Your access to eBooks is in jeopardy
Ottawa Public Library is committed to providing access to all kinds of books, ideas, information and resources. Our goal is to connect you with titles you want to read – whether it’s in print, eBook or audiobook format. Recently, Macmillan Publishing, one of the large multinational publishers, announced a business change that will have a direct impact on your ability to access popular eBooks.
Effective Friday, November 1, all public libraries, will only be able to buy one copy of any new Macmillan eBook release, and will have to wait eight weeks before they can buy additional copies. This means much longer wait times for eBooks from authors such as Louise Penny, Nora Roberts, Jeffrey Archer, Liane Moriarty, and many more.
Through this embargo, not only will Macmillan limit the public’s access to popular eBooks, but they will create a barrier for customers who cannot afford to purchase digital content, and for those who rely on their public library to access digital information. This particularly impacts people with visual or learning disabilities who use eBooks for the ease of changing font size. MacMillan’s new model for eBook lending will make it difficult for libraries to ensure access for all – which is central to our mission.
Libraries are a critical connector between authors and readers, and we fundamentally believe in open access to books, information and ideas. In response to Macmillan's action, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC), Urban Libraries Council (ULC), American Library Association (ALA), public library leaders, and other key stakeholders have joined together in opposition to Macmillan’s policy change.
We are asking all eBook lovers and those who believe in equal access to information, to stand up for libraries’ ability to buy and lend the digital content you expect to find in libraries. You may wish to sign the petition below, eBooks for All, to demand that Macmillan work with libraries to provide inclusive access to new eBooks digital content barrier-free.
Thank you for supporting OPL as we continue to stand up for your right to access information in all forms, including newly released eBooks.
CEO, Ottawa Public Library