Could downloaded e-books be the saviour of libraries? | Cain on Culture @MatthewCainC4 | The Information Professional |
There's no comprehensive service for e-book lending. So tomorrow the Department of Culture, Media and Sport will announce a review into the best way to make e-books available to all library users.


"Insisting on a visit to the library to download an e-book might be one way of protecting libraries from closure in an increasingly digital future. But there’s another threat – from online retailer Amazon, who make the best-selling e-reading device, the Kindle. Amazon currently refuses to license Kindle technology to libraries, prompting fears it could launch its own nationwide e-lending service, which could perhaps further undermine both the publishing industry and the local library – whatever the outcome of the government’s review on e-lending."