For book publishers, the digital shift seems to be a good news/bad news story. The World Wide Web is a platform full of opportunity for reaching customers, who are too cheap to pay reasonable prices and might just steal you blind! Publishers aren’t sure what to expect because, until now, they have never dealt directly with readers. They let middle folk—distributors, wholesalers, and retailers—do that. Apparently they prefer it that way. I can’t really think of any other reason why, when a major trade publisher decides to put further limits on what they will allow their libraries customers to do, they duck for cover and let OverDrive be the messenger. In a few days, ALA officials will track them down in New York to see if they’re willing to talk. [More from LJ here.] I’m not sure they’ll drop their “we love libraries, but you can’t have our ebooks” approach, but since they won’t come to us, I’m glad that ALA is going to them.