Vicki Mazure, Director at Harbor Beach Area District Library, shared a link to eBooks for Libraries where there is a currently a petition for supporters and believers in the public library to sign and a chance to speak out against the Naughty Six, as coined by the Librarian in Black! Just tuning in?Here’s an explanation from the folks at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library + the people at Library Renewal:

Libraries are having trouble getting ebooks from the largest publishing companies. These publishers are adding restrictions and price increases, or simply not selling ebooks to libraries at all:

  • Penguin recently ended ebook lending to public libraries.
  • HarperCollins has a 26-checkout limit on each ebook … and then the library has to buy it again.
  • Random House allows unrestricted access to ebooks, but recently raised prices – in some cases tripling them.
  • Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and Hachette don’t sell ebooks to libraries at all.

This means that library customers can get a print copy of a book from a library, but can’t get that same book in an ebook format. But that’s not what our customers want. Our customers are readers – and our readers want books, in all formats, from libraries.

To All Book Publishers:
We are your customers. We buy your print books, your audiobooks, and your ebooks. We also use libraries. We love our libraries and we trust our librarians to recommend great reads. Libraries are unique places where we discover new authors, explore new genres, and connect with our neighbors over books. In many cases, we use libraries to find more of your books to buy.
However, unlike print books, you have limited our ebook choices at libraries. We don’t think this is fair – for us or for libraries. We want the choice to check out your books, in any format, from our local libraries. We want the ability to use libraries digitally just as we have with print.
As book lenders, libraries directly and indirectly encourage us to purchase books. We will still buy your ebooks, but we need libraries to help us discover, explore, and connect. We see libraries as your partners and we respectfully ask that you work with them.
Therefore, we sign this petition to encourage publishers to work with libraries to:
  • Provide digital content to libraries
  • Allow libraries to have access to books in all formats
  • Develop a business model that allows publishers and authors to thrive while ensuring that libraries can continue to serve readers and build collections for our communities
 Reading is your business. Reading is our business. Reading is everyone’s business. 

Want to sign the petition?
Here’s how: simply visit eBooks for Libraries.