[LINK] HarperCollins library ebooks will now self-destruct after 26 checkouts

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Mon Mar 14 14:33:55 AEDT 2011


> How a HarperCollins library book looks after 26 checkouts (pretty good!)
> Cory Doctorow at 8:24 AM Thursday, Mar 3, 2011 
> Shocked by the news that HarperCollins has told libraries that its ebooks will now self-destruct after 26 checkouts because that's how long a print book lasts, these librarians give us a tour of some of HarperCollins's books in their collection that have circulated much more than 26 times. They even have a copy of Coraline with a lifetime guarantee!
> The HarperCollins editions of my books are damned hardy items, I must say. I know whereof I speak -- I've done time repairing books at busy circulating libraries and I'm happy to report that the HC editions of my work are robust and fine examples of bookbindery. 

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