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.
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.
However, unlike print books, you have limited our ebook choices at libraries. We don't think this is fair – for us or for libraries. We want the choice to check out your books, in any format, from our local libraries. We want the ability to use libraries digitally just as we have with print.
As book lenders, libraries directly and indirectly encourage us to purchase books. We will still buy your ebooks, but we need libraries to help us discover, explore, and connect. We see libraries as your partners and we respectfully ask that you work with them.
Therefore, we sign this petition to encourage publishers to work with libraries to:
- Provide digital content to libraries
- Allow libraries to have access to books in all formats
- Develop a business model that allows publishers and authors to thrive while ensuring that libraries can continue to serve readers and build collections for our communities.