EBook Business Models for Public Libraries
A primary area of focus for ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group has been on ebook business models that are favorable to public libraries. A business model essential is the library’s ability to retain a copy of an ebook file, lend an ebook, and transfer the ebook to another platform. Beyond this principle, what other attributes would libraries consider in a licensing arrangement with publishers? “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries” describes those terms librarians should examine in licenses - both good and bad – when acquiring ebooks.