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Penguin to Expand E-Book Lending

19 November 2012

From The New York Times Media Decoder:

Major book publishers and libraries have been sparring for months over acceptable terms for making e-books available for lending. From time to time, they find some common ground.

The Penguin Group plans to announce on Monday that it is expanding its e-book lending program to libraries in Los Angeles and Cleveland.

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The terms of lending will be the same as those they have been testing through 3M systems in New York public libraries since September: Penguin will sell any book to the libraries for lending six months after its release date, each book may be lent to only one patron at a time and at the end of a year the library must buy each book again or lose access to it.

Link to the rest at Media Decoder

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3 Comments to “Penguin to Expand E-Book Lending”

  1. So, Penguin is now letting libraries in Los Angeles and Cleveland join their generous program, where the libraries can loan a book for six months, and then the libraries have to re-purchase the book.

    Oh my, how slowly the wheels of progress do spin.

  2. Sounds reasonable as a framework. Anyone know the costs involved?

  3. “Penguin will sell any book to the libraries for lending six months after its release date, each book may be lent to only one patron at a time and at the end of a year the library must buy each book again or lose access to it.”

    There is nothing reasonable about those terms. Another slap in the face to readers. Way to go, Penguin.

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