My local library service, Hertfordshire Libraries, has recently begun a service that allows users to download free e-books and audio books. I was quite startled and pleasantly surprised that they are doing this. For audio books it’s great, because these usually cost £2-3 to rent out for three weeks. I’m not as bothered about e-books, but it sounds like a good idea.
However, I do worry about DRM. There must surely be a way to stop lenders from distributing these electronic versions? By the way I really don’t agree with the sentiment of the image displayed, there surely needs to be some controls?
I really support public libraries, I think they do an amazing job. Without them I am sure the amount of books I read would be a lot less and lot less adventurous – after all why spend £7-10 on a book if you don’t know if you’re going to like it or not?