The Virtual Library of the Pioneer Library System decided to take a look at the print editions of HarperCollins titles, in which they ask the question, What does wear and tear look like on a print book? Is 26 checkouts a realistic standard to apply to ebooks?
It does seem pretty ridiculous. Here's a link to their Open Letter to HarperCollins.
I'm wondering if this might halt the growth of e-books available in libraries? Because I love a real, paper book, part of me wants to think this is a good thing. I know, not really - if e-books are what patrons want, then libraries need to offer them. They just won't be offering e-books from HarperCollins unless the publisher is ready to change their ridiculous new policy.
Chances are this is what HarperCollins really wants anyway. If their titles aren't available from libraries, e-book readers will have to purchase their own copies - and most likely won't read them anywhere near 26 times.