Why is there a waiting list for eBooks?

Shouldn't digital mean that anyone can get a book at any time?

This can be a hard issue to explain for libraries. Publishers of econtent (eBooks and downloadable audiobooks) have control over how they license their books to libraries and library vendors like OverDrive.

This site, created by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, explains the issue very well. While this site is Canadian, this is a universal issue in libraries. We invite you to visit this site to learn more about this issue.

You may have to place a hold on an eBook to be put on the waiting list. There are some titles that have unlimited copies available.

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