I found the following information on my local library's website. I followed the link and signed the petition asking publishers to make e-books available to our libraries. Here's what they shared:
Libraries are having trouble getting ebooks from the largest publishing companies. These publishers are adding restrictions and price increases, or simply not selling ebooks to libraries at all:
- Penguin recently ended ebook lending to public libraries.
- HarperCollins has a 26-checkout limit on each ebook … and then the library has to buy it again.
- Random House allows unrestricted access to ebooks, but recently raised prices – in some cases tripling them.
- Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and Hachette don’t sell ebooks to libraries at all.
This means that library customers can get a print copy of a book from a library, but can’t get that same book in an ebook format. But that’s not what our customers want. Our customers are readers – and our readers want books, in all formats, from libraries.
Here’s our goal:
- Get readers to ﬁll out our petition, telling publishers that readers want books, in all formats, from libraries.
- Once we hit 10,000 signatures, we will snail mail the petition to publishers (we think paper will be more dramatic and effective, ironically enough).
- Why? We want to communicate directly with publishers through this petition process, with the intent of establishing formal and consistent communication between publishers and readers.
Our ultimate goal is to get books, in all formats, to our readers. This helps authors, publishers, libraries … and most importantly, our readers.
Please stop by ebooks for libraries to find out more.