- Richland Library
- Friday, October 11, 2019
Our library’s tagline is #AccessFreely for a reason. We are committed to providing our customers access to the materials and services they want and need.
We want to alert you to some upcoming changes by Macmillan Publishers, one of the largest book publishers, that will impede access and the ability for public libraries to offer readers popular eBooks in a timely manner.
Beginning November 1, 2019, public libraries—regardless of size or location—will only be able to purchase ONE copy of a new eBook from Macmillan. Only after an eight-week embargo will we be able to purchase more copies.
We know popular eBooks, even with multiple copies in our collection, can have lengthy waits. Imagine even longer wait periods for some of your favorite authors, such as Liane Moriarty, Nora Roberts, Jeffrey Archer and Rainbow Rowell.
The measures Macmillan has taken will certainly exacerbate this issue, which is why public libraries across North America are trying to work with Macmillan and other publishers so that, together, we can continue to promote literacy and equitable access.
Libraries, support organizations and individual community members are all reaching out to show their concern regarding these changes.
You too, can make your voice heard by...
- Visiting ebooksforall.org
- Signing the American Library Association’s petition
- Spreading the word on social media using the hashtag #ebooksforall.
With your help, we hope to encourage Macmillan and other publishers to take notice and reconsider their terms for working with public libraries, allowing us to offer the eBooks and the service readers deserve.