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We Want To Save Your eBooks
Posted By:  Cari Hillman
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

You know that book that’s at the top of your “Must Read” list? With the new policies major publishers have for public libraries, that eBook will be a lot more difficult to acquire.

Their new terms restrict how libraries can purchase and circulate eBooks and eAudiobooks. Here’s the situation:
· None of the big publishers are selling or licensing eBooks and eAudiobooks to public libraries in the same way they do print copies.
· Libraries are limited on the number of copies they can purchase, as well as when and how long they can be active in the library’s catalog.
· In some cases libraries are being denied access or enduring significant delays for electronic new releases.

MidPointe Library System has offered eBooks and eAudiobooks to patrons for more than a decade, long before it was as popular as it is today. In fact, 171,253 eBooks and 113,166 eAudiobooks were borrowed from MidPointe Library System last year. 

The costs associated with eBooks and eAudiobooks are rising as well. Libraries are often required to pay several times the retail price and now may be forced to re-purchase popular titles every two years. In 2018, MidPointe Library System budgeted $500,000 for digital content to meet patron requests. According to the Ohio Library Council’s ROI calculator, this investment in electronic titles saved patrons over $4,000,000.

“MidPointe remains devoted to providing our patrons with the best digital library materials. We are incredibly disappointed that publishers have changed their policies to hurt library users.  We will continue to advocate for policy changes and do our best to protect library customers from these restrictive practices,” says MidPointe Executive Director Travis Bautz.  

We hope to reverse or modify these new policy changes by working with the publishers and authors, as well as library consortia, our state and national library associations, and other stakeholders. We will keep you updated as the situation develops.



 
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