LJNDawson.com, Consulting to the Book Publishing Industry
Book Publishing Industry Consultant

Dirty little secret

What publishers don?t want to say, and what they will never say but which is nevertheless the truth, is?they hate libraries. 
The business model between libraries and publishers is not a favorable one for publishers. It?s a one-to-many relationship ? in other words, a library orders 50 copies of Harry Potter from the publisher, and 5000 people get to read it. Diluting the value of each copy significantly. If you are a publisher, this is not a business model you want to encourage. 
Increasingly, this is going to become an issue. Digital downloads ? audiobooks, ebooks ? are hitting libraries like?well, less like a tidal wave than like a really good Maui pipe. And the one-to-many relationship will explode. What then?

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