by Jonathan H. Harwell, Rollins College
The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, in partnership with Library Renewal, has launched a petition drive for e-books. They’re trying to convince certain publishers to sell e-books to libraries, and for other publishers to make their pricing and sales models more library-friendly. Here’s how they’re calling them out:
- 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.
The petition is online at http://ebooksforlibraries.com/ (the source of the bulleted items above). The goal is 10,000 signatures, and there are 5137 so far.
Meanwhile, Colorado’s Douglas County Libraries have been building it so they will come. Not a baseball diamond, but an e-book and music portal, where they’ve purchased and are hosting all of the content. They only have 800(!) publishers on board so far…other publishers and libraries are also lining up to try their hand at this model. BoingBoing has the scoop, including a video that shows off the snazzy interface.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.