I mean, really, where would we be?
There’s this thing going on these days that baffles me: It’s the not-playing-nicely thing between publishers and libraries over ebooks. I’m a published author, so I am involved, but I’m guessing you know a whole lot more about it than I do since you’re in the thick of it.
The thing is, it really does baffle me. Granted, I know how important it is both to the publisher and the author to be paid for their work. I’m an author and I’m not stupid. But screwing the libraries? Libraries?
Did any of us ever, ever become a reader without the influence of a library? If nothing else, we were regularly herded into the library at school. If we were lucky, our parents took us to the local library. But there was always a library involved. Always.
How can the publishers forget this? Yes, yes, yes, all that technology and copyright and piracy stuff is scary and gets everyone’s panties in a twist, but I cannot believe, with all the fancy technology and smart people in the world, that there’s not a solution to this. I can’t believe it’s not the priority!
Where, as I asked before, would any of us be without the libraries? Where do the publishers think their customers came from, and where do they think their customers were taught and nurtured to become the people who buy their books today?
Get with it, publishing world. You need libraries maybe even more than they need you. (Those librarians are smart people, I bet they’d work something out.) Stop being stupid.
Pretty please and thank you.
I ask you, librarians, what do you think about this situation?
Leah Petersen is an author whose first novel, Fighting Gravity, has just been published. She blogs at www.leahpetersen.com/blog/, tweets @leahpetersen, and has a presence both on Google+ and on Facebook.