Including a link for patrons to buy digital or print copies from the catalog

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It could be beneficial to patrons to have an option to buy print or digital copies of books from amazon.com or some other provider through a direct link in the catalog. If there is a long waiting list, patrons can be directed to a page to buy the title, much like the "buy it now" feature in overdrive.

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Re: Including a link for patrons to buy digital or print ...

This could be great if it could be set up to direct folks to locally owned booksellers. If we were directing folks to Amazon, however, I fear that it would strain our relationship with local businesses.

Re: Including a link for patrons to buy digital or print ...

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This could probably be done quite easily at least for things that have an ISBN -- you just need to get the number from the record and surround it to with the appropriate text to turn it into a link to Amazon and/or another bookseller.  (Indiebound is probably the best way to get the local independent bookstores.)  This could be a local configuration or development could potentially turn this in an easy configuration.

I don't think the real issue here is technical -- I think the issue is professional, philosophical, political, etc.  We've all probably recently confronted this issue in our OverDrive collections with the Buy It Now option, and made different choices.  (Looks like CW MARS has this on, and NOBLE and MVLC have this off.) 

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I think links to Indiebound are a great idea.

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I agree. Amazon.com was just an example. It is possible to let people choose the website they want to buy from as well, as shown in the overdrive feature. It could be beneficial to have links to the main suppliers as well as the local book sellers mostly due to ebook complications. The whole point of this idea is to give people convenient choices in accessing books. I am all for supporting local businesses, but if I had a nook, I would want a direct link to Barnes & Noble, and if I had a kindle I would want a direct link to Amazon. Overdrive currently uses 3 links (Amazon, B&N, and Powell's books) and I do not find the choice overwhelming.

Re: Including a link for patrons to buy digital or print ...

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I see this as something individual consortia might want to explore rather than development for MassLNC to sponsor.

Re: Including a link for patrons to buy digital or print ...

I don't like the idea of mixing commercial interests with the mission of public libraries to provide free access.  You are sacrificing a core tenet of public libraries for the sake of a few mouse clicks.