That’s the title of an article in  Publishers Weekly:

And then there was one. After Penguin announced this week that it was pulling its frontlist e-book titles from libraries and disabling all Kindle library lends, Random House remains the only “Big Six” publisher to embrace library sales of e-book editions. But with the e-book market changing, and discord over Amazon’s recent moves in the marketplace simmering, is the company reconsidering its position?

In a brief statement, Random House officials said that for now the company was “maintaining its current policy regarding digital library sales,” but added it is “actively reviewing” that position. Asked if that meant changes were under discussion, Random House spokesman Stuart Applebaum told PW it would be “inappropriate and premature” to infer that the company’s review of its policy meant a change was coming. “We regularly review our sales practices and policies for all channels,” Applebaum noted, adding that the company was engaged “in internal and also external discussion with our partners.”

More in the article.


  1. So which is true: do I buy one copy of an eBook or do I license one copy of an eBook. Is there a EULA that we assent to that would answer this question if only someone would plow through the reading of that EULA and then enlighten the rest of us as to what it really says?

    If I buy one copy of a book, I should be able to do whatever I want with it: lend it, give it away, destroy it, scribble in the margins and all that. The Doctrine of First Sale, established more than a century ago, says so.

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