Explaining New Publisher Policies to Staff, Board and Patrons
Library patrons are upset that their desired new eBook or eAudiobook is not available or is on a long wait list.
Major publishers are changing policies on eBooks and eAudiobooks.
Let's help our staff, boards, patrons and community supporters understand:
- The big publishers are not selling or licensing eBooks and eAudiobooks to libraries in the same way they do print copies. It just doesn't make sense that a publisher charges the library $90 for an eBook that a person can buy for $7.99.
- Libraries are limited on the number of copies they can purchase, as well as when and how long they can be active in the library’s catalog.
- In some cases libraries are being denied access to the electronic new releases.
These changes will make it impossible for libraries to provide equal access to information and hurt Hoosiers who depend on the library the most.
What can YOU do?
- Educate your staff and board about publisher policies and impact on library service. We have linked two sample messages to share:
- a version you may customize with your library name and eBook usage statistics, and
- a more generic message for local use. Please contact us with specific questions or concerns.
- Contact us with questions or ideas.