#eBooksForAll

Here is some library humor to celebrate National Library Week. Library people and book lovers alike are a quirky bunch, Enjoy some of our library funnies.

If you’ve followed me for long, you know that getting eBooks from the library is one of my favorite things in life. I am pretty strict when it comes to allowing myself to buy anything that’s not a necessity and even though books give me life, I only buy a couple a year – usually when I go to an author event so I can get it signed. Looking at my 2018 stats, out of the 150 books I read, about 32% were eBooks from the library. Only about 3% were ones I purchased. The rest came from a mix of publishers, NetGalley, gifts, borrows from friends, or a couple months worth of Kindle Unlimited subscriptions.

Starting in November, though, eBooks from the library could become a lot harder to get. Macmillan Publishers are changing their eContent policies and other publishers are taking notice. Starting November 1st, libraries can only buy 1 copy of a Macmillan eBook and there will be an 8 week embargo before they can purchase more. After those 8 weeks, they will be able toΒ lease more copies at $60/book. That lease will be for two years. This could mean that soon books more than two years old won’t be available as an eBook because your library decides to prioritize more current, in demand titles. In the immediate future it will definitely mean much longer wait times.

Macmillan is doing this because they say libraries are hurting their bottom line. They believe that a longer wait time will mean that people will go buy the book instead. That’s probably true for some people, but there are a lot of people like me out there that can’t afford that. Since I’m so strict with the money I spend on books I almost exclusively only buy books I’ve already read before and know that I love. Not having access from the library means that I probably won’t ever read that book. I personally think this new policy will just drive up piracy instead, not sales.

The American Library Association has started a petition to ask Macmillan to reconsider this new policy. You can sign it here.

What do you think of this new policy? Do you think libraries are hurting authors?

21 thoughts on “#eBooksForAll

  1. Pardon my swearing, but this is total bullshit. I already have to wait too long for eBooks from the library and now they’re going to limit it even more. This is just going to hurt their reputation. Terrible!

  2. Great post, Stephanie.
    In a world where illiteracy numbers are still unimaginably high for a publisher to handcuff libraries that provide resources that would otherwise not be accessible for a lot of people seems downright unconscionable.
    I’ve signed! xx

  3. Can you still get physical copies of the books from the library? Do they have restrictions on those? I know it will suck to not be able to get the e-books but I don’t have enough info to really take a side. I feel like if they want to put restrictions on the books they publish then they should be allowed too, but I also think libraries are super important and I want people to have access to books! But the authors also deserve to make money if libraries really are hurting their sales. So basically I am super conflicted and just need to look up more information πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • Valid points! The policy is just for eContent right now, as far as I understand it, but I think it’s kind of a slippery slope that could lead to more restrictions in the future. There are a lot of good articles out there that give lots more information than I’ve given about it here if you want more details πŸ™‚

  4. I do not like this plan at all so I signed the petition. Maybe it will make some people go out and purchase books but that will not be the case for me. I will just be patient and wait longer. Even if I had a large book buying budget, I would not support a publisher who is planning on hurting libraries.

  5. I know about this problem and hope it can be resolved. I also read a lot of eBooks from the library and rarely buy books for myself. I do, however, buy books (often hard cover) as gifts for friends and family and think that there are a lot of people like me. And many of the books I buy are based on what I have read and enjoyed at the library. So there’s a direct connection to patrons checking out books and contributing to publishers’ sales. Great post!

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