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RE: eBooks in Libraries a Thorny Problem, Says Macmillan CEO

There are a number of countries that have PLR programs.  For more 
information see http://www.plrinternational.com

The brief description of what is covered by each country is found 
at http://www.plrinternational.com/plraroundtheworld.pdf

This webpage was updated in 2008 so it may contain out-of-date 

At first blush it doesn't seem to address the concept of e-books.

Gilbert Bede
Systems & Acquisitions Librarian
Okanagan College
Kelowna, BC, Canada

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From: owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu [mailto:owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu] On Behalf Of Eric Hellman
Sent: March 24, 2010 2:13 PM
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
Subject: Re: eBooks in Libraries a Thorny Problem, Says Macmillan CEO

One thing that came up in the comments was the "Public Lending 
Right" payments in the UK. I was aware of this, but didn't 
mention it for lack of actually knowing anything about it. 
Perhaps list members can help me out with this question: do 
"public lending right" payments apply to ebooks, and how does 
that work?

Eric Hellman
President, Gluejar, Inc.
Montclair, NJ 07042  USA

On Mar 23, 2010, at 5:19 PM, Rick Anderson wrote:

> Sargent's comments are intriguing, in particular the quote that
> Chuck pulled:
>> "If there's a model where the publisher gets a piece of the
>> action every time the book is borrowed, that's an interesting
>> model."
> I anticipate that many of my colleagues will bristle at this
> suggestion, mainly because we don't like the idea of any
> corporation getting a "piece of the action" when the action in
> question is a patron borrowing a book.  But of course, the word
> "borrow" becomes immensely complicated in the ebook realm --
> "lending" can mean anything from (at one extreme) outright
> distribution of unlimited copies to all comers at one extreme,
> to (at the other extreme) time-limited read-only access to text
> through a single handheld device passed from patron to patron.
> Then there's the question of what "a piece of the action" might
> actually mean in this context.  What's the action, and how big
> a piece does Sargent want?  What if the library's "acquisition"
> of the ebook in question amounted only to provision of a
> gateway into the book's content, and the library gets
> microcharged with every access?
> There are enormous opportunities here, in part because the
> potential number of models is limitless.  I hope the forces of
> reaction (on both sides of the library/publisher divide) don't
> stymie the innovative possibilities.
> Rick Anderson
> Assoc. Dir. for Scholarly Resources & Collections
> Marriott Library
> Univ. of Utah
> rick.anderson@utah.edu