As it stands, authors whose physical books are checked out from the library are being paid a certain amount, and to help encourage publishers to provide digital copies of printed material, the UK government is looking to extend the same service to them as well. Some publishers along with writers have expressed their concern that digital lending would not encourage readers to purchase their books again. We guess that makes sense to a certain degree as digital copies can be easily downloaded on the internet, thus saving the reader money and time in the process, and if readers were to borrow it digitally, there really is not much difference.
In fact some publishers have gone on to suggest that ebooks should “deteriorate”, basically forcing books to be repurchased the same way physical books can be worn out and break apart over time. It is an interesting notion but what do you guys think? Should publishers move on from that mindset and start treating ebooks as an entirely new type of intellectual property?
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