ANSWER: They will not.

Or we could save our energy and find untapped sources of content created by our local users and work together to create a single publishing platform and rights-management tool to allow easy creation and access to local content.

That’s the excellent ending of Kathryn Greenhill’s answer to her own question: How do we force publishers to give us ebook content that includes works that our users want and that they find easy to download to their chosen device?

This is such a compelling vision of a way forward for libraries. Not only is it more attainable than forcing publishers to do anything (or even compelling them) but it would result in a much more meaningful public library.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the posts in her series!

2 thoughts on “ANSWER: They will not.”

  1. Thanks for featuring this Aaron.

    I too look forward to the rest of posts in this series – for a slightly different reason. :) This is one of those posts that I was sitting on and sitting on trying to find time to address 11 points, then decided to push out as much as I had…

    I know the other eight issues and even the answers, but still have to give my reasoning – which will come…however slower than I would like,I fear…

    I’m interested to hear from you or your readers what they think are the most important conversations we will be having in libraryland in 2011 – even if they do not have answers :)

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