The American Library Association has ongoing concerns over ebooks and audio book lending models set by the Big Five publishers (HBG, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster). Recently, Macmillan Publishers announced a new lending embargo that will limit libraries’ ability to serve their communities in an increasingly digital world.
On September 11, 2019, at 11 a.m., the American Library Association (ALA) unveiled a public action campaign opposing arbitrary restrictions to library e-book lending. The campaign is in response to Macmillan Publishers’ new policy to allow a library to purchase only one copy upon release of a new e-book title; no additional copies will be available for eight weeks...MORE
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Director Jason Kuscma explained that with a printed book, libraries own that physical title and can lend it out for perpetuity. But when it comes to e-books, which can cost two to three times more per title, they have a limited license that usually expires after a few years.
Shawnda Hines, Assoc. Director of Communications, Advocacy and Public Policy Office, ALA, 202-628-8410, firstname.lastname@example.org