Because it’s electronic, a reader would think an eBook is available on demand. Surprisingly, however, readers who obtain their eBooks from libraries can face a lineup. The reason is simple. Libraries pay between $40 to $60 per title for a license to provide those works for a period of two years. Numerically, that amounts to 53 check-outs over the interval. (“A Digital Dilemma for Libraries,” The Week, !2/13/19, pg. 18.) Obviously, interest in a best seller will exceed 53 requests.
Surprised by the popularity of library eBooks, publishers have limited availability even further. One large publishing house won’t make titles available until 8 weeks after publication. (Ibid, pg. 18.) Their decision makes “standing in line” more inevitable.
I’ve never distributed my eBooks through the library system, though paperbacks are available. My guess is that most folks can afford $2.99 for immediate access. In fact, there’s still time to load up on one of my mysteries or enjoy a good laugh with Heart Land. Why not gift some friends? Feel free to click away here. You deserve a good holiday.