What do you think about this announcement?Free E-Books at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. This is what they announced:
Upon arrival at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, travelers can now access thousands of free downloadable e-books on their smart phone or e-reader, while waiting to claim their luggage and begin their visit to beautiful Broward County. The free program is a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, and a partnership between the Airport and Broward County Libraries.
More than 15,000 book titles are available, which can be accessed quickly and easily by simply scanning a Quick Response (QR) code displayed on screens throughout the Airport’s baggage claim areas. A library card is not required. A QR code reader app is required – several are available and many are free.
To download a book, simply visit one of the 12 screens conveniently located in the baggage claim area of each of the Airport’s four terminals. Use your smartphone or electronic reading device to scan the QR code. Choose from nonfiction, fiction, children’s titles, classics and more – free. The book titles never expire.
Well, I assume the eBooks are either public domain free books - or eBooks the library purchased, like other books.
I know at our library, if they purchase an eBook, it is like any other book - they can only lend it out to one person at a time. It is not like they buy one eBook and then loan it out to 100 people at once.
Authors typically want libraries to purchase their books - as it can be profitable. It helps them sell thousands of copies.
I would be surprised if the library is loaning eBooks in this fashion, that are not in public domain. It would limit what they could lend to those with library cards. Yet, I could be wrong. I would be curious to know more.
but it doesn't say much about the content. The Broward County Library website claims to have 34,000 public domain titles available for ePub distribution with no expiration date. That's probably what they're talking about in the airport lending announcement.