 70 times this school year. The boys read them, return them, and immediately check out another in the series. With HarperCollins rulings if they were reading this as an ebook, I’d already be buying my third copy or digital license.
This week my students and I have been talking about which e-readers we want at school. One of my teachers let me borrow her kindle for the day (the joy!), another student brought in her Sony e-reader and showed it to a group of us, two other students said they’d asked their moms to bring in their color Nooks, but their moms are too attached to them and didn’t want to risk losing them. Barnes and Noble is offering a free coffee to anyone who comes in to view the Nook today.I just purchased Follett’s eShelf for my school library with a minimum 30 titles to start sharing next week.
Suddenly though I am frozen by the idea that I could invest in e-books that don’t last 3 months with their rights. HarperCollins, I am concerned. Have you considered school libraries and our digital usage? Will this extend to all of your titles? Are other publishers going to do this, too? Looks like I won’t be buying a new ereader for the school library today after all until I get some answers.
In the meantime, I want to know what you, the reader, thinks. Should ebooks have limits to the number of times you can check them out? Is 26 a reasonable number?