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Outrage at TOC conference over Penguin's move to halt e-book lending in US libraries

Publishers once again shoot themselves in the foot, and once again libraries are expressing their outrage saying that they refuse to become “collateral damage.” The Revson Foundation’s Julie Sandford offers this insight calling libraries “the last remaining civic public square”.

She (Sandford) and others reminded listeners that at a time of declining bricks-and-mortar stores, “libraries have real estate in every community. They can showcase and sell; they could become the new Barnes & Noble front window. Think about the utility of that.”

Maybe Penguin missed this post on Digital Book World the other day, Library Patrons Buy Books They Borrow, Study Says. Moves by publishers to restrict lending means the publishers “may be leaving money on the table.”

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