That’s the title of an article by Peter in Publishers Weekly. Here’s an excerpt:
Any library fighting to preserve access to digital books faces an nearly impossible task when confronted with Author’s new ibooks. There’s no independent platform capable of hosting these books beyond the iBookstore, and no way to drive lending. Readers wishing to take advantage of ibooks must be Apple iPad users, and no library will be maintaining an inventory of iPad bling until iPad pricing drops far lower than it is now. Even then, the tying of the ibooks format to the iPad device interferes with the library’s mission to provide as broad access to published literature as possible. It also prevents libraries, whether public or national, from preserving ibooks files in a way that ensures continual access by future generations.
Libraries can’t benefit from forked ebook standards, and they can’t benefit from proprietary platform silos, whether they’re Apple’s or Amazon’s. Should Amazon respond with its own KF8 format authoring development, the race is on to a rich universe of compelling, interactive, visually rich ebook content. But that race leaves libraries stuck at the starting post. Only if an independent rich authoring environment that generates EPUB3-compliant files emerges – which I think it will – will the library market benefit. Whether or not there will be attractive neutral distribution channels for vanilla EPUB3 files, however, remains to be seen.
Thanks to Michael von Glahn for the link.