But then I began to think: this idea could be workable. I could accept those terms--patrons can only download a library's ebooks if they came to the library --if some of the other requirements were lifted:
- No waiting. If the library owns the ebook, it is available when you come in to download it, no matter how many other people have also downloaded it.
- No DRM, or a loan period so long that DRM doesn't really matter. I'd say at least 6 months; a year would be better.
- Costs must be reasonable. Libraries should expect to pay more for ebook distribution rights than they would for a single copy of a hardback book, but costs should be in line with libraries' current expenses. (I think I'll explore what this means in a future post).
We've already given up so much in our pathetic attempts to be at the ebook table. I see some potential here to win back some power.