Been offline over the weekend? You may have missed the news on HarperCollins new licences for ebooks for libraries. This came to the attention of librarians via a message from Overdrive CEO Steve Potash, who did not actually mention the publisher’s name. HarperCollins confirmed it was the publisher in question.
Two key things to note is the limit of 26 checkouts of titles and tightening up on geographical use – who libraries are issuing cards to. There are around 25 Australian library services listed on the Overdrive site.
I won’t go into other details as others have written about this already. You can read:
- HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations – LibraryJournal.com
- Let’s Play Rent-a-Book – David Lee King
- Publishing Industry Forces OverDrive and Other Library eBook Vendors to Take a Giant Step Back – Bobbi L. Newman
For some it was the proverbial straw provoking them to feelings of anger and disgust.
Others wanting to express their frustration and look for some light-hearted responses started tweeting satirical book titles using the tag #hcodtitles.
If you are handy with the digital imaging, you might like to enter the LOLbrarians competition inspired by this news. Check out LOLibrarians: a Photoshop Contest at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.