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February 06, 2011

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The Overdrive model seems to make sense. Let libraries have a license to a book and let it be available for numerous patrons to load onto their devices for a limited amount of time.

We have been going around and around on this, too. Our current embryonic solution is to simply stick with Overdrive and make e-readers easier to get. What has been proposed is to settle upon a definition of "patron in good standing" for whom we would buy a reader. Then we would treat the cost like we do large-scale fines: a no-interest obligation to be repaid at x% per visit.

Interesting points. Mary and I have had much discussion on this in her class and our E-Reader Summit in Arizona last September.

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