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DmGuay

I received this email from my local library system. It appears big publishers are trying to reign in ebook/audiobook loans by local libraries.

A new trend in publishers’ eBook and eAudiobook purchasing policies for public libraries stands to widen the digital content divide in this country. It’s causing great concern in the library industry. Four major publishers – Blackstone Audio, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan – have enacted new policies that either limit the number of digital copies public libraries can purchase, charge much higher prices for copies than consumers pay, or make libraries wait to purchase copies until retail outlets have been able to sell them for an extended period of time.

These policy changes are detrimental to our mission of providing equal access to digital content for all of our customers:

There will be fewer copies of many titles, so wait times will be longer.
The higher cost to purchase eBooks and eAudiobooks will stretch the library’s budget and impact our ability to provide the level of service our customers have come to expect.
Customers who can’t afford to pay for eBooks and eAudiobooks will have to wait much longer than customers who can pay for them.
 

Our professional associations and library leaders across the country are speaking out in the hopes of reversing or modifying these policy changes so we can continue to effectively serve our customers. I’ll keep you updated on this rapidly evolving situation.


Here is the news story related to this via Publishers Weekly. It appears they are asking for temporary licenses, rather than one-time purchase to ebooks.
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/80486-hachette-book-group-changes-library-e-book-terms.html
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Re: Local libraries might have a harder time getting ebooks/audiobooks...
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 12:58:49 AM »
That's disgusting, but it doesn't surprise me that some big publishers are trying to squeeze even more from the limited library budgets.

I wonder if these changes will encourage librarians to take more of a look at indies, whose books typically don't have those kinds of restrictions. Unfortunately, the historical forces that have impeded library interest, such as the inability to effectively curate selections from the large numbers of indie books, are still in play.


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Re: Local libraries might have a harder time getting ebooks/audiobooks...
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2019, 03:41:44 AM »
Sounds like trade pub is making another pass at encouraging the purchase of hardcopy over digital.

That's fine. My books have already made it onto some digital library shelves, and while someone's bummed out at being number 53 on the waiting with 3 copies available (<-- my actual waitlist position for one I want now), all of those beautiful indie titles will be in the "while you're waiting" recommendations...
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