ALA welcomes cancellation of Macmillan embargo

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/17/2020


Shawnda Hines

Assistant Director, Communications

Public Policy and Advocacy Office

American Library Association

(202) 628-8410

WASHINGTON, DC — Today Macmillan Publishers announced that it would return to the library e-book pricing model that was in effect on Oct. 31, 2019, effectively canceling the embargo on sales of new titles to libraries, a policy which went into effect on Nov. 1, 2019. American Library Association Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Alan Inouye made the following statement:

“Equitable access to digital content is more important than ever as libraries continue to serve their communities amid rapidly changing circumstances. Macmillan’s return to its original lending terms signals a new starting point for all publishers to consider how they can work with libraries to ensure – and expand -- access for all readers. ALA looks forward to working with publishers to make that happen.”

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