Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan Publishers will allow libraries to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release. Here’s the truth: Limiting access to new titles for libraries means limiting access for readers like you. Macmillan is the only major publisher to propose such an embargo, and readers cannot stay silent! Visit https://ebooksforall.org/ and tell Macmillan Publishers that you demand #eBooksForAll

Why This Matters

Stopping Macmillian’s embargo will benefit many stakeholders, including: 

  • Libraries, whose mission is to ensure that all people have access to the world's knowledge, regardless of format.
  • Library patrons, especially those with visual and other disabilities, who rely on eBooks for adjustable text size and spacing, and who particularly benefit from lightweight, easier-to-hold eReaders. 
  • Authors, especially new authors, who depend on libraries to provide exposure for their creative works and opportunity for readers to discover them.
  • Publishers, who rely on a constant supply of readers and demand for their products, which libraries provide at no charge to the publisher.

Please, share this information with others. Use social media to spread the word and urge others to sign the petition. Here at BiblioTech, we want to ensure that we are providing all of our patrons with equal access, and access to the best content. MacMillan's embargo prevents us from doing just that, and this is a travesty. 

#eBooksForAll