Writers support libraries
A lot of librarians missed this: NWU Supports Librarians' Objections to Publishers' E-book Licensing Terms.
There's an interesting issue here. We all know, consumers and libraries alike, that in effect, our ebook purchases aren't purchases at all. They are licenses. We can't give the books away, we can't resell them, we can't donate them. That's a license. Yet Random House has declared that libraries own their ebooks.
Here's what a lot of people don't know. I didn't. Modern author contracts call for an author royalty of 10% or so for sales. But for licensing, authors are supposed to get 50%. So you have to wonder: is Random House licensing their works, but taking 90%, when they should only get 50?
Somehow, this copyright and publishing framework has become a corporate asset, benefitting neither the public, nor the creator.
Calling all authors: why not publish at the library? We'll give you 90%.
Having said that, of course, at this writing, few libraries have the means of receiving a donation. But that's changing. I believe we're seeing a movement toward direct library management of digital content. So at some point, the question becomes, who will the author and the public trust more: the publisher (Random House), the distributor (Amazon or OverDrive), or the local library?