Beginning November 1, Macmillan Publishers will only allow libraries to purchase one copy of new eBook titles for the first eight weeks after a book's release.
That means we will have just a single copy of new, popular titles by authors like Louise Penny, Nora Roberts, J.D. Robb during the first weeks after those books are published. We expect this will result in longer waitlists for Macmillan ebooks.
This week, the directors of all Twin Cities metro libraries published a piece in the Star Tribune outlining our opposition to this new policy and what readers can do to share their opinions on it.
While any decision that limits library’s ability to provide community members with access to books is concerning, the Star Tribune piece includes two broad issues:
Macmillan is a large publishing house that is home to many popular authors like:
The American Library Association has created a petition called #eBooksForAll. More than 100,000 readers have already signed this petition asking Macmillan to reverse their decision.
If you disagree, you can sign the petition and share it with your friends and family: www.ebooksforall.org.