Alternative to U.S. model for public library book contracts

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Just read an interesting post, http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/14/pay-us-for-library-ebook-loans, on how U.K. authors are paid by the national government every time their books are circulated in the public library. The Society of Authors is now wanting the same kind of agreement for their eBooks as well, which are currently being circulated without any payments to authors.

While such a scheme would never find purchase in our country — too “socialists” I imagine, it did remind me that there are alternatives to our current, confusing web of eBook licensing.

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