E-books and an intriguing boulder

A bit of a stramash over the last couple of weeks about e-books and publishers wanting to restrict the time period for an e-book which is sold to a library for borrowing. An article in the NY times yesterday reported that Harper Collins would only allow a book to be loaned 26 times before it expired. Now exactly where the publishers got this figure is fairly easy to see i.e. 52 weeks in a year, 2 week loan = 26 loans. However, this does not represent the average lifetime borrowing for most printed books in public libraries i.e. the amount of loans until the book has to be replaced. Publishers fear that if libraries have too many e-books and lend them out too often, that this will affect their growing sales of e-books. On the other hand, it could be argued that if people borrow e-books from libraries, this could increase sales – as it does with many printed books. However, the power appears to rest with the publishers. Most schools now have e-books and these restrictions will apply to them also.

I found this boulder – OK, call it a big stone if you think that a boulder has to be bigger in the photo below while walking across the rocks when the tide was out, in the vain hope of getting close to some shelduck. I was intrigued by the various holes in the stone face – some like little caves, others like bullet holes and there was a skull-like appearance of the whole thing, as if at one point in time, it could speak and see and hear. The moon craters or thumb prints on the top – the more you look at it, the more you see. Another seashore sculpture.

Seashore sculpture

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One Response to “E-books and an intriguing boulder”

  1. üsküdar evden eve nakliyat Says:

    omg nice stone :O ovv nice good good thanks admin (jherring)

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