The #hcod issue has gone a long way toward demonstrating the passion and dedication librarians feel toward their collections. There have been some fantastic responses (not to mention some fantastic efforts to gather them all), and each day shows that our understanding of the issue is continuing to evolve.
But there’s a prevailing sense of “well, now what?” hanging over this conversation. All this noise is creating an opportunity for someone from HarperCollins to reach out to us. It’s up to them to make that happen, and we’ll see if any of these entreaties go beyond the PR boilerplate we’ve received thus far.
As something of an Open Thread Thursday discussion, I’d like to posit a couple of questions.
1. What does our ideal ebook lending environment look like?
2. What are we willing to pay for it?
Our ability to reconcile these two questions will go a long way toward showing us if a lending model for ebooks is even worth pursuing.
What do you think?