Ebook boycott broadens
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