Do you love borrowing eBooks from your library? Do you value the convenience and accessibility of eBooks, especially if you have trouble getting to the library?
If so, you are among the millions of people who now access digital content through their public library.
However, one publisher has announced plans to limit readers’ access to new eBook titles through their libraries.
Macmillan Publishers has announced that beginning November 1, 2019, libraries will be able to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release.
That means that readers who wish to read a new release will be queued into long waitlists, forcing them to decide whether to buy the book or wait months -- or even years -- to read it.
By instituting this embargo, publishers are limiting libraries’ ability to provide unrestricted access to information for all. Macmillan doesn’t recognize the enormous value that libraries bring to promoting reading, authors and new titles in communities nationwide.