New Petition Afoot: Publishers, Please Sell Libraries Your eBooks!

A while ago I wrote On Libraries, Publishers and E-Books, which lamented the decision of the big six publishers to withhold their ebooks from the library market.  Libraries are willing buyers of ebooks, and we have a huge customer demand, but we cannot buy The Hunger Games in ebook format because Scholastic won’t sell it to us.  The fact that not all publishers are willing to sell to us leads to weird gaps in our collection.  The public may well wonder why we have books 17 and 18 of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series in ebook format, but not any of the preceding sixteen novels.  The answer is that Smokin’ Seventeen and Explosive Eighteen are published by Bantam, which sells to libraries.   The other sixteen books were published by MacMillan, which does not.

Well, now the Public Library of Topeka and Shawnee County has taken a stand.  They have started an online petition called: ebooks for libraries asking publishers to reconsider.  Library users often purchase the books they borrow.  They use the library to discover new authors and to sample new things.  If you’re a book lover, please sign it.  Please share it.  If publishers sell to libraries, everyone benefits — including the publishers.


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Hilary Moon Murphy's fictional life currently takes place in 1836, within the boundaries of Washington, D.C.. Before that, she has fictionally lived in an ancient China that never was, Mahatma Gandhi's India, and a magical San Francisco. She is a firm believer in Sacred Cows, especially those that are really elephants.


New Petition Afoot: Publishers, Please Sell Libraries Your eBooks! — 6 Comments

  1. Such an important issue! I’m so surprised that publishers don’t recognize the vital role of libraries in building the readership and selling power of books. Especially new authors. With book prices what they are today, I rarely buy a new author’s work without having first sampled them at my local library. But once I know and love an author, I will buy their work forever.

    • Agreed. This is how I pick out my exercise and cookbooks and my new fiction… by sampling first. Libraries are a promotional tool, not competition.

    • You know, I don’t know if it will. But if nothing else, it draws attention to the issue.