Writing in the Guardian, Cory Doctorow speaks about the “indefensible” deal Harper Collins has made with libraries. As Cory puts it, “Harper Collins has informed libraries that henceforth, e-books will be sold on the condition that they can only be circulated 26 times before they self-destruct.”
But, as the article says, the durability of e-books is not a bug, it’s a feature!
Of course ebooks don’t wear out. Programming them to self-destruct after 26 checkouts is tantamount to asking librarians to embrace entropy. Anyone who thinks that this is going to happen has never spent any time with a librarian.
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