European libraries are allowed to give to the house of books in electronic form
Books in electronic form have certain advantages over their paper predecessors. For example, they are much cheaper printing and distribution, does not occupy space on shelves and not wear out. In 2014 the European Union has approved the use of books in electronic form in libraries. Surprisingly, but to read them only on a special terminal at the library that stripped e-book important properties of mobility and accessibility.
This week, the European Commission has eliminated the absurd limit of the e-book is fully equal rights with paper. The reader can take the e-book for temporary use. Thus each copy at a time can take only one person. When the time comes, the book becomes unavailable to the current reader and it can borrow somebody else. Of course, all the copies available to the library must be legally purchased.
Source: Ars Technica