Why do some books have holds lists?

There’s some variety in how library digital book systems work.

Cloud Library: we have to buy every copy of each book on these. So, if all copies are checked out, you place a hold. Of course we wish that you did not have to wait, but we’d need an unlimited budget to accomplish zero holds lists. Digital library audiobooks can cost as much as $109 per copy. Library ebooks can cost as much as $65 per copy, and many of the "cheaper" ebook copies ($12-60) actually *expire* after a certain number of checkouts or a time period (like a year).

Enki Library: also has specific copies, but as the collection there is quite large holds lists are uncommon (or very short).

No Holds Systems: the library doesn’t buy individual books. These work more like a rental system - the library pays based on how many books are checked out (Freading). Mostly it is medium-small publishers willing to do this type. The biggest publishers would much rather have us buy actual copies.

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1. What library card do I need to use these books?
2. How long do books checkout?
3. What is the difference between ebooks and audiobooks?
4. Why do some books have holds lists?
5. How do I know if my device is compatible?
6. Can I request that you add a certain book on any of these services?
7. I've noticed that some bestselling authors aren't available. What is going on?
8. Is this similar to the Talking Books service?
9. Who do I contact if I have further questions or need help setting up for audiobooks or ebooks?