Re: Paper Books are so 20th Century
actually, quite a few places allow for lending now on e-books yes not to the extent of physical media but still, its better than nothing at all.
The whole concept of lending books is part of the initial problem, you take a book, typically paperbacks, and sell that book to a shop, you make money as does the author, that shop then sells it to a customer, so they can make their cut, at this point the author and publisher makes no further money. Each time that book is then lent and passed on is no further benefit to anyone but the person who sells it.
Lets assume that with paperbacks every book is passed on at least once,. if the publishers actually got money for that transaction they "could" sell the book initially for much less
on the assumption it would get sold on. with paper formats that's almost impossible to Govan but with digital its quite possible.
Personally I wouldn't mind paying for any book I want, but what I begrudge is paying too much.
Hardbacks are different, people don't tend to sell on these things so it would be harder to work out and rightly should be more expensive. although I think £20 is getting a tad high
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