Have you ever heard of a business flat out refusing to sell their product to a reliable and well funded customer? Sounds like a crazy way to do business. However, that is the case right now between some publishers and libraries. Hachette and HarperCollins are two publishers who have changed their lending models to make it more expensive and restrictive for libraries to purchase eBooks and eAudiobooks.
Now, one publisher has decided to implement a new model designed to severely limit public libraries from providing eBooks to their residents. Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan Publishers will allow libraries to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release. Macmillan claims that libraries are eating into their profits, yet libraries already pay on average $25 per title, and often have to buy it again after a set number of downloads or years. As the American Library Association states:
“This embargo would limit libraries’ ability to provide access to information for all. It particularly harms library patrons with disabilities or learning issues. One of the great things about eBooks is that they can become large-print books with only a few clicks, and most eBook readers offer fonts and line spacing that make reading easier for people who have dyslexia or other visual challenges. Because portable devices are light and easy to hold, eBooks are easier to use for some people who have physical disabilities.
Here’s the truth: Limiting access to new titles for libraries means limiting access for readers like you.”
Help ensure that public libraries have access to eBooks for all readers. Sign the ALA petition to let publishers know that access to eBooks is a right for all!