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New Bilbary e-rental venture - "Libraries can prosper - if they change", by Tim Coates

"The plan to allow the reading public to rent e-books, much as they rent movies, has proved so much more contentious than its pioneer, the former Waterstones managing director Tim Coates, had hoped.

That publishers are chary of the idea of his new Bilbary e-rental venture, which launched this week, is perhaps not entirely surprising: although the e-rentals automatically delete themselves when the borrowing time expires, they fear the scheme might harm sales.

Less controversial, however, is Mr Coates' generous pledge to donate a good chunk of Bilbary's profits to campaigns to keep open libraries threatened by government budget cuts. Hundreds of the nation's 4,000 public libraries are at risk; and campaigners' attempts to persuade courts and councils to keep them open are largely failing."

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Bilbary Seeks to Heal the Digital Rift Between Publishers and Libraries | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News

Bilbary Seeks to Heal the Digital Rift Between Publishers and Libraries | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Mercy Pilkington:

"Bilbary Seeks to Heal the Digital Rift Between Publishers and Libraries."

 

"When ebook platform Bilbary launches sometime in March or April, it will have something that can’t be found in one uniform web location: ebook access from all of the Big Six publishers. Currently, the negotiations surrounding Bilbary’s partnership with those and some 2,300 other publishers are for ebook purchasing, although some of those major publishers are already at work on lending the ebooks to users for a rental fee rather than a purchase price.Founder Tim Coates, the former CEO of Waterstone’s, Sherratt & Hughes, and WHSmith and a long-time advocate for public libraries, developed Bilbary with the intention of bridging the current divide between public libraries who wish to lend ebooks to their patrons and the publishers who have to guard the interests of their companies and their authors."

 

 

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