‘We’re sorry, but there are 300 people ahead of you in line for our one copy of the e-book you’ve been anticipating all year.” This is the message many public libraries will be forced to relay to readers of e-books published by Macmillan Publishers this fall.
Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan will limit libraries to purchase only ONE COPY of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after its release. Additional copies will then be available for two years of access at a price quadruple consumer prices.
An average of 3,000 people each day are signing the online petition at eBooksForAll.org, urging Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent to reverse the planned embargo on eBooks sold to libraries. In its first month, the American Library Association's #eBooksForAll campaign has garnered more than 100,000 signatures from readers, authors, library staff and patrons from all 50 states.
"The groundswell of support we've seen for our #eBooksForAll campaign underscores the vast number of readers that will be impacted by Macmillan Publishers’ planned embargo on eBook sales to libraries," said ALA President Wanda Brown. "It's clear that readers across the nation are concerned about a reduction in library access to eBooks. Together we will continue to voice our opposition and seek a resolution that does not involve arbitrary restrictions on library purchases."
As the Frankfurt Book Fair gets underway this week, the American Library Association is taking the campaign to Europe and to Macmillan Publishers’ parent company Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, encouraging readers worldwide to share their displeasure and concerns about the eBook embargo.
This campaign — which also includes hundreds of editorials, blogs and news stories across the nation — is making a difference.
If you haven’t done so already, please sign the petition telling Macmillan’s CEO John Sargent that access to eBooks should not be delayed or denied.
If you've already signed, thank you — here’s how you can continue to help:
1. Share the petition with three friends and encourage them to sign
2. Post the video below on your social media channels to help educate others about the threat to library eBooks
3. Print out flyers and post them on local bulletin boards in your community
You are making a difference. Get others involved today and ask them to join the American Library Association and libraries across the country in demanding #eBooksforAll.