eBook Battle

Like most libraries throughout the country HPLD is diligently working to balance the demand for e-content with its availability from publishers and the high cost publishers charge to acquire that content.

From 2010 -2011 we experienced a 127% increase in circulation of ebooks and audio ebooks. As a result, HPLD increased its 2012 e-content budget by 46% to $80,000.

Even though we’ve significantly increased the budget many Publishers continue to make it very difficult to purchase enough copies to keep up with the demand. With costs from publishers doubling or tripling per ebook it is a nearly impossible to purchase multiple copies of a title. As your local library we want to inform you of this issue so you understand the limitations imposed on your library.

You can help by writing authors and the 6 major publishers or by signing the online petition at ebooksforlibraries to ask for resolution to this issue so that once again equal access to literature can be made available.

Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

Hachette Book Group
466 Lexington Avenue #131
New York, NY 10017

Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013

Random House, Inc.
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022

This week, with Library Renewal acting as one of their partners, the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library has created a website, ebooks for libraries, to raise awareness and help convince publishers to make e-books more available to libraries.

The site contains a petition that those involved are hoping can collect at least 10,000 signatures. Once that goal is achieved, ebooks for libraries will snail mail the petition to the Big Six publishers in order to encourage them to make their e-books accessible to libraries to purchase rights to circulate.

Again, Library Renewal has partnered with the TSCPL to spread the word about the effort and we ask that you join in that effort and share the link and petition with your friends and loved ones.

More information about the project can be found on the ebooks for libraries website and in this article from The Digital Shift.”