“This service really takes advantage of all that digital circulation offers to libraries: the option for patron-based acquisitions, just-in-time collection development, paying for actual use rather than pre-purchasing content that may never be used, et cetera,” he said. “That is the model we should be pushing publishers to support. It’s also based on DRM, which we as a profession should support as well. It benefits us if publishers maintain some control over their copyrighted content—especially if they do so in a way that supports libraries.”

The content distribution model used by the EBL allows for libraries to provide purchased content to the user’s device without requiring the library to own the device as well, Corbett said. He added: “It’s an important start to separating the content from the device, which I recognize is not always the intent of the device manufacturers themselves—but it should be the goal of publishers and libraries.

Links:

Association of American Publishers

McGraw-Hill Education

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Center for Democracy and Technology

Oregon State University

Pace University

Seton Hill University

Cushing Academy

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