In the world of constant connectivity (and e-books), these are questions that publishing company HarperCollins recently had (though for online e-libraries), so they have decided that beginning March 7, e-books will only be allowed to be checked out 26 times. This is for financial reasons, as it isn't fair to the author of the publisher to have As explained in a recent New York Times article,
"The announcement was a reminder of the publishers’ squeamishness over having their e-books available in libraries. More people are using libraries for e-reading, a practice that does not require visiting a library in person, and is possible on many electronic devices, including the Nook and the
With the world of technology, it's sad to think that the tradition of checking out books from the library may be lost. It's comforting to know, however, that somewhere out there, there are publishing companies like HarperCollins that have decided to put a limit on how much their beloved books are viewed. E-books offer the potential for convenient reading. However, when it comes to publishing and money, it seems that some things will never change-whether in actual reality or virtual reality.