eBooks are supposed to replace paper books – the wear and tear of physical books makes their lifespan and longevity limited and are intended to be replaced with electronic versions that make them accessible forever. It can get extremely costly for a library to buy multiple physical copies of books… What if the book is not popular, therefore, it isn’t accessed or used much? What if the book is lost? What if the book never gets returned by the individual who checked it out? What if there are not enough copies of the book? Ebooks allow libraries to evolve and survive in the Digital Age. eBooks for libraries allow people to access books beyond the physical walls of the library and read them on their own computers. This policy would limit the book to be checked out a total of 26 times. The library would then have to decide whether or not to repurchase the ebook. This policy threatens public access and limits access to individuals. There should not be a cap on the circulation of ebooks. This policy also threatens the entire concept of a library. Libraries rely on financial contributions and support in order to stay open. Authors, editors, and publishing companies already make profits on the sales of books but they’re being selfish in collecting additional royalties.
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