Apparently Words Wear Out
And so it begins.
To the champions of eBooks (which I am, in principal) this feels inevitable; the time-limiting of texts. HarperCollins has announced that US libraries will be allowed to lend ebooks only up to 26 times. Its sales president, Josh Marwell, believes that’s only fair: 26, he claims, is the average number of loans a print book would survive before having to be replaced, but library tests have proven this to be utter rubbish.
If that was the case, how come I can buy fifty year-old novels that have obviously passed through a great many hands without falling to bits? No DVD seller limits you to 26 views because that’s the number of times a print runs in a cinema before being retired. It feels like an excuse to make money, and it will be interesting to see if other publishers follow suit.