Interesting post over at Freakonomics about how hard it would be to start libraries in the 21 century. Think about what is happening to music and beginning to happen with video.
Would the book publishers allow it? Would they charge a licensing fee? Would you need a billionaire to jump start the process or could this grow from grass roots organizing and in what communities would there be an interests in a library?
Just as interesting are the 62+ comments that share their sympathies to content publishers, the library's point of view and patrons who needs access to books.