From The Bookseller:

Nottinghamshire library service has become the first to institute a charge for e-book loans.

The service, which launched its e-book programme in August, charges £1 per book loan with payment taken via a PayPal account. Head of libraries Peter Gaw said: “It’s quite a difficult budget situation and we felt we weren’t in a position to provide it for free at a time when we were cutting back on our hard copy book fund. Our provider is Askews, and the way it is set up, a charge clocks up on each loan. If e-books become very popular, we’d then have a bill we hadn’t budgeted for.”

More in the article.


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