Ebook boy­cott broad­ens

The Queens County Advance - - NEWS -

South Shore Public Li­braries may have been the first to for­mally protest the sharp price in­crease Ran­dom House in­sti­tuted for ebooks sold to li­braries, but they are no longer alone. Li­braries On­line In­cor­po­rated (LION), a con­sor­tium of 25 public, aca­demic, and school li­braries in Con­necti­cut, has also stopped pur­chas­ing ebooks from that pub­lisher.

Ran­dom House ar­bi­trar­ily in­creased ebook prices on March 1, dou­bling and even tripling the cost of pur­chas­ing ebooks for li­braries, which SSPL and LION be­lieve is un­ac­cept­able. Both or­ga­ni­za­tions also feel strongly that they must take a stand against this prac­tice that has neg­a­tively and un­fairly im­pacted li­braries’ abil­i­ties to best serve their pa­trons, and im­plore other li­braries to do the same.

The im­pact of the decision by Ran­dom House to in­crease their prices so dras­ti­cally isn’t limited to Nova Sco­tia and Con­necti­cut: SSPL and LION pur­chase ebooks through Over­drive, a dig­i­tal dis­trib­u­tor of ebooks to over 15,000 li­braries, schools, and col­leges world­wide.

SSPL and LION rec­og­nize the pop­u­lar­ity of ebooks, and seek a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship be­tween li­braries and pub­lish­ers. To this end, they have each con­tacted Ran­dom House to open dis­cus­sions that will re­solve the sit­u­a­tion suc­cess­fully for all par­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion on this is­sue, visit the Li­brary’s web­site – southshore­pub­li­cli­braries.ca

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