Harper Collins is allowing libraries that have purchased e-books only to have them checked out 26 times before they ‘disappear’. Let’s take a walk on the wild side and see what this means.
Michael Crichton comes out with yet another book (Pirate Latitudes) and this book is on the top sellers list for quite a while. My local library purchases this book for $27.95 and, as of the day I wrote this, has had that book checked out 13 times. We will assume 1 check out per week. So in a total of 26 weeks, if it were an e-book, POOF it would be gone. Luckily, that is not the case with hard copies of books. My local library stated that their hard copy books last at least two years in their system.
Now let’s get some stats for that same book in e-book format. The library would pay $8.99 for this book (approximately). They have 26 checkouts until it goes POOF. The same book in paper will last for 2 years, that is 104 weeks (rounded to the nearest whole number) at one check out per week you would have to purchase the book 4 times per the 26 check out rule. This would then cost the library $35.96.
I know that a mere $8.01 is not going to break the bank, but if you look at the state of affairs for the local library system, you may have a slightly different feeling on this.
I love e-books, I write e-books, but when it comes at the expense of the library system in any state, or country, I can’t join Harper Collins and say they have a good idea. What are your thoughts on this?