I have a Mathematics education and have been working in Business Analytics for over 15 years. I have experience in the Transportation and HR industries. I am currently working in the Medical/Healthcare industry.
I am very interested in the current disruption going on in the publishing industry due to the digitization of books (eBooks).
I bought my first eReader back in February 2010 and I'm currently on my second eReader (NOOKcolor). What a fantastic way to read. And all those .pdf's on web for continuing eduction? They're on my NOOKcolor too. 'Lean Back' technology is a wonderful thing!
Recently, the publisher HarperCollins announced that their eBooks at public libraries would have a 26 checkout limit before the license expires. I.e. Libraries will have to buy another license (copy) after a book is checked out 26 times. HarperCollins' reasoning is that 'physical' books [also know as DTB's - Dead Tree Books] 'wear out' so therefore eBooks should 'wear out' too.
Personally, I think it is 'silly' to map business models from 'physical' objects to their 'digital' counterpart. The digital 'world' should have its own set of business models/rules.
HarpeCollins' proposal is causing quite a stir with the Libraries. Both Publishers and Libraries are trying to survive the disruption, but neither are going about it very well.
Here is a link to a nice analysis on the potential impact of HarperCollins 26-checkout-expiration' rule by Eric Hellman on TeleRead.