Publishers’ decisions mean bad news for ebook lovers

Help us fight changes to ebook policies! 

Note before you start reading! If you're already well-versed in this topic and just want publisher contact information, scroll to the bottom. 

We don't pay Amazon prices... 

Ever wondered why the Library doesn't have unlimited copies of digital books? 

It should be easy, right? Buy 100 digital copies of a book and let everyone borrow them. Not quite... libraries lend digital copies just like printed books - on a one-to-one basis. And the prices we pay for those digital copies through our vendors are mind-bogglingly high. 

Take, for example, Celeste Ng's New York Times bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere. You could go on Amazon and get the ebook for $12.99. Want to know how much the Library pays for ONE copy? $65! 

It's about to get even more expensive...

And now, the big publishers are putting in place new policies that will make it even harder for libraries to keep up with demand.

One of these changes will make it so that libraries can only "rent" titles for a certain number of check outs or a certain time period, causing libraries to purchase them over and over. 

Waitlists are about to get longer...

And then there's the embargo. When a highly-anticipated book is released, we'll only get to purchase one copy for up to two months after the book is released. There's no way to keep up with demand.

Do you think this is unfair?

Whether you prefer snail mail, email, or social media (use #eContentForLibraries), you can make your voice heard by contacting the publishers directly. You can also sign this petition from the American Library Association. Together, we can make sure that we—and libraries all over the world—can continue serving our communities and providing equitable access to digital books.

Hachette Book Group
Facebook: HachetteUS
Instagram: @hachettebooks
Twitter: @HachetteUS

Hachette Book Group
Attn: Michael Pietsch, CEO
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104

HarperCollins Publishers
Facebook: HarperCollins
Instagram: @harpercollinsus
Twitter: @HarperCollins

HarperCollins Publishers
Attn: Brian Murray, President
195 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

Macmillan Publishers
Facebook: MacmillanUSA
Instagram: @macmillanusa
Twitter: MacmillanUSA

MacMillan Publishers
Attn: John Sargent, Chief Executive Officer
175 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Penguin Random House U.S. or web form
Facebook: PenguinRandomHouse
Instagram: @penguinrandomhouse
Twitter: @penguinrandom

Penguin Random House U.S.
Attn: Madeline McIntosh, Chief Executive Officer
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Simon & Schuster

Use web contact form
Facebook: Simonandschuster
Instagram: @simonandschuster
Twitter: @simonschuster

Simon & Schuster
Attn: Carolyn Kroll Reidy, President
1230 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10020

Want to learn more?

Check out our blog post on the issue, or visit these pages created by the Urban Libraries Council and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council