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Tell Multinational Publishers You Want Better eContent For Libraries

This image reads the hashtags #eContentForLibraries #NumériquesPourLesBibliothèques
10/01/2019

Canadian public libraries are calling on multinational publishers to make more eContent available

Lack of availability, high prices stand in the way of open, easy access to eBooks and eAudiobooks for Canadian readers at public libraries

The Canadian Urban Libraries Council, along with public libraries across Canada, is asking the public to help resolve these issues by demanding stronger #eContentForLibraries of major multinational publishers. Canadians can send the message on social media, tagging these publishers in their posts: Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster.

 Tell multinational publishers you want better #eContentForLibraries.

Demand for eAudiobooks is skyrocketing, but major multinational publishers are not making a number of best-selling titles available to Canadian public libraries, including some prominent Canadian and Indigenous works.

Another issue is excessively high prices and restrictive purchasing models for eAudiobooks and eBooks. Libraries lend digital copies just like physical books – on a one-to-one basis. But the prices public libraries pay for digital copies are exponentially higher.

This image shows an example of what libraries have to pay for a physical copy of a book versus a digital copy - $19.30 vs $65.00

For more information on how to get involved, visit eContent for Libraries.

Fast facts

  • Digital content is the fastest growing area of borrowing for public libraries. Spending by Canada’s largest urban libraries increased by more than 45% since 2014 and continues to grow.
  • eAudiobook sales are increasing by double digits each year and, in the last three years, use at six of the largest Canadian public libraries grew by 82%
  • Overdrive, the leading provider of eBooks and eAudiobooks to libraries, reported a 24% increase in eAudiobook circulation in Canadian libraries from 2016 to 2017 alone

 

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