Libraries, Ebooks and Priorities

shutterstock_55861942Cleveland’s library system spent about $23,000 buying 300 ebook copies of Fifty Shades of Grey, according to one of its directors.
Whether you’re shocked at the price of each ebook copy (about $78), or that a public library would use funds that could be put toward other things to buy the best-seller probably goes to show whether you’re a librarian or someone else.
Librarians say that they provide the reading material that their communities demand and it’s not for them to decide what is essential information. They also want lower prices for ebooks. Critics say that if librarians don’t like the prices, they shouldn’t pay them.
Of course, it’s truly much more complicated than that. Read more.
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The rest of the day’s top news:

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BookBub’s Marketing Machine (DBW)
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Webcast: Ten Points in Developing Digital Publishing Strategy (DBW)
With more U.S. adults reading ebooks than ever, it’s important to have a good handle on overall digital publishing strategy. Learn ten points to consider in this free webcast. Register today.
University Presses on Death Bed? (
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Related: Digital Book World 2014 dives into the world of academic publishing. Learn more.

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